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• 1.Head: The head is a symbol of

intellectual and fantasy activity,
of impulse and of emotional control,
socialization and communication.
• Unusually, large heads might indicate
aggressive and expansive tendencies,
an inflated ego,
over evaluation of the intellectual,
high achievement,
fantasy as a primary source of satisfaction,
regression, inhibition and dependency, and possible
• An unusually small head can indicate
feelings of inadequacy,
sexual impotence,
a feeling of intellectual inadequacy,
or weak ego conditions.
• When a head is drawn by an adult of an average or better
intelligence in a child-like fashion
(e.g., as circle rather than oval, with dots or circles for eyes, ears
stuck like jug handles, and mouth as a single line),
the clinician might infer
that the patient is
grossly immature, that the patient is regressed, or that he or she is
experiencing a good deal of anxiety/ conflict.
• An overemphasis on hair on the head (and hair emphasis on chest
or face) may indicate
virility strivings;
sexual preoccupation;
compensation for feelings of sexual inadequacy or impotence;
possible angry, aggressive, assaultive tendencies; narcissism; and
possible anxiety or conflict.
• When hair is absent, the possible interpretations include
feelings of sexual inadequacy;
castration fears;
a possible schizophrenic condition;
and low physical vigor.
2. Facial Features: When facial features are omitted, the possible
interpretations include
and superficiality in interpersonal relationships,
inadequate environmental interest,
or possible withdrawal tendencies.
• On the other hand overemphasis of facial features has been said to
over concern with outward appearances,
or feelings of inadequacy and weakness that are compensated for by
aggressive and socially dominant behavior.
Those patients with hysteroid and/ or narcissistic traits often
overemphasize the face and hair, typically with large eyes and prominent
lashes and emphasis on lips and hair.
• Unusually large or strongly reinforced eyes indicate
and other paranoid characteristics,
hypersensitivity to social opinion,
or socially outgoing tendencies.
• Unusually small or closed eyes have been said to indicate introversive tendencies,
or contemplative;
introspective tendencies.
• Eyes drawn with pupils omitted, (empty eyes) can indicate
“an introversive,
self-absorbed tendency in withdrawing persons who are not interested,
in perceiving their environment,
or who perceive it and themselves only vaguely, a condition seen in neuroses and
schizoid personalities which may be due to an inability to cope or a
communications difficulty. “
3.Nose: The nose is sometimes said to be a
phallic symbol or
a symbol of a power motive.
Thus, a large nose or one that is otherwise emphasized may indicate sexual difficulties, including
psychosexual immaturity
and/or castration fears,
sexual impotency, or aggressive tendencies.
When the nose is omitted, interpretations include
a shy,
or depressive personality style,
or feelings of castrations.
Noses drawn by adults as a button or a triangle suggests
immaturity, since they are often found in drawings of children;
a regressive response to conflict; or anxiety in older children, adolescents, or adults.
A sharply pointed nose strongly suggests
acting out tendencies.
A shaded, dim, or truncated nose may indicate
castration fear.
4. Mouth: Problems in drawing the mouth are
sometimes associated with feeding;
eating difficulties,
speech disturbances,
outbursts of anger,
or a dependent approach to life.
Mouth emphasis indicates
a possible regressive orientation;
oral emphasis in the personality;
possible verbal aggressiveness associated with a dependent,
immature personality;
possible sexual difficulties;
verbal sadism;
or depressive
or primitive tendencies.
When the mouth is omitted, the interpretations include
possible conflicts concerning oral aggressive tendencies;
depressive conditions;
difficulty or reluctance to communicate;
rejection of the need for affection; in children,
possible obsessions and anxiety; or a shy, withdrawn, depressed interpersonal style.
A cupid bow mouth in female figures has
typically been associated with exhibitionically inclined, sexually precautious,
adolescent female, where as a single line, unsmiling mouth suggest
A slash line mouth suggests
verbal aggression,
hyper criticality,
or possible sadistic tendency.
A tiny mouth suggests
denial of oral dependent needs,
while a mouth with a large grin in an adult suggests
either forced congeniality
or inappropriate affect.
If an adult drawing has teeth showing, this may suggest
or sadistic tendencies.
5. Ears: Large ears may indicate
hypersensitivity to criticism,
ideas of reference,
paranoid tendencies,
or possible auditory hallucinations.
Ears are often omitted in drawings
by normal subjects.