Vast research was done among several psychoanalysts and psychologists into human figure drawings. The subject would be asked to draw a person, being given as little information as possible in order not to lead the subject in any particular way. The subject nevertheless would frequently ask the following kinds of questions and make several comments. Who should I draw, should it be a stick person or the whole body? I don’t know how to draw. I hope you don’t show it to anyone, etc. When the subject does draw, he is actually revealing how he sees himself, as this is a picture of the self. The following is an alphabetized list of personality traits and how they are identified in a sketch. For the highest degree of accuracy, the subject should draw two or more sketches. Identical drawings, especially those that deviate from the norm, are regarded as conclusive evidence that the subject possesses the trait.
Homoerotic conflict: hands extended behind back in private area.
Homoerotic tendency: high heels on male, male subject.
Homosexuality: eyes and lashes large.
Homosexuality/sexual identification conflict/strong attachment to or dependency upon parent of opposite sex: drawing opposite sex first.
Hostility: jagged lines.
Hostility toward women, expressed overtly: witches.
Hysteric tendency: fading lines in formation of body.
Hysterical/problem in control of anger or of primitive drives/schizoid tendency: long neck.
Identification with parent of same sex: older figure than subject.
Immaturity/lack of impulse control/regression: omission of neck.
Immaturity/masturbatory fixation: yo-yo.
Impotence/virility wish: long nose.
Impotency/involutional resistance to sexual decline/virility striving: cane.
Improved prognosis for successful treatment of obesity: obese subject who draws slim figure.
Impulsive behavior: short strokes.
Impulsive/unstable: fluctuating pressure.
Inadequacy with compensatory fantasy: overemphasized features.
Inadequate virility: sparse, unpressured hair.
Indecision/self-dissatisfaction: excessive erasures.
Infantile or repressed sex drives, sensuality or sensual needs: hair emphasis.
Infantile social behavior: childlike features
Inhibition/lack of drive: figures seated.
Inhibition/repression: long, thin neck.
Insecurity: ground line, facial expression placating.
Introversion/isolation: right-to-left strokes.
Involutional impotency: foot of male emphasized.
Involutional melancholia/sexual impotency: large nose.
Judgment (poor): head and legs, profile, full-faced trunk.
Lack of achievement: thin, weak arms.
Lack of ambition: short arms.
Lack of closeness in family situation: figures far apart when drawing family, compartmentalization.
Lack of confidence in productivity or social contact: dim hands; apologetic of drawing.
Manic-schizophrenic/somatic delusions: organs shown (internal anatomy).
Masculine assertion or need for it: strong nose.
Masculine striving/sexual inadequacy: tie.
Masculine striving/sexual role confusion: Adam’s apple.
Masculine tendency: angular or squared trunk.
Masturbation guilt: finger omitted or over-extended.
Maternal dependence/somatic pre-occupation: button in midline.
Maternal figure: skirt ankle length on female (male subject). Maternal figure regarded as rejecting, unloving, and unsupportive: hands omitted on female figure.
Maternal figure unnurturing: small chest.
Maternal (protective) figure wished for: long arms; hands; prominent female figure (male subject).
Mental retardation: confusion of full face and profile (profile of forehead and nose, full face, eyes and mouth).
Narcissism/possible homosexual tendency: hair given much attention.
Need for affection/nurturing warmth: sun added when asked to draw person.
Need for autonomy: long and powerful arms and long legs.
Need for defensive intellectual control: neck emphasis.
Need for emotional security and warmth: fireplace (alight) before figure.
Need for greater status and recognition than subject feels he possesses: uniform of cowboy or soldier on male figure of male subject.
Need for support or help: fence to lean on, ground line.
This concludes list H-N.