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Doodle Me A Tree is a book that was released this week aimed at providing a comprehensive introduction to the tree doodle personality reading method made popular by Rudy Hunter in his similarly-titled DVD Draw Me a Tree. Some Café members have raised concern over the similarities, but this book has been released with Hunter's express blessing - he even wrote a glowing foreword for it.

I had the honour of seeing Doodle Me a Tree develop as it was written, and with each new section I read, I was more and more convinced that this book was both a brilliant resource and a compelling, entertaining read.

The idea that someone’s personality and self-image would be symbolically represented in the way they drew a little tree and signed their name was one that I was originally very cynical of, but after learning the basics of the system and giving it a go, I was astounded. Of course, I was not the only one joyfully surprised to see how this tool worked; those people whose trees I interpreted were equally amazed and excited. To shine a light on the manifold expressions of the subconscious buried in a quick drawing is an experience that readers will grow to love from the first time that they try it.

The book itself is a paradox – it is a very concise introduction to the tree reading system, and yet it runs to a massive 200 pages in length! Andy Fisher has provided the broadest possible base for understanding the symbolism encoded in a person’s tree doodle and signature, but has worked hard to avoid bogging down the reader in excessive words or drawn-out psychology. This book clearly and simply lays out the most common patterns and their explanations. There is no need to justify or argue the point, as the system proves itself in practice; and it is clear from the approachability of this text that Fisher is eager for his readers to feel comfortable getting out and trying it for themselves as quickly as possible. To this end he has included countless illustrations, metaphors and diagrams to assist in speedy learning.

Despite its length, curious readers will be able to make their way from cover to cover with ease. Those who choose to study the content in more detail will love the clear chapter divisions, step-by-step building of concepts and navigable layout, making it easy to track down specific points and revise the various ideas and meanings.

Although at its heart the Doodle Me a Tree system is childishly straightforward, the deeper one explores it, the more could be said. As readers continue to try out the ideas and systems laid out in this book, they will eventually find one or two elements that have been squeezed out from its pages by time or space constraints. But knowing Fisher’s enthusiasm for this subject and his willingness to work hard to do the best possible job, I have no doubts that expansions and deeper discussions will soon appear in DMAT volume 2. And I am equally convinced that such a sequel will be just as valuable and underpriced as this release.

Other resources exist that discuss graphology and doodle-reading, but this is by far the clearest and most comprehensive that I have found. Asking someone to Doodle Me A Tree is always the start of an exciting conversation, and after the encounter both they and I leave with a big smile. This book will do wonders in bringing people together and helping readers learn to truly care about the people around them, whether strangers or close family.

Some owners of Hunter's Draw DVD will wonder whether they should also purchase this book. My honest answer is that most DVD owners will not need this book as well. But having said that, I have purchased a hard copy to add to my shelf, as the ease with which I can consult the book and find a specific section or interpretation is a massive benefit over the hard-to-navigate structure of the video. The strength of the DVD of course is the sheer number of real-time reading demonstrations offered by Rudy. And so, I am happy to own both; perhaps others will too.
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Thanks so much CJ - I really value your feedback and, as I have already said elsewhere, your guidance in the final stages of making the book print ready reflected your professionalism, eye for detail and generosity - you really are a rare soul. I hope we might meet in person one day, but until then, viva the interweb!
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On 2013-05-23 07:28, THB wrote:
Where is it to be found?

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