Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

August 21, 2006

Mapping out happiness

Filed under: Art,creativity,Psychology — secretmojo @ 10:08 pm

While researching mind mapping and concept mapping, I came across this beautiful image drawn by an artist reflecting upon happiness:


More example mindmaps are here. I realized that after time, I began contemplating some of them like mandalas (particularly Scamper) .



  1. Quite appealing to look at…

    Do you know of the open source mind mapping software Freemind ( It doesn’t make anything as artful as these hand-drawn ones though.

    Speaking of mandalas, some zen meditators (and other meditators too), I’ve observed get to a place where they playfully do the Scamper schematic as a natural thing whenever you talk to them.

    Also the Scamper one seems like it’s almost a diagram on how to create humour (maybe).

    Comment by fencer — August 22, 2006 @ 6:52 am | Reply

  2. I love it. I have always been a huge fan of mind maps – I think they are great for categorizing and organising your thoughts and seeing what is fundamental to a certain subject and what is a mere little bubble in the big scheme of the subject. Rock on.

    Comment by doris — August 22, 2006 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  3. Fencer, I’ve played with FreeMind, and was surprised how fast I could throw down ideas with it. However, I found View Your Mind to be much more fun and flexible, even though it’s not as robust (and a bit ugly). Other commercial options, such as NovaMind and ConceptDraw (my favorite) I found delightful in trial runs, but they’re much too expensive for what they do, in my opinion. Paper and pen seem to be made for mind mapping, but I never seem to have a big enough page.

    I’d be interesting to conduct a Scamper-guided conversation — I haven’t had the luck yet of experiencing something that quirky. “What time is it?” “Do you mean era, what a clock reads in Kuala Lumpur, or whether it’s the proper moment to answer you?”

    Doris, I was suprised, when recently brainstorming a mindmap on the word “truck”, how much depth there is in everything: owner, cultural meanings, kinds, contents, brands, shape, songs, “Roadmarks” by Zelazny, and so on. Really urges the brain to flesh out everything, and reveals the innate power of any word/concept. I’ll have to do more of them to say conclusively how they work for me; seems like being constrained to branching deeper is frustrating at times…

    Comment by secretmojo — August 23, 2006 @ 2:16 am | Reply

  4. Thanks for the link to VYM… very interesting. You must be a Mac guy… the Windows version is in early stages, but I may still try before long.

    You made me laugh with your sample of a Scamper guided conversation. I think what I was trying to get at was a quality of non-attachment to any particular concept… turn it up side down, play with the obverse, a kind of insightful free association, almost. Anyway, not so important…

    I tried to use the mindmap concept years ago when I was doing mining surveying in the Yukon. I had a big sheet of drafting paper pinned to the wall in my room in the dormitory and I tried to figure out a novel with bubbles and lines. The novel never went anywhere but the exercise was fun.

    Comment by fencer — August 23, 2006 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  5. Thanks for the link… I have been looking for the perfect wallpaper for my new laptop, and I think this may be it!

    Comment by Jennifer — August 23, 2006 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  6. tick tock beautiful Don Ho! Come on, you know where I am.

    BTW, loved the mandala!!!! (blushes)



    Comment by Anonymous — August 30, 2006 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

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