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Instead what happens is the mind darts from one to another, and it is this which often leaves us feeling frazzled and intellectually dissatisfied.Colouring is not a passive act: we need to make creative decisions about which colour to choose and as we focus on not going over the lines, our minds and bodies become more relaxed.Is colouring a pastime you remember from your childhood? There's something reassuring and comforting about picking up real pens and paper again – especially when our lives are so dominated by screens and mice and keyboards.

I'm not particularly artistic but with a colouring book, I can be,' says Danielle Lucas.He saw them as ‘the psychological expression of the totality of the self’ and since then research has provided some backing for his theory.Infants are born with a desire to look at circles, probably because the ability to seek out circular, face-like stimuli helps them to bond with their care givers.Long before colouring books started outselling cookery, the great Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, saw that drawing might aid self-exploration.In the early 20th century he did this through mandalas – designs which use concentric lines and circles and have their origins in India.

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