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What does your handwriting say about you?

My handwriting seems to evolve over the years, and when I look back and compare my handwritten notes from different stages of my life, the changes are surprisingly noticeable. I’ve always wondered whether my handwriting could be a reflection of my internal stage, so I turned to the internet for guidance.

Graphology is the study of handwriting, especially when it’s implied as a means of personality analysis. In the medical field, handwriting analysis is also used to aid the diagnosis of certain diseases. But it is a fun tool to use if you want to learn something new about your friends, family… Or yourself!

Task: Copy this quote from Harry Potter on a piece of blank paper. Write as you normally would. Try not to make your letters look a certain way.

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. ey were the last people you’d expect to be in- volved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.

Now, try and analyze your handwriting using the information from below! This is by no means a formal diagnosis of any kind, so take the results with a grain of salt.

  1. Size

  • Large: you are people-oriented, outgoing, and enjoys being the center of attention. Or perhaps you are pretending to be confident by putting up a large front.
  • Small: you are reserved and meticulous, and they pay close attention to details.
  • Average: you are adaptable and quick to adjust to new situations
  1. Slanting

  • Right: indicates extroversion and openness to new experiences
  • Left: indicates introversion, and a preference for working alone. If you are right handed, it may also be a sign of rebellion.
  • No slant: indicates a high degree of self-control and an inclination to keep one’s emotions guarded
  • Unequal slants: indicates mood swings or psychological ambivalence.
  1. Baseline

  • Ascending: traditionally associated with optimism. It may also indicate an emotional state, i.e. that you are feeling down when you were writing.
  • Straight: reflects a high degree of emotional balance.
  • Descending: traditionally associated with pessimism. It may also indicate that you are feeling down.
  1. Flow

  • Connected letters: indication of a fast mental processing speed and an inclination for logical reasoning
  • Separate letters: you rely more on intuition and hunches
  • Connected strokes within a letter: you are persistent and takes initiative in activities, without the need to interrupt tasks.
  • Disconnected strokes within a letter: you are not always practical
  1. Spacing between words

  • Wide: you don’t like crowds, and enjoys freedom. It could also be a sign of trust issues. Often times, creative people would prefer a larger personal space.
  • Average: you are in harmony with your surroundings, and aware of how much distance to put between themselves and others. You are capable of building a healthy, friendly relationship with others.
  • Narrow: you don’t like to be alone, and needs constant contact with people. It could be a sign of insecurity.
  1. Shape of the letters

  • Rounded letters: indicate creativity and an inclination for artistic endeavors
  • Pointed letters: indicate aggression, intensity, intelligence and curiosity
  • Connected letters: indicates a logical and careful, systematic approach to decisions
  1. Looping

  • Narrow “e” loops: the writes is skeptical and not easily swayed by emotions.
  • Wide “e” loops: you are open minded and enjoy new experiences.
  • Narrow “l” loops: if you write in cursive and you loop your l’s, it might be a sign of restraint or tension.
  • Wide “l” loops: indicates a relaxed state. Self-expression comes to you easily.
  1. Dotting the i’s

  • Distance: in general, a closer “i” dot to the formation of the “i” suggests an attention to details. The farther away the dot, the more to the contrary.
  • To the left: a sign of procrastination
  • To the right: a sign of impatience and an eagerness to move on
  • Very high up: you have a great imagination
  • Straight on top: you are organized and emphatic in your endeavors
  • Slashing: you are very self-critical
  • Circle: indication of a child-like or visionary personality
  1. Crossing the t’s

  • Long crosses: indicate enthusiasm and determination. You also tend to be stubborn, and have a hard time letting go.
  • Short crosses: indicate laziness and a lack of determination.
  • Crossing at the top: is an indication of ambition and optimism. You have a high self-esteem.
  • Crossing in the middle: is an indication of confidence. You are comfortable in your own skin.
  1. Page margins

  • Larger left hand margin: indicates a tendency to live in the past and a hard time letting go.
  • Larger right hand margin: indicates worries about the future and a fear of the unknown.
  • Writing all over the page: is hard for you to stay still or relaxed, because your mind is constantly running
  1. Pressure

  • Light: you are empathetic and sensitive. It can also reflect a low level of energy or tiredness.
  • Heavy: you are good with commitment, but you react quickly to criticism. It can also reflect a high level of energy.
  • Very heavy: this may be a sign that you are overly uptight.
  1. Speed

  • Fast: indicates impatience. You don’t like to waste time.
  • Slow: indicates a methodical and self-reliant personality.

Signature

  • Not legible: you are private, and hard to read or understand.
  • Legible: you are confident and you don’t need to pretend to be someone you’re not.

How it Might Relate to Health

  • If the pressure is uneven, especially if it goes from light to heavy, it’s a possible indicator of a high blood pressure.
  • If the slant of the letters vary frequently within a word or sentence, it may be a sign of a lack of continual contact with reality, and indicate schizophrenia.
  • If the pace is slow and the writing shows lots of altered letters and trembling, it may be a sign of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Very cramped and very small (known as micrographia) is a symptom of Parkinson’s Disease.

References:

Cowens, John. “Analyze Your Handwriting, by John Cowens.” Essential Learning Products. Essential Learning Products, n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2017.

“Analyzing Handwriting: Are You a Logical or an Intuitive Thinker.” Handwriting & Graphology. Handwriting & Graphology, 23 Oct. 2016. Web. 23 Sept. 2017.

“What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?” National Pen Official Site. National Pen Company, n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2017.

Ruby. “Handwriting Analysis: What Do the I – Dots Reveal About Your Personality.” Knoji. ZipfWorks, Inc., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2017.

Sarah Ma
Hello, I'm Sarah, and I'm a writer for Psych2Go. I am a psychology major, and I minor in creative writing and philosophy. As a writer I try to address mental health issues in my stories. I would like to reduce the stigma associated with mental health in media by portraying all my characters in an unbiased and nonjudgmental way, eliminating any possible misconceptions and biases.

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