A person's handwriting is a guide to his character. The shape of a single letter or word if analysed properly can be a guide to the hidden character and appearance of a writer.
The handwriting indicates the nature of one's present and past growth giving a true picture of one's personality.
This science or art of reading character from one's handwriting is called Graphology.
The handwriting that evolves is as personal as your fingerprints. Pressure, size, slant, style, letter shapes, spacing and scores of other details of writing vary in everybody's script. One's writing will also change according to the mood of the moment, a change, however, which will not affect one's basic writing movements.
A man's handwriting goes on changing from childhood to youth to old age as his thinking and actions change. This is due to the fact that his nervous system acts as wires. The brain gets stimulated and the muscular system is coordinated into a more or less controlled writing movement. So with this change of his writing by stages, his changing personality can also be analysed fully.
Graphology is a science which can be studied anywhere and at anytime. To analyse fully one has to work hard and practise this science. The following guidelines can be helpful in analysing one's handwriting.
The table below helps one to check the various aspects of one's personality. Select the items on right hand side and then check the handwriting characteristics.
Handwriting Characteristics Personality Characteristics
Spacing of writing State of mind
Speed of writing Amount of energy
Slope of writing Degree of affections
Size of writing Concentrative powers
Handwriting Characteristics Personality Characteristics
Check very carefully, the construction of words, their strokes, loop of letters, writing method of capital letters, slope of the words and other peculiar sign which one uses in his writing.
1. If the writing is big and wide, if letters are large and cover more space of the paper it indicates a generous and kind-hearted nature.
2. If the letters are small, crowded, written close to each other, the writer may be narrow-minded and stingy.
3. If the writing is average, then the writer is of an average nature but generous.
4. If the writing slopes to the left or backward, the writer has an attractive nature, loves beautiful things and has artistic feelings. Emotional and fond of the opposite sex.
5. If the letters are straight, running up and down, the writer is determined, sometimes obstinate and has a good will-power. He knows what he wants and cannot easily be diverted.
6. If the letters slope towards the right, he enjoys life, even when he is unhappy he does not remain gloomy. At times, he faces struggles with courage and confidence and gets providential help to overcome them. Broad-minded and a lover of all. Not sentimental but is influenced easily by the opposite sex.
7. During writing when the downward strokes of words are thicker than the upward strokes they denote the writer to be of a worrying nature, worrying over trifles and hence no peace of mind.
8. If the capital letters stand separated from other letters, they indicate that the man is of a easy-going nature and generous.
Line of writing Terminal strokes Capital letters Small letters Signature Flourishes Style Margins Pressure
State of disposition Degree of generosity Personal tastes Mental development Individuality Superficialities Sharpness of mind Sense of proportion Emotional state
9. But when capital words are joined with other letters, the person is practical.
10. When letters stand separated from each other and have equal spacing between them, they indicate that the writer has some artistic talent, loves beauty, discipline and takes life easy.
11. When the loops of letters are pointed, the person is broad-minded, and is of practical nature.
12. Rounded letters in a handwriting indicate a pleasant and affectionate nature of a person.
13. When the bottom letters are blacker or darker than the top, they denote an inventive and scientific talent
14. Usually, when a person draws a line under his signatures, it indicates pride and conceit in him, love of independence and bossing over others but inwardly being generous.
15. The method of writing has a big bearing on one's character. Words written parallel to the lines on a page, show the writer to be level-headed, even-tempered and sensible.
16. If the words run parallel to the line, above or below the line, the man has a strong strength of character and meets with success.
17. If the words run parallel to the line and across the line or even dip into the line, the writer often misses good chances of success.
18. When the letters of handwriting are properly formed they indicate the person is very methodical. His ways of working are tidy and in a planned manner.
19. Flourished letters in a handwriting denote a kind and affectionate nature.
20. If the capital letters are more artistic than the other letters the writer is of a critical nature and cruel in his behaviour with others.
21. The writing of the letter "t" should be judged critically; if the line of "t" runs over the whole word, one has strong likes and dislikes.
22. If the line of word "t" is put low down near the tip one is not kind-hearted.
23. But when the "t" is curled, convex or concave rather than a straight line, one is secretive.
24. Rounded small m's and n's indicate a childish writing.
25. Angular m*s and n*s indicate mature writing. Such a writer is decisive, able to understand others and be courteous.
26. Fast writing, heavy pressured letter forms, exaggerated capitals, and dots written like commas indicate a person who is highly strung.
27. How reliable a person is depends on various factors:
(a) If the writing is straight on the baseline it denotes a very reliable person who can be trusted to handle money in a superior position.
(b) When the writing runs on a wavy baseline it is termed as 'Poor*. Such persons are unreliable, careless in handling money but not dishonest.
(c) An irregular baseline formed during writing indicates a person easily tempted to stray from the norms of conduct. Perhaps dishonest. Never should be trusted with money.
(d) When writing indicates wandering baseline in convex or concave manner it indicates a mentally ill mind and therefore such a person cannot be trusted to follow a controlled standard of conduct. Unreliable but not dishonest
Now check your level of self-respect:
(i) If your capital T is smaller in size than the rest of your capitals, then you do not believe in yourself sufficiently.
(ii) If your capital T is the same size or slightly larger than your other capitals, you have reasonable self-respect
(iii) If your capital T is much larger than the other capitals, your self-respect is exaggerated and you will be conceited. If you are an outgoing person as well, you will tend to annoy other people.
The degree of your initiative can be checked from the pressure of your writing thus.
(i) Light pressure in writing of words indicates complete look of self-drive.
(ii) Moderate pressure indicates average drive. Mildly successful.
(iii) Heavy pressure in writing indicates a strong drive, successful in anything tried.
(a) In case you add hooks to heavy pressure your drive turns to irritating aggressiveness which will interfere with your success.
(b) If you add oversize capital letters your drive becomes selective and you become selfish and self-centred. You will be successful but you will be very unhappy because of the many feet trodden upon while climbing to the top.
Are You Frustrated?
Mr. Robert Holder has given the following checklist for a frustrated man. If any sign is present in your writing at least some frustration is present in your life. If more or all signs are found in this checklist that are present in your writing, you must take care to remove the cause of frustration.
1. Cramped, small writing.
2. T bars short, even pressured and crossed low on the stem.
3. Hooks, catches, and backward movement in writing.
4. Backward writing combined with heavy pressured small writing.
5. Narrow, close writing in a large hand.
6. Printed writing in a small hand, combined with heavy pressure.
7. Vertical writing in a medium hand combined with large, flourishing capitals.
8. Capital T made with a single stroke, heavy pressured.
9. Small letters tied with tight knots.
10. Small a's and o's tightly closed.
11. S ignatures encircled with a large loop.
Qualities of a Good Personality
1. Sincerity Straight lines, small letters of equal size, letters in words increase in size occasionally.
2. Spontaneity Downstrokes shaded, upper strokes long.
Cross strokes never descending.
3. Friendliness Letters extended, m and n are written like w and u.
4. Dependability Straight lines, letters are same size.
5. Adaptability Uneven baseline, angular writing.
6. Determination Long, firm 41* bars; lower loop letters ending in strokes instead of loops.
7. Conversational ease Smooth running hand; *d' and Y looped.
8. Broad-mindedness Letters and lines well shaped.
Qualities of a Bad Personality
1. Insincerity Decreasing size of letters in words, hasty writing in back hand style.
4. Emotional coldness
open at the bottoms,
5. Weak will
Romantic Persons uneven line of writing.
Loop letters of one line running into lines above and below; careless punctuation, V s crossed many ways and carelessly.
Backward writing in the angular hand, writing medium or large in size; light pressured writing tending toward conventional letter forms.
Ys crossed very lightly; Ts dotted with comma-like mark instead of dot.
Words close together; crowded spacing, letters never extended.
Angular, crowded, writing. All letters small; terminal strokes absent
Muddy, pasty looking, heavy writing, strokes coarser and irregular.
The distinguishing characteristics of the script of an abnormally romantic are:
1. A forward leaning hand.
2. More than usual amount of quotation marks, exclamation marks etc.
3. Letters larger at the end of each word than at the beginning.
4. Irregular baseline.
5. Bad spacing of lines.
6. Average or light pressure of script
7. Exaggerated capital letters with peculiar finals or beginning strokes.
8. Y bars to the right or flying off stem.
9. Careless punctuation.
10. Muddy, hasty appearance of writing.
Unless all these signs are found in an individual's handwriting, he is not a "True Type". If one or more of the signs listed above are missing then a person may be a "Mono Type" a "Duo Type", or "Complex" depending on the number of elements lacking. If one element is lacking, he is a Mono T>pe; that is to say, a person who is so typical of a class as to be called by its name, though not necessarily being a True Type. If two elements are absents he is a Duo Type; in other words, one who probably has a double personality and has two opposing forces that complicate his life. Finally, there is the complex, which name is given to all those whose handwriting does not lend itself to clear classification in any particular type, but which is actually a combination of several types.
1. Practical Man : Such a person is of materialistic nature in all forms and everyday matters receive his attention. His idol is money. In his hand-writing you will find:
1. Exact punctuation.
2. Words and lines well shaped.
3. Legible and neat writing.
4. Average size writing.
5. Margins absent.
6. Vertical writing.
7. Angular hand.
8. Straight lines.
9. Connected letters.
10. Small letters made with strokes instead of loop.
2. Narrow-minded Person : Such persons are selfish, inconsiderate and lacking in social graces. Of poor judgement, he cannot weigh both sides of a question. Very hard to get along with. Dogmatic in his views. His writing will show that he has:
1. Small writing.
2. Words close together.
3. Y crossings weak.
4. Crowded spacing
5. Simple capitals.
6. Ending strokes pointing downwards and to the right.
3. Ideal Housewife: Stays home and does her work. Aware of her husband's likes and dislike^. Cares for the children. Not doubtful. Good in cooking, sewing, spends wisely etc. Her handwriting will show:
1. Rounded or mixed writing.
2. Simple capitals.
5. Vertical or forward slanted writing.
6. Short or slightly long Y crossings.
8. Steady pressure.
9. Large, legible writing.
10. Good spacing.
11. Slow steady rhythm.
4. Strong-willed Person : Of independent views, self-willed, he has set opinions and dogmatic views. Has strong likes and dislikes. Such persons of either sex are very popular. Their handwriting will show:
1. Straight lines.
2. Ascending lines of writing.
3. Unconscious shading of downstrokes.
4. Vertical writings.
5. Y bar carefully and deliberately crossing stem; t-bar pointed upward across stem; t-bar dashed heavily to the right of the stem.
6. Even, steady pressure.
5. Intellectuals : Very apt to be conceited. Ready-witted, usually quite original but not very clever. Has a good appreciation of the finer things of life. Very healthy self-esteem. His/her writings indicate:
1. Marked prevalence of upper projection.
2. Harmonious proportions in writing.
3. Fast rhythm.
4. Refined, cultured, pleasing and original character.
5. Easy legibility.
6. Small writing.
7. 4d* final curved upward.
<5. Politician : The handwriting of a politician will indicate:
1. Energetic writing
2. Converging lines.
3. Shaded writings.
4. Bad spacing.
5. Angular hand.
6. Low upper projections on h,k,l.
7. Ys made tentjike.
Diplomat: He is adept at mediating in arguments and in bringing order out of chaos. He knows how to talk, never becomes involved. He uses tact at the right time and in the right place. His handwriting includes:
1. Letters in words diminishing in size.
2. First small letter of word larger than the rest.
3. Plain capitals.
5. Forward slant to writing.
8. Sincere Person: Such a person is natural and unaffected in speech and manners. He speaks frankly and directly, sincere in his talks and actions. Very likely to be imposed upon by unscrupulous persons. The handwriting of such a person indicates:
1. Straight lines.
2. Small letters of equal size.
3. Tendency to ungraceful writings.
4. Letters increase in size in the words.
6. Forward slant.
9. Deceitful Person: Wilful and malicious, dishonest. Such a person can do anything for his selfish gain. He can cheat in any manner. His handwriting will reveal:
1. Back handwriting.
2. Decreasing size of letters in words.
3. Fast writing,
4. Weak strokes.
5. Angular hand.
10. Romantic Person: A romantic is an extrovert. Likes to talk about love, woman etc. Demonstrative in love-making. The handwriting will show:
2. Exclamation points and underscores used much.
3. Long loops.
4. Forward slope.
5. Long T crossings.
6. Fast rhythm.
1. Forward slanting writing to the right about 45 degrees means a friendly and affectionate nature.
2. Forward slanting to right to a marked degree without becoming horizontal denotes a person very affectionate in nature, and one who allows the heart to rule the head in most important decisions.
3. Vertical writing denotes a person who has a good measure of self-control and is master of his emotions. His head rules his heart.
4. Backward writing, writing standing to left denotes a secretive, introspective person and one not apt to be very sincere in his demonstrations of affections.
5. Flourished capital letters and long ending strokes on small letters. Writing large and pretentious. Denotes an extravagant and adventurous nature. One pays little attention to details. Great imagination and self-esteem.
6. Ornate. Writing is dressed up with unnecessary curled letters. Denotes a fussy nature paying too much attention to unnecessary details.
7. If in writing, you find lower loop long and rounded, namely in *y\ it indicates the person is cultured. When the lower loop is wide and inflated, one is gifted with imagination and cleverness.
8. Small letter T made with no loop, return strokes to the right, denotes one is desirous of getting things done quickiy. When the loop is round and inflated it indicates one is fond of pleasures, being carefree,
9. Loop of small letter *g9 made unduly long, denotes a person with a strong tendency to exaggerate. With stroke, a persevering nature.
10. Heavy pressured writing, firmly made strokes with or without shading denotes one with assurance and aggressiveness. He lacks in delicacy, is dominant, selfish, vain, and inconsiderate, unless refined with much education.
11. Heavy pressured writing, thick and large, denotes one is deceitful and revengeful, rough and bold, self-reliant. One with heavy pressured writing, large, muddy and sloppy—denotes him to be of sensual nature, with strong passions and animal-like appetite.
12. Light pressured writing, without shading, all down strokes made lightly and without pressure indicates a temperate nature, a quiet and simple disposition, a high sense of honour, kind, has a craving for physical pleasures.
13. Capitals made with heavy pressure indicates a person who loves comforts and pleasures. Capitals three times larger and disproportionate to small letters, indicate an egoistic, conceited, proud but loving dispositionate. Capitals twice larger than the size of small letters indicate a timid nature, lacking in self-esteem.
14. Capitals made plain and large denote self-reliant nature. Strong sense of personal pride.
15. Very small writing, that is very hard to read, denotes an extremely introspective attitude, without any close friends.
16. Medium size writing indicates average tastes, ideas and desires. Practical, adjustable, materialistic.
17. Small letters of same size, denote a consistent person. With small letters of varying size, one has taste for change and variety. Cannot be depended upon in an emergency.
18. Spacing between words and lines being regular denotes a logical, well balanced mind with a sense of good judgement.
19. Irregular spacing between words and lines denotes an illogical mind, suggests poor judgement.
20. Diffused writing, words and letters spread out unevenly, denote an extravagant nature, hates hard work, has a superficial nature and lacks in concentration.
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