What does your handwriting say about you?

A colleague of mine enjoys a casual study of graphology, also known as handwriting analysis. And when she offered to have a look at a sample of my handwriting, just for fun, I gave her one of last year’s journals.

Some of her insights seemed to contradict one another. For example, “Head always filled with thoughts, pride, judgments, doubts,” but also “Open and approachable, with a ‘live and let live’ attitude,'” and “Too humble/lacks confidence.”

I imagine this is the kind of thing a pro graphologer could clarify. On the other hand, astrological birth charts are always rife with contradictions. We all have our struggles, after all.

Among her other topline insights  were things I’m currently working on, such as “insecure about showing emotion.” But I also enjoyed seeing validation for things like, “dependable/good under pressure,” “enthusiastic” and even “selective about friends (hard to win over).”

If she offered to look at your handwriting, would you be curious? Apprehensive? What do you think your handwriting says about you?

5 Replies to “What does your handwriting say about you?”

  1. I always wondered about handwriting analysis because mine changes from day to day, depending on my mood, the paper I’m writing on, the pen I’m using, and the angle of my body when I’m writing. I have sections of tiny neat letters, sections of big swirls, sections mostly in cursive, some in all capitals, some written angled across the page or at right angles. Maybe handwriting analysis only works for the mood or emotional place you were in right when you you wrote it.

    1. Funny you should say that. I gave her my journal because when I write there, it’s not for anyone but me, i.e. they’re not notes taken in a business meeting or a thank letter written to a client. Plus, I’m usually tired, making me even more unguarded. I’m curious, though, how her insights might change if I gave her a sample from my “morning pages” from last fall’s Artist’s Way. Big fat loops, “t’s” entirely missing their crossbars, illegible letters by the dozen, horizonal alignment that rises and falls like a crazed gravel road in the Ozarks, etc., etc.

      On the other hand (so to speak), I’d bet we’re all more consistent than we might think. There seem to be lots of resources online to find out more, such as this one: http://www.handwritinginsights.com/lesson.html

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. To ward off tedium at my bank teller job, I used to try to determine what a customer would be like according to the signature (I understand signatures are best NOT used for analysis, however.) There were some types of writing that I could nail. I loved creative people and artists for their wonderfully unique styles. I learned enough about it that I purposely made certain I took deep plunges with the letters below the line. I wanted to be sexual and a graphologist told me that was the indicator. :)

    I met a man who owns apartment buildings on Catalina Island. He asks every potential tenant to write a parag. about why they wanted to live in his apartment. Of course, it mattered not what they said, he was analysing their writing. It kept him out of a lot of problems, he told me.

    Analysing writing is fascinating for me. – Amy

  3. Ooh, the landlord’s application is a cool one. The friend who did the analysis for me said she once refused a date from a guy, based on the “womanizer” indicators she’d noticed in his writing. (A mutual friend later called to warn her away from the guy for that very reason.)

    I also love the idea of deliberately introducing indicators into your writing as a kind of affirmation practice.

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