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How do you cross your “t”s and dot your “i”s? Do you use wide spacing or narrow spacing when you write? Do you slant or loop your letters? In other words, what does your handwriting say about you?
Graphology refers to the study of handwriting, particularly when used as a means of analyzing the writer’s character, personality, abilities, etc. According to graphology, also known as handwriting analysis, how you craft letters and words can reveal more than 5,000 different personality traits.
There are limitless on-line resources and websites one can navigate on the topic of graphology. For example, handwritinginsights.com offers a free on-line handwriting analysis course and a list of books and other reading materials that you can use to teach yourself to interpret others’ handwriting. Handwriting.org includes a list of on-line and correspondence courses that will teach you graphology.
Write this sentence in cursive: She sells seashells by the seashore. Why in cursive? Graphologists say it gives them a better read on a person. Here is a brief example of how graphologists might characterize you based on how you write the sentence.
If your writing slants …
To the right: You are open to the world around you and like to socialize with other people.
To the left: You generally like to work alone or behind the scenes. If you are right-handed and your handwriting slants to the left, you may be expressing rebellion.
Not at all: You tend to be logical and practical. You are guarded with your emotions.
If the size of your letters is …
Large: You have a big personality. Many celebrities have large handwriting. It may suggest that you are outgoing and like the limelight.
Small: You are focused and can concentrate easily. You tend to be introspective and shy.
Average: You are well-adjusted and adaptable.
If your “s”s are …
Round: You are a people-pleaser and seek compromise. You avoid confrontation.
Pointy: You are intellectually probing and like to study new things. The higher and pointier the peaks, the more ambitious you are.
Open at the bottom: You might not be following your heart. For example, you always wanted to be an artist, but you have a career in finance.
Printed: You are versatile.
If the pressure on your letters is …
Heavy: You are good with commitment and taking things seriously. If the pressure is excessive, you tend to be uptight and can react quickly to criticism.
Light: You are sensitive and show empathy for people, but you also lack vitality.
To try your hand at additional handwriting samples and for a fun infographic on what your handwriting might say about you, visit pens.com/handwriting-infographic.