Even in the Digital Era, Beware Your Handwriting

Aug 8, 2013
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In a world in which written communication mostly takes place electronically, handwriting is a forgotten art.  Heck, elementary schools don’t even teach cursive writing anymore.  Nevertheless, opportunities to expose your handwriting do come up every now and then, and you’d be surprised how easy it is to form judgments about someone based on his or her penmanship.

Graphology is the study of handwriting, especially when employed to analyze a person’s character, personality, and attributes.  According to Pens.com, you should be on the lookout for these markers (forgive the pun):


If your letters are large, you are telling the world that you are outspoken, outgoing, and people-oriented, and that you love attention.  You may pretend to be confident, though it isn’t always real.  If your letters are average-sized, you are showing others that you are well-adjusted and adaptable.  Tiny letters indicate that you are withdrawn, studious, and meticulous.


Wide spacing between words tells others that you enjoy your freedom and don’t like your style cramped.  Narrow spacing between words indicates that you don’t like being alone and that you may be intrusive.


Having no slant to your letters demonstrates that you are logical and practical and don’t let emotions get the best of you.  If your letters slant to the right, you are open to new experiences and enjoy meeting new people.  If your letters slant to the left, you tend to keep to yourself and work behind the scenes.  A right-hander who slants left may be expressing rebellion.

Dotting of the I's

People who slash their “i’s” are telling the world that they are self-critical and lack patience for inadequacy.  Those who place the dot high over the “i” have great imagination, and those who place it right over the “i” are detail-oriented and organized.  Finally, people who place the dot to the left of the “i” are communicating that they are procrastinators.

Page Margins

If you write close to the left-hand margin, you are expressing that you live in the past and have a hard time letting things go.  On the other hand, writing close to the right-hand margin shows that you fear the unknown and worry about the future.  Writing all over the page suggests that your mind can’t stop running and that you have trouble relaxing.


Writing quickly apparently denotes that you are impatient with delays, but taking your time tells others that you are methodical and self-reliant.


Heavy pressure on the pen indicates that that you are good with commitment and take things seriously, but if the pressure is excessively heavy, you are uptight and react badly to criticism.  Light pressure demonstrates sensitivity, diplomacy, and empathy, but also a lack of vitality.


If your signature is not legible, you are private and hard to read.  A legible signature shows that you are confident and comfortable in your own skin, and that you don’t need to pretend to be something you’re not.

Can you detect anything in your handwriting that might be holding you back?

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