Tips for Analyzing Peoples Handwriting

Graphology is the study of a person’s handwriting in order to discern characteristics, personality, and areas of ability. It is currently being used for vocational guidance to help students choose suitable careers, in personnel selection for business firms and banks, and to discern whether men and women are suitable marriage partners. Here are some fundamental features graphologists use to analyse of a sample of handwriting:

Pen Pressure
This indicates a person’s vitality. Heavy pressure shows a robust, athletic individual; the pen marks will be visible on the reverse side of the paper. A light pen pressure will be noted in those who are delicate, supersensitive, inclined to be spiritual, and also in those who are unhealthy. Medium pressure has no special significance.

Rightward-flowing handwriting indicates an outgoing, extroverted person, one who leans toward people. An extreme right slant indicates someone with dramatic ability, an actor, a salesperson, a talk show host, but beware those artistic temper tantrums! Leftward slants indicate reserve, withdrawal with extreme slants showing antisocial tendencies. Someone whose handwriting is vertical is not influenced by emotions, his intellect is in total control.

Large writing, unless there is a vision problem, often gives a clue to exhibitionism. Most people use a normal-size script. The smaller the writing, the better the powers of concentration. Microscopic writing belongs to the hermit, the introvert or a specialist in some field who examines every minute detail very carefully.

Basic Line
Lines that run uphill shows the writer is optimistic, cheerful, and well-rested. Lines that run downhill mean he is tired, depressed, sick, lacking in vitality, and may express self-doubt.

Margins and Spacing
The width or narrowness of margins and the space between words and letters indicate the width or narrowness of the writers mind. Someone with wide spaces between letters and words is a clear-thinker who tends to be extravagant. Narrowness of margins and between words indicates a muddled thinker who tends to be economical. It the writing is poorly spaced in every respect, you are probably dealing with a mentally or emotionally disturbed person.

Divide the writing into three zones. The upper zone (loops especially) symbolize the person’s principles, standards, ideals and spiritual life. The middle zone refers to reality and tells how he deals with practical problems. The lower zone gives clues to his physical demands, sexual potency, materialism and primitive impulses. The three zones should be in balance. If one is more emphasized than the others, you’ll know where his priorities lie.

Capital Letters (Upper Case Letters)
The larger the capitals, the greater the pride. If they are also ornate and do not fit well with the overall style of the script, the writer likes fancy things which may not always be in good taste. Small capitals reveal modesty, self-effacement and often humility. Angular capitals tell us the person is somewhat rigid. Printed capitals show constructive ability.

Small Letters (Lower Case Letters)
A rounded garland-like look in handwriting tells us the person is pliable, gentle and often childlike. Angular writing shows mental development, but the very angular writer is an unyielding, humourless, exacting person. When the bottom of the letters are rounded, but the tops are sharp and angular, the mind of the person is keen, while his nature is gentle and tractable.

I have only been able to scratch the surface of this fascinating topic here. There are many books available at the library, or in good book stores which help you discover the significance of different types of t-bars, and i-dots. The formation of every capital, and small letter has a story to tell. Every space in a sample of handwriting means something.

Whether you’re seeking to know yourself better, or find out about someone else, I have found this method to be very accurate. As with any skill, the more you practice and study, the better you become. When you are able to study the handwriting sample of someone with whom you must interact, whether it be an employer, a new date, a neighbor or a client, that person will no longer an unknown quantity.
“…and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”
John 8: 32