Handwriting analysis: what your signature says about you (other than your name)

Handwriting and signature analysis, commonly called graphology,  is used in many fields to understand personality traits.  It is used in crime investigations, as well as in clinical therapy to solve problems.  Your future boss may even use a few graphology tips to determine whether or not you are a good fit for the job and/or your future colleagues.

So I think it’s only fair that you can look at your own handwriting and have an idea as to how you are subconsciously portraying yourself to the world.

While a professional graphologist can identify up to 700 different personality traits just from looking at one sample of writing (crazy!),  I’m only going to cover things that are easier for a rookie to pick out.

Signature Analysis vs. Handwriting Analysis

Although both handwriting and signature analysis are included in graphology, they reveal completely different feelings.  In general, your signature displays what kind of person you want to be seen as, while your handwriting shows what you really think of yourself.  Your signature is just a facade: the “J.Lo” to the “Jenny from the Block” that is your handwriting.

Printing vs. Cursive

Printed writing is used most commonly for clarity (hence why you often have to print your name after signing something).  Many fields that rely on numbers or money use printing to avoid confusion.

Because printing is mainly used for clarity, it is less expressive than cursive writing.  However, there is one exception (isn’t there always?).  Those who print in ALL CAPITALS (Norman Lewis, Adolph Gottlieb) don’t want to be seen for who they really are.  They’re hiding behind the least adaptable letters, allowing for little creativity and little personality to show through.  (This was not surprising to me, as many guys write in “caps lock”).

Cursive writing is much more revealing.  The connectedness allows for much more variation in the loops, tails, and slant.


The size of your handwriting also says a lot about your personality, and how much importance you place on yourself.  Small writing signifies an introverted person who may be very self-conscious.  Large writing displays how much importance an extrovert places upon him or herself.

Lack of Capitals

Writing your name, or “I” without using a capital letter shows a lack of self-importance and confidence.  I found this great blog post about “graphotherapy”.  Graphotherapists claim that by changing certain aspects of your handwriting, you can change your attitude towards yourself and your overall outlook.  If you’re guilty of the name-without-a-capital syndrome, I suggest you start by fixing that one!


Little to no slant shows balance and independence

A slight slant to the right indicates emotional importance and sentimentality.  Extroverts usually have a right slant.  However, beware of the extreme right slant, which indicates an overly emotional and irresposible person.

Left slants show how reserved or self-conscious someone is.  Extreme lefty slants indicate emotional repression.

If your writing is a combination of these all the same time, that shows how unpredictable and mysterious you are.  (Girls must have loved you in your day).


A wavy baseline shows unpredictibility.

An upward slanted baseline (as in my signature and printed name above) shows optimism.

On the other hand, a downward slanted baseline shows negativity.  If you’re feeling sad, force your writing to form an upward slanted baseline.

What do you think: do these basic rules hold true for you and your writing?  Has changing the way you write ever made you feel different?

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