With technological advances, emails, text messages and typed letters are becoming much more common than handwritten ones. It’s easy to see why: These forms of communication are easier to write and allow for much quicker communication than snail mail. For me, though, a handwritten note allows for a much more personal connection than a text message ever will. Whether you’re sending business thank you cards to your employees or sympathy cards to dear friends, writing them yourself adds intimacy and feels much more genuine.
However, handwriting is also interesting in and of itself. The way you write can exhibit your own personal characteristics and quirks in a way that typing words on a screen can’t. In fact, according to the science of graphology, an individual’s handwriting can display more than 5,000 personality traits. So what does your handwriting say about you? Take a look at some of the common quirks often studied during handwriting analysis:
The way letters slant is one of the first things a graphologist looks at when analyzing someone’s handwriting. A slant to the right is very common and indicates that the writer is open, friendly and communicative. A slant to the left is less common and may signify that the person writing is more closed-off, reserved and potentially even rebellious. If the handwriting is mostly straight, the person writing is likely to be independent and logical.
Large and bold lettering can indicate an outgoing nature, although it’s also sometimes found in people who are putting on an air of confidence that they don’t really feel. Smaller handwriting may signify the exact opposite: a person who’s more introspective and timid. Small handwriting can also be found in people that are more focused and academic, rather than social. If your handwriting is average, it may mean you’re well-adjusted and balanced.
The word spacing
The word spacing refers to how much room people leave between letters. Take a look at your letters – are they far apart or right on top of each other? Wider spacing often indicates someone who’s lonely or intellectual. Narrow spaces or letters that are tightly connected could signify a person who’s careful and methodical.
How hard to you press against the paper when writing things by hand? If you use heavy pressure, it could mean you’re more committed, emotional and quick to react. Lighter pressure typically indicates that the writer is sensitive but able to go with the flow.
Letters can be divided into two zones: upper and lower. Upper zones are the taller letters, like l, h and t. Letters that dangle below the lines make up the lower zone, including y, g and p. If your upper zone letters are very tall, you may be ambitious or goal-oriented. Looped upper zone letters indicate someone who’s creative and imaginative, while narrow or retraced upper zones could suggest the writer is more detail-oriented and less imaginative.
If your lower zones are a cradle, you may like to avoid confrontation, while a full loop could indicate someone who’s high in energy or needy.
The next time you’re signing your personalized stationery, stop and take a look at your signature. A person’s signature is one of the most personal parts of their handwriting, which means yours can say a lot about you. The legibility of a person’s signature is one of the most interesting factors to analyze. Graphologists say that an illegible signature may signify the person has a lot of self-confidence and feels their identity is well-known. On the other hand, it could mean the writer is trying to conceal their identity.