Handwriting Analysis- What is it?

Handwriting analysis, or graphology, is the science involved in producing a personality profile of the writer by examining the characteristics, traits and strokes of an individual's handwriting. I know it seems impossible, but a trained graphologist can gather an astonishing amount of information about the writer just from analyzing their handwriting. Besides creating a complete personality profile, many other things are revealed in your handwriting, such as health issues, morality, past experiences, hidden talents, mental problems-- to name just a few. How it works Your brain guides your hand. Everything put on paper is a result of a two-way circuit between your brain and the motor reflex muscles of your hand. Thus, your handwriting becomes a Polygraph or Oscilloscope read-out of your "complete self." To you, it's just handwriting, but to a handwriting analyst, it paints a picture of the person "behind the pen." How to Begin When analyzing writing style, first look at the handwriting in general, much like you would a painting. Make mental notes of the most outstanding traits and try to get a general feeling of the writer. (After 20 years of experience I can usually put the writer in a category right away.) Then, determine the emotional energy of the writer. This is the most important factor of the personality of the writer. The emotional energy has a direct impact on every other trait displayed in the handwriting. Emotional energy is determined by how much pressure the writer uses when he writes. If you examine the writing you can determine how much pressure was used by how "dark" the writing is. Also, if you turn the page over and feel the underside you can feel how much pressure was used (especially if the sample was written on a soft surface).

Emotional energy is a combination of the physical and mental energy level. Writers with

." his head rules. A right slant (////) signals one who responds strongly to emotional situations. Now let's mix some of these traits and see what we come up with. He will not be as emotionally responsive as a right slant writer and will "keep cool". Last time we covered emotional and physical energy.heavy pressure are usually highly successful. Those with light pressure try to avoid energy draining situations. The slant indicates the writers emotional response to external forces.mind rules their heart. Reliability and Concentration. This "heavy pressure-vertical slant" writer won't be able to keep his cool all of the time. Heavy pressure= strong emotions and vertical slant= trying to hold emotions back. indicated by the slant of the handwriting. warm and outgoing-.their heart rules their mind. They have a lot of vitality and their emotional experiences last for a long time. Putting it Together. There are many steps involved in creating a complete personality profile. This person will be emotionally withdrawn. They are caring. Writers who write with average pressure are usually moderately successful and usually have enough energy to make it through the day. A left slant writer (\\\\) will conceal their emotions and is observed as cold and indifferent. The Slant of the Writing. 1. indifferent and self centered. A person with light pressure writing (not much emotional or physical energy) and a left slant (tries to avoid emotional situations). Steps 3 & 4: Looking into Emotional Control. This writer is usually the one who keeps his wits about him. Using these first two steps you can begin to put together your own "profile" which can be useful in both personal and professional relationships. We also covered emotional response to external forces. When his emotions get the best of him he may "fly off the handle" at unpredictable times. What Does it Mean? The slant is the second indicator to look for. When "all hell breaks loose. cold. A writer with heavy pressure and a vertical slant. which is indicated by the pressure applied to the pen when you write. A vertical slant (llll) writer tries to keep their emotions in check-. 2.

Most of us write average size. For best results. bookkeepers. indicating an average ability to concentrate. Baseline is best determined if the sample is submitted on unlined paper to ensure that the writer does not follow the pre-printed lines. The following is a sample of Charles Manson's handwriting." At . This trait is indicated by the size of the writing. Concentration Step 4 in handwriting analysis determines the writers ability to concentrate. wavy. They have trouble concentrating and easily get "off-track. Notice that baseline is very wavy. The baseline can be straight. indicating a person whose emotions are unstable and out of control. researchers. A descending baseline means pessimism. Small writing points to someone who has the ability to concentrate on minor details for long periods of time. This trait is shown in the baseline of the writing. A person with a straight baseline is tense and over disciplined. The baseline is a real or imagined line where the small letters rest. A level baseline indicates a healthy balance between optimism and pessimism. tiredness or depression. Those who write small are usually conservative and thrifty.Emotional Control and Reliability The next step is to determine the emotional control and reliability of the writer. etc. A normal baseline should be slightly wavy. An ascending baseline means optimism. These writers include scientists. They are not easily distracted by outside forces. especially for long periods of time. erratic or sloped. They can be trusted to take on tedious tasks and follow them through to completion without being side tracked. handwriting analysts always prefer samples written on unlined paper. A very wavy baseline signals a person who is on an emotional roller coaster. We have to force ourselves to concentrate on minor details. Large writers are easily distracted. People who write small like to work alone.

The right slant indicates the writer responds freely with these emotions (heart rules the mind).work. below: The writer uses heavy pressure..\\\. This person needs variety and lots of activity.. The baseline is only slightly wavy. Here is a sample of Albert Einstein's handwriting. The writing is large and indicates that the writer has trouble concentrating on tedious tasks and is easily distracted. long-lasting emotions. actual size.. It is a beautiful piece of art.. This is a friendly outgoing person with a lot of energy. pointing to a person with deep. You will feel your whole body go tense as you concentrate on making the small letters.. these individuals should be given varying duties and assignments that are quick to complete. I have examined this sample with a magnifying glass and every letter is shaped perfectly. Get a pen and paper and try to write this small. Putting it all Together So far.. revealing no inner emotional turmoil.. . we have covered: Emotional and physical energy (pressure applied when writing) Slant of writing . The emotional stability of the baseline indicates s/he is reliable and dependable./// (indicates what the writer does with this emotional and physical energy) Emotional control and emotional reliability (baseline) Ability to concentrate (size of writing) Now let's take a look at Sample 1.lll.

and imagination. Emotional response is slightly inhibited (vertical writing) indicating the head rules the heart. Watch for it on October 15. sex drive. here on Viewzone.sometimes in a good mood. The wavy baseline is common in vertical writing because people who try to control their emotions have a certain amount of inner emotional turmoil. paying the bills. In my next article I will cover the three "zones" of handwriting and I will also analyze Bill Clinton's handwriting. The upper zone reveals intellectual thought. The lower zone reveals activities essential to survival. abstract thinking. The baseline is wavy indicating changeable moods.On to Sample 2: The writers pressure and size if writing is average. daydreaming. The middle zone deals with the day to day aspects of life. The middle zone points to our approach to daily life. These zones reflect imagination and desires. Try analyzing a few samples of friends' handwriting using the skills you've gained from Steps 1-4. . appetite. There are three zones to examine in handwriting. and the desire for material wealth. psychic abilities. Average size of script shows the ability to concentrate on daily activities without being distracted too much by what's going on around him/her. sometimes not. like home. indicating s/he usually has enough energy to handle daily activities. The upper zone indicates philosophical imagination. work and social concerns. Step 5: THE THREE ZONES OF HANDWRITING. The lower zone emphasizes physical and material drives such as physical abilities. Intellectual thinker- Day to day concerns. family. Concerns in all areas.

the less the desire. If mid zone letters are very fat the writer worries too much.ambition. and physical drives. The "g" (gregarious). The "y" represents sex drive and money. Look at the "l" in log. This information provides us with another key to the writer's personality.Physical and material drives. philosophical and abstract thinking and daydreaming. Putting it all Together Using what we have learned so far we can analyze Bill Clinton's handwriting. and returned to reality. There are many things realized in the upper zone-. When the writer left the baseline (reality ). which tends to make him more creative. the writer would be narrow minded. but when he was in the upper zone he stayed longer. appetite. grasped an idea. The "p" (physical). The thinner the loop. The zones indicate three different areas of thought and are dependent on emotional energy (pressure or force applied while writing). realizing more. This works the same as upper loops-. Lower loop letters concern desires for material wealth. Consider the baseline reality. If the "o" was written thin ( not round but skinny). . Now. goals.the fatter the loop. The writer with the fatter loop is a slower methodical thinker. Now imagine this "l" written just as high but having a thinner loop." The "o" is in the mid zone which concerns daily activities. sex. Now look at the "o. as well as how much or how hard the writer concentrates in these areas. observe the lower loop in "g". he went the upper zone. a fat "p" loop points to someone who does not mind hard work. This writer is considered a quick thinker. socializing and sexual fantasy. Lower loop letters ( y g p f) indicate desires in different areas. the more the desire.

giving him the ability to concentrate. not emotions (his head rules his heart). indicating even more control over his emotions. running the country. and also a lover that is compatible to you. How does he relieve that? In the next article we will examine these lower zone traits further. You'll find out how to pick a good lover. you will see the lower loops in his g's. The slant is vertical. Bill concentrates on the middle zone (daily activities. Bill's baseline is also very straight. p's y's are very fat and are magnified by his deep emotions. He releases some of this physical desire by running two or three miles. These traits indicate how you feel about yourself and how you feel about others.The pressure is very heavy. Anyone who holds back their emotions makes a conscious effort to do so.). Bill may be inclined to hold grudges and he will not quickly forget the actions of his friends or enemies. causing a certain amount of stress and inner turmoil. Heavy pressure writers' emotions are very strong and long lasting. and the lower zone (desire for material wealth. Clinton's handwriting is smaller than normal. He makes decisions based on logic. sex drive. Step 6: SPACING BETWEEN LETTERS Average spacing between letters points to a person who is self-confident and feels comfortable and at ease. .). This usually indicates greater accomplishments. Steps 6 and 7 of a basic "profile" or analysis deal with the spacing between letters and the spacing between words. But there is the strong sex drive. etc. etc. If you look closely. He tries not to show his emotions. His lower loops are quite large compared to the size of the rest of his script. Bill is under emotional pressure and he has to release some steam from time to time. and then stops and has a couple of Big Mac's. These emotions buildup over time and have to be released. His pressure will amplify all other traits found in his writing. There is not much going on in the upper zone at all ( Bill has advisors to do his thinking for him).

Wide spacing between words.Letters written close together or "compressed" indicate a person who feels uncomfortable about themselves. if possible.avoids people contact. . has problems dealing with others. likes crowds.feels comfortable contact with others. The writing indicates a person who isolates themselves from others. Average spacing between words. or mixed up. EXAMPLE: Notice the word spacing on the note below. Irregularly spaced letters indicate that the writer is confused. He or she has difficulty dealing with others so would avoid people contact. uncertain. and usually has low self-esteem or is self-conscious. Step 7: SPACING BETWEEN WORDS Compressed spacing between words.needs to be close to others.

second job or some other excuse to avoid the family and friends as much as possible. . All wide space writers aren't like Ted.slightly smaller than normal. Many wide space writers are married and have children. Size of writing. giving him good concentration skills." who lived like a hermit in an isolated cabin in Montana. strong long lasting emotions Slant. but they usually avoid people contact as much as possible.This is the handwriting of Ted Kaczinski the "uni-bomber. even then. they are usually loners. but. He had difficulty dealing with people and society in general. They normally have a hobby. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Now let's add these traits to Bill Clinton's analysis from my last article Pressure.vertical. Bill tries to control his emotions and bases his decisions on logic.heavy.

Bill likes to be close to others and loves crowds. thought processing and traits indicated by the speed of writing.concentrates on daily activities (running the country). . He or she may lack communication skills or not want to communicate for some unknown reason. and lower. Spacing between letters. but the pointed top can be considered an indicator of "above average." and tend to be more creative." and "r. These writers are quick to comprehend and retain ideas. exercise etc. he is a little uncertain about how he feels about himself. sex." (This can generally be confirmed by checking into level of education. Step 6: INTELLIGENCE & THOUGHT PROCESSING General level of intelligence can be determined by examining the small letters "m." "n. Spacing between words.crowded." Flattened peaks may also indicate that the writer is deceptive.Zones. or hiding something. These people can retain just as much knowledge as quick thinkers. Steps 8 and 9 of a basic "profile" or analysis are used to evaluate intelligence. We know it's not low self-esteem." "n. They are not as likely to "jump to conclusions." Determining how intelligent they really are is impossible.) Those who write The "m." and "r" with a round top are slower methodical thinkers.mostly average but sometimes compressed.Mid.desire for material wealth and physical drives like appetite." Someone with a "quick" mind will write these letters with sharp pointed tops. but it could be self-consciousness or guilty conscious. They are usually considered "smart. but they tend to "think things over" before making decisions. These writers are usually considered "lazy" or "dumb. The same letters written flat and thread-like point to a person who doesn't have the mental capacity to learn quickly or to be creative.

Other factors in the script will reveal to its full meaning. In a full evaluation of writing speed. many other traits must be examined to determine the correct meaning. 2. aggressive.Step 9: SPEED OF WRITING The speed of the script reveals much about the writer. 1. His heart rules his mind. Pressure: Average. ambitious. Slow writers show lack of ambition and determination. impatient. negligent. Slant: Right. Responsive to emotional situations. Friendly and . quick thinkers. creative. they are often ostentatious or lack mental capacity. accident prone. They can be cautious. SAMPLE ANALYSIS— Applying the nine steps to show outstanding traits. organized and so on. Fast writers can be spontaneous. Average amount of energy to make it through the day. Average speed writers are slower thinkers. etc.

and values pleasures like gourmet foods and luxurious surroundings. identify the flaws. His emotional energy is moderate. He likes to dress well and demonstrate his talents." He wants to live life to the fullest. Henri is a moderately energetic person. and manages his money well. and fill in the gaps. Speed of writing: Average. He has superior investigative skills and enjoys uncovering new information. He jumps right in with both feet. Intuition plays a small part in Henri's thinking. most words start on the preprinted line but ascend. Baseline: This sample was written on lined paper. but logic rules his thoughts. He will have enough energy to make it through the "daily grind. His reactions may be impulsive at times. Henri is an emotional person who usually expresses his feelings freely. Zones: All 3 zones are emphasized. His feelings get hurt when his personal appearance is criticized. he can usually calm down in a reasonable amount of time. He notices details and pays attention to the particulars of an idea or problem. Some "m n r" tops are sharp and some are rounded. 3. producing continuity in problem solving. Good concentration skills. 8. He is restless and is always on the go. 9. Intelligence: Henri switches between two modes of thinking. depicting a good mood. He wants to lead an active varied life. He doesn't like others to question his competence. He uses his intellect to stoutly defend his opinions in matters which are important to him. Henri shows many signs of being impatient. Henri is not afraid to speak out and defend himself. Henri has a great desire to accumulate money and material possessions. 5. He is conservative and thrifty. The small script depicts good concentration skills.outgoing. This versatility enables him to see both the parts and the whole of a situation or problem. He can focus his attention and concentrate in spite of distractions. Henri switches between two different thought processes. incisive mind which can be applied to a problem like a surgeon's scalpel. He loves a good discussion. He feels comfortable with people contact. 7. He will become frustrated when he is forced . He can evaluate information. Henri doesn't hesitate when it comes to solving a problem. He doesn't necessarily like crowds but he is not a loner either. so when he gets mad about something. Spacing between letters: Average. 6. Spacing between words: Average. 4. Henri feels confident and comfortable about himself. Size of Writing: Small. He has a sharp. Henri is proud of how he looks and what he is capable of doing. He is willing to slow down his thinking and be more deliberate and precise if he has to.

and over time will raise his determination level. and doesn't react defensively. He has good finger dexterity and would be good at handling or assembling small parts. To cure this problem Henri should cross his "t's" with a slightly upward slant using consistent heavy pressure. Suggestions. This will send a message to his subconscious mind. He likes to be with people and enjoys meeting new people. He is able to benefit from constructive criticism of his work. Henri's concentration skills and attention to details would make him successful in a job using computers. He is ambitious and works hard to achieve his goals. They are not mentioned here. Henri sets realistic goals. Henri is an outgoing person. he sometimes pushes too hard for the things he wants. Henri likes having a good laugh. Henri has one minor problem— his determination is low. but would be disclosed in a confidential analysis meant for Henri's eyes only. and there are other personality traits that need attention. . Henri's determination is a little on the weak side— he can be taken advantage of and give in when pressured by others.to wait or do the same thing over again. Because he is intent on getting things done quickly. and uses his sense of humor to make life more fun. but he usually sets aside some time during the day to be alone with his thoughts and recharge his batteries. science or mathematics. I see other areas where suggestions can be made.

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