My mom has been going through a self-discovery phase lately. Life-coaching, personality diagnostics . . . handwriting analysis. I’ll admit—I scoffed at that last one. But imagine my surprise when this handwriting analyst (or graphologist, as the more scientific folks will point out) correctly divined my mom’s emotional state, life outlook, and insecurities from just a page full of letters. It was enough to tempt me to give it a shot, but at $100 a session, these graphologists don’t come cheap. The good news is that, with a little guidance, you can analyze your own handwriting and get many of those $100 insights for the price of a piece of paper and a pen.
To begin, you’ll need a writing sample. Write a few paragraphs in cursive on a piece of blank, unlined paper. Then put on your graphologist hat and let’s get started. (Monocles are optional.)
First take a look at the individual lines of writing. These are indicative of the emotional state of the writer. Do they slope down, up, or stay straight? Are they particularly wavy?
Slope up: Indicates optimism and higher energy
Slope down: Could be a sign of depression or low energy
Straight: Shows mental control and balance
Very wavy: Although some waviness is natural in a baseline, a particularly wavy one could indicate that the writer is emotionally unstable and erratic.
Now let’s move on to the letters themselves. Do they slant to the left (\\\), to the right (///), or are they relatively straight (|||)?
Slant left: Typical of a more quiet, introspective individual—shy and afraid to show feelings (for right handed individuals, this could also be a way of expressing rebellion)
Slant right: Shows emotional enthusiasm and openness
No slant: Sign of a logical, practical individual
Shape of Stroke
Are your letters very rounded or are they sharp and angular? Are they more square? Do you see many squiggles and irregular strokes?
Rounded: Typical of a highly emotional person
Sharp: Indicates aggressive directness and high energy
Square: Shows a practical nature grounded in reality
Squiggly: May be a sign of an artistic personality
Size of the letters
Although most handwriting is fairly average size, if your letters are particularly large or super tiny, it may be a reflection of your ability to concentrate.
Large: Typical of those who are easily distracted. People with large handwriting do best when given a variety of quick-to-complete assignments.
Small: Shows that the person can concentrate for long periods of time and prefers to work alone.
L: Examine the loops of your l’s. Closed loops (the upstroke overlaps the downstroke) show that you are restricting yourself or are stressed. Open loops indicate you are relaxed and comfortable expressing yourself.
E: People with closed e loops tend to be very skeptical, while those with open loops are more open-minded.
G: A lower-case g formed like a figure 8 indicates a strong sense of humor.
T: Look at the crossbars on your lower-cased t’s. A crossbar is mostly to the left shows caution and uncertainty, centered crossbars indicate responsibility, while people with crossbars to the right tend to be good leaders.