Does our handwriting tell us information about our personalities?


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   It is obviously evident that every single person's handwriting is incredibly unique.  Girls are often characterized with loopy, "bubbly" handwriting, often times even written in script.  Whereas most boys seem to have chicken-scratch, sloppy handwriting.  I've taken a few psychology and sociology classes and I have always wondered whether experts can look at a writing sample and be able to interpret it in a way that can characterize that person.  The analysis of handwriting traits is called Graphology.  Even think about the difference between peoples' signatures, legible or illegible or extremely distinct and unique.  Our writing is unique to each of us.  Www.DivineCaroline.com states that, "Not even identical twins with their genetic makeup have the same handwriting so there just might be something to the argument that our writing styles are somehow tied to our personalities".  
    
    Unlocking the most inner parts of our personalities through handwriting requires only 2 simple things: a pen and paper.  Handwriting analyst Gary Thomas believes that handwriting analysis really revolves around looking at the small details, such as the amount of space between letters as well as the bigger ones, such as how hard the pen is pressed to the paper while the actual act of writing.  Here is an analysis from Gary Thomas:

  • Spacing: There are two main ideas that are considered when it comes to spacing, the amount of space between letters and space between each sentence.  
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     1. Spacing between words: the spacing between words represents one's own comfort level when it comes to socializing and communicating with other people.  If you write with very little space in between each word, such as the example above, this suggests that you are definitely a people person who loves to be very social.  A large gap shows that one has trouble relating to others and might be better off being on their own.  An average amount of space obviously means somewhere in the middle.

     2. Spacing between sentences in paragraphs: Sometimes it is difficult to figure out one line from another (no space separating them) means that one's thoughts could be very jumbled and mixed together.  On the other hand, large spaces are associated with meticulousness and conscientiousness.  An average space exemplifies a balance of the two.

  • Slant of Writing: The slant/direction of one's handwriting and which way the words lean have been characterized with one's emotional reactions to situations.

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    1. Left Slant: If someone's writing slants to the left, it is often said that those people have trouble expressing themselves and their emotions in certain situations and often distant themselves from becoming emotionally connected to anything.

    2. Right Slant: Someone who writes with a right slant, such as the example above, seem to be more empathetic and caring towards others and enjoy expressing themselves.

    3. Vertical/Straight Up and Down: A person who writes perfectly vertical is said to favor logic over emotion but normally balances out the two in social and emotional situations. 


  • Size of Writing: According to graphologists, a person's either large or small handwriting characterizes their concentration skills.
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     1. Small: Someone who writes particularly small, such as the above example, has a very high concentration level and is very attentive to details.

     2. Large: Those who have large handwriting tend to have "fast-moving minds" and often times have trouble focusing on one topic or idea at a time.

     3. Average: Average sized handwriting have a relatively balanced concentration level, enough to be effective in most situations.

    The most dominant characteristic that deals with life, in my opinion, is movement.  A person's identity is normally linked to the personality's ability to move - in both a physical and psychological sense - from one situation to another, from one level of understanding to a consequent level (Graphology.It).  CNN did a cultural census project where they collected over 200 random handwriting samples and selected some to be carefully analyzed by graphologist.  CNN wanted to find out just what handwriting can truly say about a person and whether the impression of that person was accurate or not.  CNN recruited Bart Baggett, a handwriting expert.  He intently examined the samples and concluded several characteristics for each person based off of the their handwriting, without ever actually communicating with them.  After analyzing these he wrote down these traits and then met with each, coming to the successful conclusion that he, overall, was basically right after all.

    Another blog would be interesting to see if there are any other confounding variables that affect handwriting, such as whether you are left or right handed, how you old the pen or pencil, etc.  It's fun to try out so see how you write!

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I think determining personality traits through handwriting is really interesting and kind of weird. I think handwriting in itself is kind of weird. Why do people have different handwriting, and what makes some people's worse than others? It turns out that when our brains are developing and we're at the age to learn how to write, b=some of us aren't actually ready to learn to write. Our brains haven't reached the point where they can successfully taken on that task. When we see people who have a weird or awkward grip on the pencil, it can be attributed to them being taught how to write too early in their developmental process. What has always interested me is why guys tend to have worse handwriting than girls. Do their brains develop at a different rate, and therefore cause them to be taught writing too early in a consistent pattern?

I think determining personality traits through handwriting is really interesting and kind of weird. I think handwriting in itself is kind of weird. Why do people have different handwriting, and what makes some people's worse than others? It turns out that when our brains are developing and we're at the age to learn how to write, b=some of us aren't actually ready to learn to write. Our brains haven't reached the point where they can successfully taken on that task. When we see people who have a weird or awkward grip on the pencil, it can be attributed to them being taught how to write too early in their developmental process. What has always interested me is why guys tend to have worse handwriting than girls. Do their brains develop at a different rate, and therefore cause them to be taught writing too early in a consistent pattern?

I recently wrote a paper on graphology and uncovered the entire realm of people who truly believe that handwriting can tell everything about you. In the conclusion of my paper I put my opinion that graphology is not a legitimate science because of the lack of proof and ability to prove. The idea however being that certain styles of writing are directly related to personality traits not necessarily the individual but traits that are common among individuals. Its legitimacy as a science is and will be determined from person to person.

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