The study of one’s personality through one’s handwriting is known as Graphology. Graphologists claim that regardless of how a person has been taught to write, every person writes in a distinct and unique way which helps in analyzing his personality. It is directly related to human psychology and state of his/her mind. What’s in your mind, affects the movement of your hands as well. A veteran graphologist can determine various aspects of one’s personality through the movement/design/shape of letters drawn by a person. He can sketch the personality behind the handwriting. For this purpose at least 300 different handwriting features are observed.
Graphology is widely practised in European countries such as Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland. When hiring someone, about 80 per cent of large corporations in Switzerland judge their applicant’s personality and level of efficiency by analysing his/her handwriting. From hiring employees in multinationals to judging students’ capabilities, from recruitment to inferring psychology of criminals, from evaluating one’s business partner’s psyche to underlying problems of children, Graphology is playing a vital role in various disciplines. It can also be of great assistance while analysing the personality of great people in history. In the near future people may start choosing their life partners through Graphology!
At basic level Graphology does not seem very intricate. With a comprehensive introduction to its basic rules and observations you can experiment and analyse your own handwriting and impress your buddies as well. Nonetheless, it’s very vast and dynamic in its advanced stages.
Before commencing, make sure that the sample you are going to analyse is written in ‘normal conditions’. External and internal influences such as uneven surface, uncomfortable writing position, improper pen, pressure of being judged by the graphologist, over excitement or depression can affect the ‘natural tendency/style’ of handwriting of an individual. It is also worth mentioning here that the sample should be written on a plain paper – not a lined one. Once you are done with external and internal abnormalities make a list of the following points which you are going to analyse in the sample.
1. Size of handwriting
Size of handwriting needs to be considered along with many other factors. In general, large writing generally belongs to ambitious, adventurous, courageous, outgoing and generous kind of people. Such people may lack modesty and tact while dealing with other people.
On the other hand, small writing indicates an analytical, technical, meticulous, inferiority complex stricken (or with low self confidence) personality. People with small writing may not be very social.
Those with narrow handwriting are timid and introverted, and are conservative in their ideas. They usually can concentrate and are critical about various things. Handwriting with large, rounded and broad letters indicates a friendly, sociable, broadminded people who love to travel. Such people might be having low concentration and can be a bit boastful. The writing in which the letter size is variable reflects a personality that is usually moody and unpredictable. Unfinished words can be a sign of intelligence and impatience.
It is also of great significance in Graphology. Vertical slant indicates a personality that is practical, independent and controlled by head and not by heart. These people have good control over their emotions. Extreme left slant reflects emotions and defensiveness. Such people are shy, reserved and introverted. They find it difficult to deal with strangers. However, moderate left slanted writing highlights a personality independent by nature, fussy and choosy about personal things and at times have problem in expressing emotions. Their objectiveness is the key to their happiness. Those with extreme right slanted handwriting are extrovert, expressive, impulsive, affectionate, kind and responsive. They lack self confidence and may be extra sensitive. Moderately right slanted handwriting indicates that you have the ability to express and have confidence in your ideas. Irregular slant depicts a personality that is moody, unpredictable by nature and at times ambivalent and very sensitive to issues. It is also worth mentioning that the degree of slope reflects the degree of extroversion and introversion. The degree of consistency of the slope indicates the ‘emotional consistency’.
3. Line slope
Graphologists assert that writing (including signatures) rising to right shows optimism and cheerfulness. Handwriting sagging to right shows pessimism, depression and physical or mental tiredness.
Those with free flowing handwritings are usually talkative, eager and impulsive. Flowing writing means writing with linked letters and sometimes linked words. Thoughtful people will have fewer linked letters and no linked words whereas artistic and conceptual people who like time and space around them will often have completely separated letters.
5. Word, letter and line spacing
Even space between words indicates a balanced, flexible, unadventurous, amiable personality, maintaining smooth relations with others. Conversely, uneven space signifies indecisive but spontaneous minds. A small space between words represents talkative and extroverted people with insecurity, whereas large space highlights critical, cautious, introvert and philosophical people. Such people prefer being alone.
Wide spaced letters represent an extrovert, sympathetic and understanding personality and alternatively closed spaced letters point out a repressed person with crowded thoughts in his mind. He may be selfish and bitter as well.
Even line spacing represents balanced and planned mentality and conversely uneven line spacing shows a moody personality. They are consistent in their performance. Wide line spacing indicates a self assured, mentally active, lacking spontaneity and organised-in-one’s-own-way personality. Narrow line indicates a frugal person. Such people are afraid of being alone. And overlapping lines just like themselves represents a personality poking nose in every one’s business or the one over-involved in others’ matters.
6. Pen pressure
It is also of unique significance in Graphology. A high pressure means high emotional energy. Such people are passionate, hardworking and eventually quite successful. They keep working until they reach their destination. Those who write with average pressure are fairly successful. And people with light pressure may prefer activities that require less physical work. Compared to people with high pen pressure, these people may also be more flexible to changing circumstances.
If the loop of the letter (i.e. loop of ‘g’ (lower rounded part of ‘g’) is more towards left side, such person might be nostalgic, who likes thinking about his past. And, on the other hand, if the loop is more towards the right side, the person is forward thinking. People with rounded loops are often very open to the ideas of others and are suggestible. A person whose loops in writing are not rounded tends to be more analytical and critical. He is set in his own opinions on things and focuses on his own ideas. A person who writes without loops likes being alone.
8. Lower case ‘t’, ‘i’, ‘o’ etc.
When we talk about the lower case ‘t’, we tend to observe horizontal bar (stem of t) of the letter ‘t’. We need to observe where the stem falls on vertical bar of ‘t’ and its width.
If the stem of ‘t’ tends to be normal (rightly placed at its actual position), it represents a confident and balanced personality. If it tends to be right tilted it indicates enthusiastic a fast moving personality. Whereas the left tilted stem highlights the aspect of procrastination in decision making etc.
The lower case of letter ‘i’ represents self image – how you perceive yourself. Those, whose ‘i’ is tilted are defensive and mistrust others. Right tilted ‘i’ depicts a personality seeking others’ attention and praise/approval. Round and directly above the stem ‘i-dot’ represents you are insistent in whatever you say and do. You are particular about details and have a high level of concentration. Round and high above the stem ‘i-dot’ represents you are spiritually inclined and have great imaginative powers. ‘Light dot’ represents that you are not rigid and don’t force your ideas or decisions on anyone. Left and right ‘i-dots’ signify timid and fast proceeding natures respectively. A round ‘i-dot’ indicates that the person is artistic and imaginative. Such people crave for adventures and may also get easily frustrated and demand attention.
Closed ‘o’ (and with no loop on the top) represents an honest and cautious personality. These people are careful in their dealings. And on the other hand those with open ‘o’ from the top are talkative, open minded, sincere and easily influenced by others’ sob stories. A person who writes ‘o’ with an inner loop has the ability to bring others on common terms skilfully or may be deceptively at times.
The lower case ‘e’ with narrow loop represents narrow mindedness. People with narrow loops are cautious, critical and suspicious by nature. Conversely, those with open loops are broadminded and sometimes are also regarded as outspoken. And if there is no loop, it represents that the person is a quick thinker and understands things very well.
The lower case ‘m’ with uphill and down humps indicates a stubborn and diplomatic personality respectively. Even humps signify intelligence and rounded humps signify that the person is featured by laziness and watchfulness.
If the stems of lower case ‘d’ are higher than normal it represents an independent and dignified personality. Pointed/small stem is an indicator of modest and humble but dignified nature and looped stem represents that the person is sensitive and arrogant and may take small things to his heart.
Margins primarily reflect your generosity to yourself and others. A wide margin indicates a generous nature. A wide left margin shows high level of self respect. Such people are shy but people may think they are arrogant. Wide right margin is an indicator of a reserved, self conscious personality. Such people may have fear for their future. Even-margins all around identify a disciplined, well mannered, a bit rigid, anxiety prone and self-conscious personality. No margin all around signifies a personality that is insecure, frugal, talkative and strongly influenced by others.
Aforementioned are some of the pertinent strategies followed by graphologists while analyzing the personality behind the handwriting. Graphology is not perfect all the time. With changing behaviour and mindset, the writing styles of people also change continuously. So taking handwriting samples in normal moods and over many months can give more accurate information about the person.
“I had to impatiently wait for a couple of weeks for my result and it came as a surprise. It judged my personality so well, except for two things which didn’t match my personality. It’s really astounding to be judged by handwriting and that too with an amazing level of accuracy. I didn’t know our words can be windows to our personality. This art and science of personality assessment is highly appreciable. We can clear much confusion of our minds by lithography.”
- Sehar Sheikh
“I loved graphology and would love to know how does it work. Mine assessment was
99.9% correct abd u was amazed to know that a person can be judged by handwriting. If I know how it works, I might conquer mind of people and being a student human development, I would love to work in this field as well.”
- Arsh Azim
“It’s completely surprising for me. I could never think of being judged by my handwriting. The accuracy level was extremely good i.e about 70%. I’m astounded!”
- Umar Haq Malik