When my co-workers and I went to WWDC in June, one of the evening parties had a “gypsy” theme, complete with fortune tellers and handwriting analysts. I remember reading about graphology, the study and analysis of handwriting, as a kid (yes, yes – I was a nerd), but it’s been a long time since I could remember even a smidgen of info about the practice, and I thought it might be fun to refresh my memory.
First, here’s something you should know about handwriting analysis – it’s not actually real. Sure, there are patterns people have discovered in handwriting, and specious conclusions drawn from those patterns. But ultimately, “analysts” are just guessing. So don’t take this blog post, analyze your husband’s handwriting, accuse him of cheating on you and burn all his clothing, and then blame me when it turns out he was just really bad at answering his phone at the office. Consider what follows an interesting diversion and nothing more.
National Pen Company did the dirty work and compiled some of the best handwriting analysis tips into a “handy” (see what I did there?) infographic you can use analyze your own writing.
And here’s a few more interesting tidbits, courtesy of graphologist Kathi McKnight (yep, there are people who analyze handwriting for a living, even though it’s considered a pseudoscience):
- If your lowercase “s” is open at the bottom, you’re seen as a “people pleaser.” And if your “s” is printed rather than in cursive, you’re seen as versatile.
- A varied slant within a sentence or word might not just indicate schizophrenia – it could also indicate severe depression. Additional signs in a signature that might indicate depression? A signature that crosses itself out (if, for instance, the crossing of a single “t” goes through the whole name), writing that slopes downward, large loops in the stem of the lowercase “d,” and ending strokes that loop up and over the top of a word.
- Changing the way you write may actually improve your mood. For instance, practicing writing with a more rounded “e” loop can actually leave you feeling more open-minded.
Now that you’ve got an overview of some of the basics – what is your writing saying about you?
For the month of October, I’m attempting to learn one new skill each day. Follow along, won’t you?