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Can you understand a person's characteristics through his/ her writings?

  1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years ago

    Can you understand a person's characteristics through his/ her writings?

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    Rayne123posted 3 years ago

    Hi how are you

    I believe so, to a point anyway. I think what we write about gives us an idea of what is surrounding that persons life. Most of us express our feelings in words/journals/essays and such. We usually write about what interests us or experiences we have been through.

    If someone writes for example a song and it is a dark song, it may suggest that this certain person is sad and not in a good place. If your not happy, chances are you will not see the world as happy, therefore only seeing sadness which is expressed in ones writings. One may not even realize it themselves how dark/sad or lonely the writing may express as to them it does not feel that way. It may take an outsider to notice something peering through more so than the author.

    However on the other side, there are a lot of fiction books out, but still it does give us an idea of where the persons mind is. To write fiction one must think of something to base the story/poem on.

    Blessings

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      Rayne123posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I will add Lisa that it was a compliment when the writing of another leaves you with certain feelings as it goes to show how good this person may be describing their emotions on paper sorta of speak. A good writer. I totally agree with you and thank

    2. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Rayne123 and I agree!
      If I write a sad poem, people tend to think, I am sad; for a happy poem, they think likewise.The writer's mood at that particular moment does reflect in the work but that may not necessarily determine his characteristics

  3. Lisa HW profile image71
    Lisa HWposted 3 years ago

    As Rayne123 says, up to a point (and I'll add a "maybe, and sometimes" to that).

    People need to be careful not to jump to conclusions about some things that others write.  I've had people e.mail me to say they thought I was "some academic who had no real-world experience with children".   One time, someone else called me (this one is funny) "some computer girl geek" (or something like that).  Then, too, I've got a bunch of stuff about bad experiences that happened to me AGES ago, and that - at this point - are as "old" and "non-emoitional-impact" to me as, say, the color of my hair.  But, if someone doesn't know that I only write about sad stuff that's all been processed and turned more into "historical facts about my life" (I'm not young), such a person may not know that such a subject is no more emotional, or sad, for me than, say, writing about the weather.

    Just as with talking to someone in person, people really, really, need to be be careful not to make jumps from what they out-and-out see/hear to what they imagine must be "behind the scenes" for a person.

    So, again, up to a point - and again, maybe and sometimes.  The world is far too full of amateur psychologists, drama-minded people, and one or another kind of "judge of everybody" and/or generally overly confident know-it-all's".

    If someone can tell from what I've written here that after about forty years of adult life and close to ten on the Internet,, I've had it with people making up stuff in their own head about what I "am" and how I "must think"; ;then, there you have it.  That particular assumption would be correct.    smile

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      Rayne123posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Oh I agree with you. I am much older also and I believe in judging for your self. Too many authority figures trying to figure everyone out, because it is their job to do so. I am very intuitive and use my own gifts/instincts to make a judgment.

    2. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Lisa HW, for your detailed reply!
      I respect your opinion and quite agree with ; up to a point, maybe' and 'sometimes' theory.
      Thanks for the interesting reply!

  4. Tusitala Tom profile image61
    Tusitala Tomposted 3 years ago

    There are people around who claim to be Graphologists and able to interpret the general characteristics of people by their handwriting.   But from all accounts they need lots of experience to be able to do so with any accuracy.   Even the subject matter of the writing is, apparently, taken into account, e.g. whether it is being made deliberately neat, or is a real scribble because that person is under pressure to get the writing done super quick.

    I did read something not long back whereby if one deliberately changed and practiced a change in handwriting it would affect a change in one's character.    I even tried this myself.   I think it has changed me a little, but that is purely a subjective interpretation. 

    The question is, "Can YOU understand a person's characteristics through his/her handwriting?"    No, I can't.

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Tusitala Tom, for answering the question and sharing your opinion!
      I agree with your views that its difficult to understand a person through only his/ her handwriting. Thanks!

  5. DDE profile image24
    DDEposted 3 years ago

    Interesting question. When you say through  writings do you mean about what they are writing? If that is so then I would say yes. What one writes reflects their character.

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You got it right, Devika! I meant 'what they are writing' only and I agree with your views that it reflects their characteristics to a great extent. Thanks!

    2. DDE profile image24
      DDEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      My writing tells others more about myself and character thank you.

    3. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, Devika.  Thanks!

  6. moustafatoto profile image60
    moustafatotoposted 3 years ago

    I don't think so . I think you can understand a person's characteristics only  when he talks in front of you .

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks moustafatoto, for your response to the question!
      I respect your opinion. Thanks!

  7. Ericdierker profile image56
    Ericdierkerposted 3 years ago

    Interesting question. For me it is an easy answer I just look inside out. My writing reflects my character. My lack of writing also shows my character. If someone really tries hard I think they can hide their character. But then we can see that also. It would seem you could hide your character in a recipe or a "how to" article.
    So I say that if you cannot understand something about a person's character through their writing then probably they really are not worth reading.

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Excellent answer and I completely agree with you, especially with your last lines.
      Thanks for sharing your views!

  8. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 3 years ago

    i am not good at judging a person's writing but if you are good at reading and understanding a person's writing style, maybe you could. You are good at health articles

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks peachpurple, for your response!
      I believe we can understand a person's thoughts, through their writing to some extent. I may be wrong in some cases but by and large it comes right. Thanks for the compliment about health articles!

  9. C.V.Rajan profile image77
    C.V.Rajanposted 3 years ago

    A person may be smart enough to create an image about himself through his writing. How far that image fits to his personality can be verified only through a personal meeting, I think.

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you C.V.Rajanji, for answering the question!
      And I respect your opinion. We can't be totally sure of the person's characteristics without meeting personally. Thanks!

  10. Sara Jofre profile image77
    Sara Jofreposted 3 years ago

    People never truly understand other people. I even have doubts if a trained psychologist or psychiatrist is able to fully understand others. By writing is even harder to understand because you always read others through your own thoughts, beliefs and prejudices, and your own "tone". If a person shows a different opinion than yours in one subject, you tend to consider that that person will be very different from you. You sometimes jump into conclusions or misinterpret what is been written. We tend to label others very easily so, unless we read , with a totally open mind, everything a person writes, we cannot understand them... And I just don't think it is possible, for most of us, to always be open minded about what others are writing, specially if it goes against our beliefs.

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image54
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Sara Jofre, for your response to the question!
      I  completely agree with your observations. Its very difficult to be open minded. Welcome to HubPages and thanks for the follow. Wish you great times ahead.

 
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