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Tips on Psychologically Reading Handwriting

Updated on August 26, 2012

Why learn to read handwriting?

When I say "reading handwriting", I don't mean simply reading words like reading a book. I am speaking of reading something else, the way the words were written. Focusing on the slants, lines, shapes, angles, spacing, pressure, etc. By realizing these, someone can understand what the writer had in mind at the time it was written. Though some might not consider reading handrwiting important, it is a valuable hobby.

What do they mean?

  • Letters that remain straight (such as "h", "l", "k", etc.) all the way from the bottom to the top typically have few emotions or low emotional stability.
  • If the words have a left slant, there is an emotional withdrawl.
  • If the sentance runs downward when there are no lines, the person is typically depressed.

Shape of the Words

  • Circular or rounded mean easy going or extrovert personality.
  • Angular with sharp edges mean aggressive or direct.
  • Squared lettering means practical, logic, or scientific thinking.
  • Squiggles or irregular handwriting translate as artistic.

The "T"

In the letter "T", the quick swipe of the - is noticed to understand what the person's personality is.

  • If the - is towards the bottom of the letter, the person has low expectations of themselves.
  • If the line is high on the letter, they have high self-esteem and usually set goals that are unachievable.
  • If the line is even and in the middle, the person has unrealistic goals and high self-esteem.

The "i"

When reading someone's handwriting, also focus on the "i". Believe it or not, this little letter can tell a lot about a person and their thoughts at the moment.

  • If the dot is directly above the letter, the person is present minded.
  • If the dot is in front of the letter, the person is thinking of the future. They are ahead of themselves.
  • If the dot is on the left, they are focused on the past and what they have done.

Other Tips

Read the letter spacing. If the words are close together, the person is an introvert. If the words are spaced father apart, they are an extrovert.

When focusing on the pressure, notice how thick the ink is. How dark is the lettering? How thick is the style? The more pressure in handwriting means the more stress they have at the time it was written. It can also mean they have tension and/or emotional intensity. The less pressure, the more relaxed they were.

Last, but not least, consists of the size of the letters. These focus on how the person thinks of themselves. If the size of the letters are small, then they do not think too much of themselves. They consider themselves as small and low on the food chain. If the handwriting is big, they think highly of themselves. They value themselves better.


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    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I have mixed feelings about graphology - as a left-handed, I truly don't know that these theories fit. Many left-handed people struggle to adapt their writing to right-handed desks, techniques (all penmanship examples are based on right-handedness), and obstacles such as spiral notebooks requiring you to cramp your hand and wrist to fit in your writing. Back slants are common, and they're not always consistently seen in left-handers, because some situations (narrow spaces design for right-handers) force you into that mode, and some don't.

      I've read the theories about graphology, and they appear to be based on the assumption that deviations from standard cursive script are all due to various personality characteristics. But for left-handed people, deviations are the norm.

      There are also 'fads' for forming letters at times - such as circles or hearts to dot the letter 'i' - and I'm not sure these theories address those variations, either.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I love reading about graphology - the same things you reported for us in this hub. Most people mistake darker and more embedded hand writing for suicidal tendencies, when in fact, they are more associated with deeper emotional intensity.

      Thank you for sharing. I learned a lot!

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      I find this a fascinating subject. I often used it with my dyslexics when talking about job applications and CVs. You give lots of concise information which tells us a lot about ourselves too! Thanks. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Wow! What a great idea for a hub! I guess I know a little bit more about myself through my handwriting now. Thanks! Voting up and interesting :)