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what does your handwriting tell about you and what you can do about it

Updated on February 8, 2011
by kevinzim
by kevinzim

A Lot!

for starters there are 8 parameters to look at:

  1. Size of the letters
  2. Slant of the writing
  3. Space/alignment to the straight line
  4. Pressure on paper while writing
  5. Dotting the i
  6. Crossing the t
  7. The y,g loop
  8. Sharp ‘n’s and ‘m’s

each one is detailed below

1. Size of the letters

the thumb rule is, 'the bigger the letters, the more generous the person'

with love, adulation, money, charity, etc.

bigger letters are also a sign of an outgoing personality or gregarious nature.

2. Slant of the writing

If you draw a straight vertical line and take that as a reference for the handwriting in question you could say the following:

- left-slant - self centered. the left leaning the slant of the handwriting is, the more the person is attuned to him/herself and puts her/his own needs before those of the ones around or the family.

- straight up -balanced.  the person is balanced in their approach to life, and does not choose self or family.  the person has the capacity to think things through and decide what to do.

- right-slant - family/friends come first. emotional levels are higher with the slant. such people are likely to put others before themselves.  they are also prone to cry at romantic movies and feel empathy

3. space/alignment to the straight line

the closer to the straight horizontal line the more grounded the individual.

the letters floating in the air may reflect the amount of time that the person spends on creating plans or thinking.  these may also be castles in the air.

if the letters go into the baseline, this may be demonstrative of people who are likely to question everything about themselves and at times be too critical of their own actions or thoughts

4. pressure on paper while writing

we call this the passion quotient.

if you take the paper someone has written on and turn it over, you should be able to see the indentation of the writing.

the more pronounced the indentation, the more passion the person has or demonstrates in the activity.

a light pen may suggest the person is either not interested in the task at hand or generally likes to work on the bigger picture than on nitty gritty

5. dotting the i

dotting the i is considered the sign of someone who is meticulous and detail oriented.

if the dot is too close to the body of the i, it may show a need to re-check and re-confirm everything or the propensity to work on something beyond the hours required.

the dot flying off the i shows someone who couldn't be bothered with the small stuff.  it shows someone who is careless and is prone to make errors.

a dot missing completed is just someone who is irresponsible.

6. crossing the t

the balanced is the one who crosses the t completely.  this shows someone who can and will do the necessary required.

if the cross on the t is towards the left side, the person maybe prone to self-criticism.

if the cross on the t is towards the right side, the person is someone who finds fault with others.

an upward slant is a sign of forward looking, positive and ambitious person

a cross not connecting with the body of the t is symbolic of someone who thinks faster than they can write.  these people are more interested in creating than managing.

a dagger shaped cross on the t, could be sign of bad temper

7. the y,g loop

the larger the loop, the greater the love of life.

the loop may also signify the sex drive and the larger the loop the more active the individual.

the want, desires in the materialistic world maybe gauged using this feature.

a straight line, of the y or g would be someone who likes their own company, is individualistic in approach to life and can spend hours by themselves.

Sharp ‘n’s and ‘m’s

'n' & 'm' need you to curve and complete the letter.

the curve is what is used to determine intelligence, insight or quick thinking.

the sharper the shape of the curve (think needle-like) shows a sharper intellect.


graphology is a very detailed science and this is just a quick introduction to get your interested.

take your own handwriting, or the ones around you and try it. the more you do it, the better you will get at it.

there are also some who suggest you can change your persona by deliberately changing your handwriting. you can. I suggest you do!

I also invite you to leave your specific requirement (what you would want to change about yourself or improve) and I will reply with what you can do with your signature


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      savitha 5 years ago

      I want to change my signature. how to work on this

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      Prabhjot Bedi 5 years ago from chandigarh

      @Skylen it probably means you are more careful with official matters. Dont change it just for the heck of it. Do you feel restricted in formal matters? Do you feel you fret too much, worry about things going wrong?

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      Skylen Dailey 5 years ago

      I am prone to use a small letter s when signing my name on anything. What does that mean, and should i try to change it? I have had much difficulty with making a capital cursive letter S when i sign my name as well.

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      Nonns 6 years ago

      I realise that a lot of people use handwriting analysis to get an insight into people but I am somewhat sceptical. It seems to me to provide a lot of sweeping generalisations. Peoples handwriting changes. At time my handwriting has sloped forwards, backwards and had no slant at all as i experiment with different handwriting styles.

      I take issue with the comment that someone who doesn't dot their i's is simply irresponsible. Iknow lots of truly responsible and anally retentive detail minded people who don't dot their i's. If you ask them why you get a range of answers e.g. it takes time. It interrupts the flow of writing and thought and its clear what the letter is. It could be nothing else given the context of the word in which it is contained.

      To find that some organisations use handwriting analysis to recruit is truly horrifying.

      Just my ha'porth worth.

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      Christi 6 years ago

      What does frequently misspelling my name mean?

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      Vidhya 6 years ago

      Are you still working on your mails?

      I have sent you my scanned signature copy. Please revert me. What does it describe about me. Awaiting eagerly.......

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      ubaid 6 years ago

      more smaller handwriting shows more intelligence like (neuton edison ubaid )

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      ratnesh pawar. 6 years ago

      my some letters are not fully comleted like small a opend r opend ....

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      Prabhjot Bedi 6 years ago from chandigarh

      @Sidra it could be that you are creative or could also be that you lead multiple lives/identities. this is not as sinister as it sounds. a lot writers/actors like to write and live in a certain character that they may not be in real life.... do you pen?

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      Prabhjot Bedi 6 years ago from chandigarh

      @Donovan Sandoval send me your specific questions on and I would love to answer them.


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      sidra 6 years ago

      i write my name in urdu with such a style that if you read my signature infront of mirror you will see my name in urdu in mirror.this way i want to know about my personlity.

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      Donovan Sandoval 6 years ago

      Love the article, would love to learn more about it, the only problem I have is slant analysis.

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      Prabhjot Bedi 6 years ago from chandigarh

      @prachi thank you!

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      Prachi 6 years ago


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      Prabhjot Bedi 6 years ago from chandigarh

      @lalit thank you!

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      Prabhjot Bedi 6 years ago from chandigarh

      @Lalalalala I am so glad it left you speechless! Cheers!

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      lalit 6 years ago

      cool!! g8 wrk!

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      Lalalalala 6 years ago

      This is so stupid. no words

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      Prabhjot Bedi 7 years ago from chandigarh

      @afan thank you

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      afan 7 years ago


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      angel 7 years ago

      this is really useful

      wow, its frigin truye!

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      mann 8 years ago


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      Prabhjot Bedi 8 years ago from chandigarh

      @Anuhsa you can get in touch with me for any clarification.

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      anusha 8 years ago

      it is not at all clear and understandable

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      Prabhjot Bedi 8 years ago from chandigarh

      @mohan thank you.

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      Mohan 8 years ago

      Great information.. Just now i got it, how to find with hand writing..

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      Prabhjot Bedi 8 years ago

      @sarabjeet Thank you!

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      Prabhjot Bedi 8 years ago

      @Amit Will do. Thank you & Cheers!

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      sarabjeet 8 years ago


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      Amit Chhibber 8 years ago

      Great information really liked it,keep on posting some more.



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      Prabhjot Bedi 8 years ago

      @Dr. Tikkha

      interesting point.

      people still sign documents, fill in forms, and something super... you can make your own font from your handwriting!

      let me know if you would want to know hoe & where.


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      Dr. Neelam Tikkha  8 years ago

      It is nice but In the age of Email and computers I was wondering where hand writing is hardly seen how useful would this be .

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      Prabhjot Bedi 8 years ago from chandigarh


      thank you!

      please give me some topics that you think I should write on

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      ASHOK 8 years ago

      Great information and practical approach to life understanding with others

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      Prabhjot Bedi 8 years ago from chandigarh


      thank you!

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      thevoice 8 years ago from carthage ill

      unique great hub read write thanks


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