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How to Learn Who Someone is by Their Signature Alone

Updated on February 17, 2013

Times are definitely changing: when I was in school I recall taking essays with pens and pencils, frequently writing until my hands were sore. It seems today most of the writing performed in schools is accomplished on laptops. Quite a difference from the late 80's, but with regards to the relentless hand workouts I recall, a welcome change I'm sure by many nonetheless. However, while the technological advances that have simplified test taking methods, (amongst are things), have undoubtedly been appreciated by most people, it's fair to say the pen still hasn't become an obsolete tool. I'm not talking about advertisements, although customized pens with business information have come in handy for numerous company promotions. I'm talking about signatures: one of the few purposes for keeping the good old-fashioned technology of ink within a plastic tube available on the markets to serve the inventory needs of nearly every business worldwide, as well as for widespread personal use.

Why are signatures so important? It goes without saying that unique handwritten signatures play an important role in identity fraud prevention. If not required to validate written agreements, for example, forgery within contracts would obviously be a far more difficult crime to prove. However, there's another important reason our traditional way of identifying ourselves with pens is still widely utilized around the globe: a reason a lot of people are unaware of. When it comes to figuring out new acquaintances, most people rely entirely on verbal communication and body language. While these are certainly methods of expression that say a lot about who new acquaintances are, observing a signature can actually say more about a person's personality than a handshake followed by an hour of conversation. Ludicrous suggestion you might be thinking. I can pretty much assure you it's true. Employers in fact are oftentimes made aware of this and, ultimately, become educated in analyzing handwriting to determine applicant qualifications. Why? Because while anyone can put on a fake smile and talk big about themselves for an hour, a simple signature can size up who a person truly is. It serves as an informal lie detector test for weeding out the potentially unqualified applicants from the potentially qualified. If you're an employer, or merely someone interested in learning about a new acquaintance, and fortunate enough to have a signature to observe, here's some examples of what to look for:

The Slant

Every job applicant answers yes when asked whether or not they're a people person, as everyone knows the value of people skills in just about every kind of employment. A simple way to figure out whether or not they're serious is to check the slant in their signature. People who really are responsive towards other people will express this interest in others in their signatures by slanting them towards the right. It's a subconscious method of expressing a genuine desire to be associated with other people. People who are more withdrawn, on the other hand, (no pun intended), will express this emotion subconsciously by slanting their signatures towards the left. A straight up and down signature comes from applicants who are typically neither emotionally responsive or withdrawn. Thus, a signature can be the easiest method of determining if an applicant, or new acquaintance is extroverted, introverted, or ambiverted: important traits to know about individuals when beginning a potential long-term relationship.

The Points

When it comes to determining job applicant, or new acquaintance decision-making quality, people can be divided into two general categories: comprehensive thinkers, and cumulative thinkers. Cumulative thinkers analyze every small detail of a given issue, thus, typically take longer to make decisions than comprehensive thinkers, who break down issues more quickly to render lightning fast decisions. If a person has n's or m's in their name, determining what type of thinker they are can be made simple by observing their signature. Comprehensive thinkers express their quality of thinking subconsciously by pointing the humps in their n's and m's: the sharper the appearance of the points, the sharper the quality of thinking. If the n's and m's have curved rather than pointed humps, you're new acquaintance is more likely a cumulative thinker, and ultimately will probably take longer to make decisions.

The T Bar

The height of the T bar tells how confident a new acquaintance may be. The higher the bar, the more confident the individual. T's that resemble close line poles will obviously impress employers educated in handwriting analysis. If your T looks like an airplane taking a nose dive, however, your job application may very well crash and burn the same way. If a new acquaintance doesn't cross their T's, this could be a sign of carelessness. (The same can be said about new acquaintances who do not dot their lowercase i's).

The Outer Loops

Lower zone outer loops in letters, such as in y's and g's, display individuals' desire and imagination for physical activities and physical attention, whereas upper zone outer loops in letters such as in d's and h's display individuals' imagination regarding ethics, religion, and philosophy. The bigger the loops, the more the imagination and desire for the above-referenced involvements. Thus, job applicants with large lower zone outer loops in their signatures may be better suited for jobs that are highly physical in nature, whereas applicants with large upper zone outer loops may be better suited for jobs that require more thinking and reason.

The Inner O Loop

O's are highly expressive letters, particularly in the loops, or lack thereof, on the inner top portions of lowercase o's. These loops express how secretive a job applicant, or new acquaintance may be. They're a subconscious method of expressing how much information individuals plan to keep to themselves. Thus, if the loop is large, the individual is likely to withhold information, whereas if the loop is small, or nonexistent, the individual is likely to share most or all information they're aware of. The larger the loop, obviously the more secretive the person is likely to be in a relationship. Therefore, unless an employer or new acquaintance in general doesn't like to know things, it goes without saying what type of o's they'll want to be looking for in an acceptable companion or applicant's signature.


Tails at the end of first and last names within signatures, which typically begin in the middle zone, then ascend into the upper zone, represent individuals' needs for attention. These unnecessary but common end strokes are a subconscious method of expressing how much a person wants to be noticed. They can be either positive or negative, depending on the type of relationship being sought, as well as the other characteristics expressed in individuals' signatures. A large tail corroborated with a large lowercase inner o loop in one's signature is an almost certain red flag, whereas a large tail corroborated with large uppercase loops may be a positive sign under certain circumstances.


Ever notice how some people underline their signatures, and some people don't? Underlining a signature is a subconscious method of identifying oneself as an expected leader within a given group. It can typically be perceived as a positive characteristic. However, much like with tails, it depends a lot on the other characteristics revealed within a person's signature.


Signatures are the most expressive forms of handwriting, but the above characteristics can be observed within individuals' cursive handwriting in general as well, if one is fortunate enough to possess samples thereof. It should be safe to conclude by now that how a person writes is oftentimes more expressive than what a person writes. Thus, becoming educated in handwriting analysis is perhaps the best way to learn the most about new acquaintances in the least amount of time.


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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!