Graphologists, or self-proclaimed handwriting experts, claim that it does. Specifically they claim that individuals who share certain personality traits write in a similar fashion, so graphologists analyze handwriting to deduce the character traits of the writer. In the early 1900s, Milton Newman Bunker invented the most common graphology technique called graphoanalysis. (Other methods of graphology predate Bunker’s work.) His approach relies on the stroke shape of the letters. Graphoanalysts look at variables like the upslants or downslants of letters like l, k, and t, the size of the first letter in relation to the other letters, the entire line of writing slanting up or down, and the shape of ending strokes of letters like s and e, among many other aspects.
Does how you write a word have a relationship to what word you are writing? Is penmanship considered part of language by linguists? Graphology focuses on about the meaning of appearance of your letters, not about the great or not-so-great sentence you’ve strung together. Linguists study these elements, too, but not to derive some psychological insight.
In linguistics, pragmatics is the study of how context influences meaning. Consider two examples:
- Your friend says “You look great” when you just fell in a mud puddle.
- You read the words “You look great” in a romance novel.
Context crucially affects the meaning in both cases. Likewise, handwriting can establish context and influence the meaning of writing. Messy or pristine, the visual nature of words can be an implicature, “anything that is communicated but is not explicitly stated.” For example, if your mom says “The phone is ringing,” she might mean “Please answer the phone.” You can infer what she means because the phone is ringing while she says it and perhaps she has said it in the past, hoping you would answer the phone. You make assumptions about the nature of a writer’s message based on how his or her writing appears.
What does your e-mail diction say about you? Find out here.
But can handwriting analysis actually provide scientifically-proven insights about personality? Sorry. Graphology has not been proven in any substantial way to predict or identify the character traits of an individual. Psychologists have researched connections between the elements of handwriting and personality tests like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and their results have shown no correlation.
Don’t confuse graphology with graphemics, which is the study of writing systems and their relationship to speech. Nor should you could confuse it with forensic document examination, the analysis of potentially fraudulent documents in court cases. Those forensic analyses attempt to identify the author of a document by comparing an individual’s handwriting in multiple instances to prove if they wrote a letter, signed a check, or forged someone else’s signature.
Does your experience contradict what science has to say? Has the character of a person’s handwriting ever taught you something about the writer’s personality? Let us know, below.
YEA! ive totally got to agree with this!
Guys seem to write in all-caps more often than girls. (this is generalizing, don’t get mad at me) Maybe you could say that it’s because men like to feel like they are bigger than women and they are more comfortable being spread out while women like to be tight, small, and put together. But I think it’s mostly because women generally have good handwriting and men have bad, and guys that do have good handwriting don’t want to have feminine handwriting, so they write in all caps to avoid looking femi.
first comment! This is an interesting article. I never really thought about the relationship between handwriting and personality really…My friends and I always felt that our dads had the same style of writing. That’s probably because we’re all asian though. I sort of have two styles of writing: my “messy/sloppy/lazy” one, and my “trying to impress my teacher with my neat hand writing” one. I wonder if that means I have a bipolar personality.
i am a guy and some times write in caps. my hadwriting is neat cursive or not, but i normally don’t cap anything.
When I am writing notes to myself and few if any other people are going to see my work, I’ll use bad handwriting. I have a certain, neater-but-not-perfect handwriting style when writing something for other people to read.
I guess a lot of the popular girls at my school have more rounded handwriting, and they all seem to have a similar personality…maybe it’s because I don’t know them, but they all seem to talk, write, think, and act similarly.
lezza- I’ve been told by many people that I have excellent handwriting, and yes, some have said “girly handwriting,” but I never write in all-caps.
Also- I know just as many women who type in all-caps as I do men.
I think your statement is ludicrous.
I wonder if there is a place where i can test this. like write something and see if it matches my personality. i want to try this now. and also lezza, i know that is generalization but i have seen many guys with smooth and fluid handwriting. but maybe because my school is really different student wise and function wise. i have developed a hybrid of handwriting from many others that i commonly use. i really want to know if i can find out how my handwriting relates to my overall personality. i wonder if my hybrid handwriting means i have a hybrid personality. i kind of do have a hybrid personality so maybe…
I agree that a person’s handwriting can tell much about the person them-self. However, I do not agree that people with a similar handwriting have similar personalities. Sure, we can study into handwriting and make conclusions, but let’s not go too far. I’ve met several people with handwriting that looks either very close or identical to mine, and yet we had near to opposite of personalities. Also, my sister and her husband have a very similar handwriting, yet they are very different.
The slant of someone’s handwriting can tell whether they are left or right handed.
I wouldn’t say that people with sloppy handwriting are careless or sloppy individuals, it could be a case of either they were in a hurry or they simply don’t consider it a need to be neat in their handwriting – maybe they even have an unsteady hand – who knows? My brother has TERRIBLE handwriting, but his room is SO organized as well as all his belongings.
There is much to say about reading handwriting, it’s actually something I study into, but I definitely won’t go on and on about it here. There is one thing though, and that when one studies handwriting, everything must be taken in – every option you can think of (such as, maybe their handwriting is sloppy because of lack of time to write instead of being a sloppy guy).
Handwriting is definitely an interesting thing to study, as well as human nature itself.
This article really caught my attention,
When I write neatly does it mean that I write femi?
Maybe it is just hereditary because my parents write very good
(although, my mom and dad both write in all caps)
I am an 11 year old boy and I write a little good
Like I said, it may be just hereditary.
Sometimes children just get their parents’ penmanship when they were kids
-Of course there’s correlation between our body language and our personality! that’s what writing is, body language; shape, design, construct letters.. it shows your lazziness or lack there of.. your responsibilty factor and many more… we just have no hard evidence… but i feel it and know it’s true. Now, that my life is not in a hurry and im a lil more put together, I write neater and on the fulfilled side-
Hurrah for running writing! The calligraphy that shows you don’t have indecency.
My handwriting is incredibly unique, not to toot my own horn, but I have never seen anyone with handwriting the same or very similar to mine. However, how some people write is not necessarily how they would like to write, nor is it always most pleasing to that person’s eye. I think that this topic deserves further study. I’m excited to hear the results!
I’m really glad to read this. I always wondered if a “graphologist”–as the article calls them–might not identify my personality correctly because I grew up writing in a very unique fashion. Some people are right-handed, less are left-handed. There is an even smaller group of people who are right-handed, but write like they are left-handed. Thus, these folks slant their letters in the “wrong” direction. I’m part of that group. I know I am not unique because I’ve met at least two others in my life who also write this way. Any graphologist who analyzes my handwriting and but doesn’t see me write would assume I’m left handed. They’d get my personality backward. Glad to know it’s all hootenanny, (well, so far…)
it would be really cool if it is true but creepy at the same time
I agree with all of you!
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i wander if someone could track you down by the way you write if so ccccrrrreeeeeepppppyyyy
Every stroke of an implement yields information to the astute and highly-trained eye. Only experts can decipher the complicated coding and share a fairly accurate picture of an individual at one moment in time when they put “pen to paper”.
I got to say i think this story really caught my attention and that i think this article is real… maybe i just got my handwriting from my parents when i was little i dont know but really i have good handwriting.
I think that to a certain degree you can accurately assume somebody’s personality from their handwriting. like uiop4, I am right-handed but it looks like I am left handed. And apparently I tilt my paper wrong or something…I don’t know if that may contribute to how you write? Also, in my Algebra class one of the smartest and neatest people writes so horrible that he actually needs to use a laptop to do all his assignments. But its a very interesting subject nonetheless
Graphology totally works!
I studied it for a year, and all the traits between handwriting and character make sense and my testing proved connections between people and their handwriting. Not all of it is spot on, but it is more correct than it would be if it really was just a bunch of guessing as this article seems to imply.
It is not creepy, it is not supernatural, and if you actually wanted to know more about this you would research it and realize that it works.
uiop4- It’s cool that you mentioned the fact that your handwriting slopes the opposite way than expected. My writing does the same thing. It slopes the way a left-handed person’s would, even though I write with my right hand, and I’ve always wondered why. I also do some athletic stuff with my left side (bowling, soccer), and I’ve been wondering if I was born left-handed but since I was taught the other way I’ve just adapted. Maybe this is the case with you too? I’ve actually been wondering about this for awhile, so this was a good article to read!
I’m sure it says something. But what? Too many non-plastic elements to extrude into a conveniently portable solid shape.
I’m not sure what to think of this, as I have very neat handwriting but messy room. But i do agree with aslemc;)
Huh, never thought about my writing that way.
Very interesting! I wish I could get my hand-writing read…that’s so creepy!
Oh, and Sora, I totally agree! I know many people with handwriting they hate and wish they could change. Especially people with messy handwriting. I can’t wait for the results either!
I Am Also A Lefty… Now, I Noticed That A-Lot Of Lefty’s Do Not Like The Way They Write Because They Think Their Different Bacuse Maybe All Their Friends Write With Their Right Hand & They Feel Like The Can NEVER Be Like Their Friends Thus Everybody Is Unique… I ALSO Disagree That Mostly all Men Type Or Write With Capital Letter’s, It Might Just Be Their Own Way Of Saying Something That Is Important Or Exciting. I Know Alot Of Female’s Who Capitalize Just As Well As My Male Freinds. ;D
My handwriting tells me I should be a doctor.
quote from A-18-K:
I wouldn’t say that people with sloppy handwriting are careless or sloppy individuals, it could be a case of either they were in a hurry or they simply don’t consider it a need to be neat in their handwriting – maybe they even have an unsteady hand – who knows? My brother has TERRIBLE handwriting, but his room is SO organized as well as all his belongings.
I’m the same way. I agree that it may be an unsteady hand. I’m highly organized, but due to being a drummer I have a very unsteady hand.
I am almost a teenager and am really outgoing, and random, weird…
Anyways, my handwriting is REALLY sloppy, and is kind of a mix of “cursive” which i hate (no offense to those who like it) and regular print. My letters run together, and sometimes i can’t even read my handwriting. I always find myself looking at how other people write, to see if i might be able to write that way. I have taken to writing my “a” like the way it is in this message, other than the one with the “tail”, i also write my “y” and “g” without a curve at the end, my capitol “a” is rounded, and overall my handwriting is big. I have heard that those with big handwriting are outgoing, and those that write small can be secluded to just themselves…
1) most girls i know write in caps a lot and most boys i know dont.
2) someone i know writes with his hand perpendicular to his writing. does that mean he has a unique personality?
basically i think all of us can write any kind of handwriting we want.But usually ,i write the big and neat[sometimes] one.
I think that this article is both right and wrong, It is right because the WAY people right shows their feelings at that time. Like if the person is hurried or tired or otherwise… I also think that lezza is wrong, I know guys and girls who right in caps or in nice handwriting. I myself, have fairly good handwriting (if I feel like it!) And I’m a guy. Interesting article though. Needs more thought and observation though.
I totaly agree with the article and with the lezza dude. And that guy from the article has the same name as me
During my years of school ( I am a teenager so still in school) I have seen so many styles of writing that I find it hard to believe that someone could categorize everyone by how they write. As writing habits develop over time everyone puts there own twist on it that makes it uniquely there own. For one person letters that curve in on themselves could mean that they have a bubbly personality; but for another it could mean that they are shy and introverted. Studying handwriting can tell us about their personality, as long as you take into account the rest of their behavioral quirks. P.S. I write my letters with a lot of curly-Q’s
L-guy: u mean write.
Lezza: i agree.
And i have several different types of writing… i have:
-ugh… notes suck
-note to a cute guy
-impress the teacher
-OMG im so mad!
Your writing comes from your brain, not your hands — you will write in similar fashion whether with your right hand or left, the characteristics come through and no, the ‘left-handed/right-handed’ slant is not confusing to graphologists. (The slant is a learned trait, not necessarily a determination of right- or left-handed predominance). They know that your writing is coming from your brain because those characteristics show even if you have lost use of both hands, they show if you hold the pen and write with either foot or even with your mouth.
Not all men have sloppy writing and some of us gals will print in all-caps. Graphologists do not stererotype when they are analyzing. It is an extremely interesting study.
I have an outgoing, worried, weird, random, and unstable (sometimes I’m super nice and an angel, sometimes I’m devious and a total demon, sometimes I’m super weird but in a cute way and have a baby-like character) personality. I change my handwriting everyday, so maybe that represents my unstable personality? I write really fast and get frustrated when I write too small or too big or I use too much paper. I also tend to mix up my print lettering and change it to cursive right in between the sentence or word. I connect my print letters together in a sloppy but very readable way. I guess this hypothesis could be true. Keep on working, graphologists!
I disagree with lezza. In my own experiance women have written much larger then the males in my classes. The guy’s are much smaller but not as neat, the girls still tend to have nicer handwriting. I myself am a male and I have horrible hand writing but in no way does that mean I will be a janitor when I grow up I have a 3.9 GPA and I am enrolled in multiple AP classes. From what i have seen females tend to right in bubble righting which looks to be all capitals.
honestly speaking i tend to av an experience where the handwriting of ma mates actually says a lot about their physical stature…..one is very tall and slim and the way she writes is exactly the same as her physical stature, another writes very thinly and mid heighted which is the exact description of her body and height i tend to have a short and rounded handwriting with very sharp lines for my L’ k q’s and things like that. which explains ma personality as being bland and rather “sharp” with my words as well as my stature ( I DONT KNOW BUT THAT IS THE TRUTH)
i write bad ^_^
I learned to write in all caps for drafting when I was in tech school, and I haven’t been able to undo that programming ever since. I had to re-teach myself how to write normally when I started teaching Sunday School so I wouldn’t confuse the young children about how to write properly.
Well my handwriting is….er, let just stick with not so great.Well actually you could move it down to horrifying. My teacher said I had serial killer handwriting………………I could’nt argue about that………but she said I’m an awsome artist.She said I have to think of writing as an art…….T_T I found that very hard……But I improved!!!!!!! \ ^_^ /
I’m currently in the seventh grade with okay grade and neat and flashy handwriting. I write as script and normal at the same time. Team mates of my class say that I have the best handwriting in the seventh grade, though they sometimes can not read what I’m writing down. I do like to switch handwriting fonts due to classmates and teachers saying that it’s neat but it’s hard for them to read. So sometimes I copy people in my class sloppy or not and try it out and see how I do with their handwriting font.
But my handwriting changes most of the time. I mean like during school holidays I don’t write as much as I do during school time so when I get back to school after that, my handwriting gets really ugly. I think a lot of people mostly students go through that, right? So I think they do need to further study on this topic because at different times people can change how they want to write.
And I agree with bvallah16 because I’m a student and there are times when I just want to write faster, you know what I’m saying? And there are times I just want to cool down and write slower and neater.
I meant to say best boy handwriter, in the seventh grade
My best friends older sister says that my hand writing is actually readable while millions of other people in the world have terrible handwriting. I wonder if that’s really true…….??????
From my personal experience, friends who grew up together (same school, same handwriting class, same culture, and wrote notes back/forth from each other), would naturally have similar handwriting “styles”- just like they would pick up on each other’s fashion, likes/dislikes, lexicon.
Although I don’t necessarily buy into their theories, I think the study of graphologism (or whatever they are called) goes beyond “style”. They dissect each individual letter, and compare them against all the other words. They look at something simple such as the slant or how someone dots their i (which are styles relatively easy to pick up off one another) to how big the first letter is compared to the rest of the word – how far you let the y or g at the end of a word drag on for. these would be more innate and personal. or how hard someone writes or the way the pen is held (which can usually be determined by examining how the ink looks on paper).
I think the way other people write is really interesting.
It makes sense in a way that your personality affects your handwriting. I’m a lefty, so I hear a lot of left-handed vs. right-handed talk about intelligence, personality, etc, so therefore if your being left-handed means you tend to be more creative than a right-handed person, why can’t your particular writing style say you’re more creative than someone else? Both are hereditary traits.
Woah thats so wierd.!
My handwriting was once analysed by a well known handwriting and body-language expert here in Australia whilst I was attending an industry specific fuction, in company with some colleages who knew me well. The results described my capabilities and attitude to my work quite accurately. My companions also generally agreed with these conclusions. For interest I write in capitals that have some cursive characters distributed randomly. The analyst was particularly interested in how i signed my name which is a mixture of capital and cursive characters. He however did not offer any real personality description. So, from this experience I came away convinced of some merit in using this technique but then again may have been “sucked in” by showmanship.
It seems to me that handwriting can also be attritubed to gender and social status. For example, I’ve always noticed that while most girls that tend to be more clique-associated have that “bubbly” type of writing style, most clique-associated boys (the football players, the nerds; c’mon, we all have/had them in our schools!) have that small, scrunched up handwriting that is usually considered messy or hard to read. Maybe something about social status and gender has to do with how you write as well.
You said you study into handwriting. If you could e-mail me at email@example.com, I’d much appreciate it. You seem like someone I’d enjoy a good discussion with, about this in particular. And I’d like to know more about your studies.
If you don’t want to use your real e-mail, just go to http://www.gmail.com and make one, mine’s not a real name.
I think a lot of people are missing the point of graphology (despite its unreliability, I still need to defend it). It’s not about how sloppy or neat your writing is, it’s more on the level of slants of certain letters, or the way you draw the tail on your lowercase “a”, things like that. All sloppiness gives an indication of is your fine motor skills.
I have had arthritis since I was six years old and my handwriting depends on the weather and barometric pressure. When I have no pain in my wrists, my writing is quite legible, if not as beautiful as my mother’s, but when the storms come in I can barely read my own notes. So except for signing the few checks I write, I seldom hand write anymore. I miss it but I get more done when I can actually read my to do lists.
I completely agree with A-18-K.
This article is pretty interesting. I have many different types of handwriting! It literally varies all the time with my mood and setting (class room vs. outside in a park). I don’t think it is impossible to see some aspect of a person’s personality by analyzing their handwriting however, I agree with the article in that I don’t think it will be very accurate most of the time. Interestingly enough, my friend (who happens to be extremely intuitive) once saw my handwriting as well as my other friends’ handwriting on a slip of paper and was able to identify who wrote what simply by how it was written (She had never seen our handwriting before). She said that our personalities were “obvious” in how we wrote. … ^_^
I have sometimes wondered what impact this present day of computers and technology will have on our hand-writing. If children are learning from a younger and younger age to type, and if schools are pushing to become more technologically advanced as a means of advancing the quality of education, will future students even understand the necessity of legitimate handwriting?
I think there’s a lot of factors that I’m wondering have to do with personality or not…
Underwriting/overwriting, connected letters (closer to cursive) or straight and neat, size… etc
Grammar and tone probably could tell one’s personality…
I believe that a study of personal signatures would be interesting. If one could obtain say 1000 signatures of people with exactly the same name and compare similar characteristics with personality types, career type, socioeconomic or other traits etc. Personally, I developed my signature spontaneously (it was what felt right) when I was about 13 or 14 years old and apart from some minor refinement to improve reproducibility in the early stages, have retained the same script to this day (I am now 58). Without any outside influence did this signature reflect some personality trait? Since it is unique (I have never seen another like it being a combination of capitals and cursive characters) and did not reflect any characteristics of the signature of my Father, Mother or Siblings was it a reflection of my intrinsic personality or intellect?
My handwriting seems to change a lot, although it generally stays within a few general styles. But it can change quite rapidly: I can start a homework assignment with it looking tight and cramped, then it will straighten out and become tall, slanted, and semi-connected, but not cursive, and the assignment will end large, round, loose and messy.
I do think that my handwriting sometimes relates to the word that I am writing. I can’t think of an example right now, but I knkow it happens.
This is an very interesting article, and I particularily enjoyed the bit about the history of Graphology.
I stopped writing in cursive at a young age, preferring to print everything. Even then, my handwriting has gone through phases, sometimes a deliberate attempt to make it more readable, sometimes to write faster, sometimes just to be artistic.
I can write in an old phase, but why should I? My handwriting-of-the-decade is just as readable as my older forms.
By the way: my signature is also printed, but stylized in an unusual way.
Honestly, when I was little, my handwriting was terrible, so I worked on it. Writing the alphabet so many times, it’s crazy, but my hand writing improved a ton. Since I’ve learned other languages, who characters don’t match our own Roman characters, I don’t agree with the statement that our handwriting matches our personality. If so, I would write in bubble letters. I have a bubbly, out-going personality. But I’m a professional teacher, so it would not fly with my students. Plus, depending on what I’m writing, I write neatly or very sloppy. Calligraphy is one of my many hobbies, so I really don’t think you can understand a person by their writing.
Why are so many people here buying into this? This is a prime example of a spurious relationship; not to mention they even say that this hasn’t even been proven. Yet so many people here are already making the correlation. Linking handwriting to social status, gender, ethnicity? Give me a break! It’s truly sad when others start judging you on the way you write despite the fact that it only takes a few seconds of thought to realize how spurious this is. People tremor, may write fast/sloppy some days, carry over writing habits from prior language, etc. How do we classify the personalities of these people? YOU DON’T! Are people’s brains so meager nowadays that they lack the capacity to accept people without classifying them? Just what humanity needs; another way to judge others.
Why are so many people here buying into this? This is a prime example of a spurious relationship; not to mention they even say that this hasn’t even been proven. Yet so many people here are already making the correlation. Linking handwriting to social status, gender, ethnicity? Give me a break! It’s truly sad when others start judging you on the way you write despite the fact that it only takes a few seconds of thought to realize how spurious this is. People tremor, may write fast/sloppy some days, carry over writing habits from prior language, etc. How do we classify the personalities of these people? YOU DON’T! Are people’s brains so meager nowadays that they lack the capacity to accept people without classifying them?
This is a very interesting article. I have never thought about handwriting and your personality. I think every one has their own unique handwriting. I have to agree with him for this one!!!
Well, I change my writing depending on my classes though. For example, in history I write in caps but in science i don’t… i write small and neat, and in English i write skinny-ish but still neat. And i change my writing whenever i want to so this really doesn’t apply to me.
I think that with writing, like typing, how on point or careless you are with spelling and legibility speaks a lot about your responsibility to effectively to communicate. If your spelling is off, or if you write in an incoherent manner, that sends the message that you are lazy about making sure others can read it too and you just don’t care about others. If you can bet that you’ll know what you meant, that is enough for you, and sometimes you don’t even care about that! Not good! Pay attention to your habits. A lazy writer is also a lazy worker, a lazy spouse, a lazy budgeter, and a lazy goal setter. How you write is a good indicator of how importantly you take yourself and others, and how put together your life is or is on the path to becoming. Food for thought…
Like everyone else I have a different personalty, wonder if you can guess my personalty?
Running writing ( cheerful / study )
Primary school writing ( writing a letter to my boyfriend / older brother )
OMG I’m so mad ( mad )
Fancy writing ( cheeky / happy )
Once again, can you guess m personality? If you do, E-MAIL me at Hotmail:
Oh yeah guys if you wonder where I’m from, I’m from Japan. And thank you whoever posted this article and the everyone else!
Have a good day everyone!
– Minya-chan ( or -sama boss of a tutoring college) [sama = boss]
typical women taking any opportunity to have a dig at men (lezza) people dont write in capitals to make them sound bigger than women what if i was writing in capitals and not even addressing a woman? GENERALLY people use caps to create a visual focus or to show more expression. A lot of people find it very difficult to express themselves in writing especially those with dyslexia so I think it’s very unfair to judge anyone on their handwriting, especially how lazy they are. I find it hard to believe that with all this talk of stereotypes not one of you has mentioned doctors and their handwriting. sage are you going to tell me that doctors are lazy, bad people? I agree with David-U. I believe that everyone should be accepted for all their characteristics, the good and the bad. handwriting included.
My former boss used a graphologist’s interpretations in her hiring process. In part, my handwriting got me the job! I can’t remember everything she had to say, but mainly that I was intelligent, had issues with authority, but was open to change. There is a lot more to it than most people think, I’ve learned. Even physical and mental illness can be diagnosed. I was surprised to learn from this article that there was no scientific basis to it.
I have one writing style but two ways to write it. When I don’t care I write taller and thiner and so sloppy only Heaven and I can read it. When I want some one else to read it I write more rounded, curved and clean.
My mom always stresses over my handwriting. She says she can’t read it, but I can’t read her’s or what she makes me write like. I actully refuse to write the way she wants.
-I’m 14 years old. do you think it’s bad I can’t read or write cursive?
I think it’s all nonsense- like trying to decipher personality through birthdates. My sister and I, as well as my father and his mother, have very similar handwriting- but very different personalities.
My handwriting has been very consistent for the past 10+ years, but I’ve grown and changed very much as a person.
I don’t think this does a tenth of the job of capturing human complexity it asserts.
my cursive writing is so bad that after a couple of days i can’t even read half of it myself, so around 9th grade or so i began to just print everything. by the time i made it to college and took a drafting course, my printing was very legible and clean. however, over time, and for the sake of expediency my printed writing has become tied together almost like cursive (printed letters tied together with the pen seldom being picked up off the paper). though not as neat by far as my regular printing (i can print neatly enough to rival a typewriter if i choose), it does have the benefit of being legible to all readers and takes less time to perform than standard print writing. does this say anything about my personality? maybe… busy mind=sloppy handwriting, desire to communicate well with others=learn to legibly print. maybe some gross generalizations like that. i think the way you communicate with words lends itself better to personality profiling than the character of your penstroke.
there is no right way to write right, right?
My handwriting changes all the time, depending on my mood but I always make sure it is neat and legible. I somehow agree that people with similar handwriting have similar personalities. When I was in an all-girls school, there was a distinct handwriting which some girls from all-girls school adopt. And surprisingly, they have similar personalities too. But when I was in a co-ed school, I noticed that my friends tend to have less tidy/ neat handwriting and they don’t bother to improve their handwriting, which agitates me. I feel that your handwriting somewhat defines what you are, and if you don’t put pride in your own handwriting then I guess you don’t put pride in your work either.
I completely disagree with lezza because I’m a girl and my handwriting is probably some of the messiest ever. It does have barely any spaces though…
Pesonaly, I think it’s all a bunch of crap! You can’t tell someone’s personality by their handwriting. But that’s my own opinion…(:
i think that this article is so right,and wrong. i look at my mom’s handwriting and then i look at mine and they seem totally different when i get mad at her. but when we get along our handwriting has many more similarities. its the same with my dad and i although ours matches up more often because i am more like him. P.S. i totally agree with the second comment. i have had guy teachers and girl teachers and the guys seem to write in CAPS all the time!
Same is the case with me
oh and “The Sage”, you have to be some type of teacher. nobody, imean,NOBODY!, WRITES LIKE THAT! especialy on comments.
i think that on the surface its simply a style but there are some traits of your handwriting ull never change. for example, iv written my ts the same way since i was small, despite changing my handwriting a number of times. for me, my mood towards what im writing is a huge factor. iv noticed that when im writing a history essay (which is usually fairly interesting) my handwriting is much easier to read but when im angry all my letters get much shorter and sharper and look a mess!!
uys seem to write in all-caps more often than girls. (this is generalizing, don’t get mad at me) Maybe you could say that it’s because men like to feel like they are bigger than women and they are more comfortable being spread out while women like to be tight, small, and put together. But I think it’s mostly black people are apes and haven’t fully evolved. They hold the pen like a banana because women generally have good handwriting and men have bad, and guys that do have good handwriting don’t want to have feminine handwriting, so they write in all caps to avoid looking femi.
As others have said, I have a lazy/scribbled/only-legible-by-me hand writing when I’m leaving notes and writing in a hurry. When I’m actually focusing on the writing as much as on the words, then my handwriting is very neat. But I can also mimic just about anybody else’s handwriting… for example, I can write exactly like my best friend, to the point where she even thinks it is her handwriting!
As far as the personality, I’m not sure. My oldest brother and I have similar personalities and similar handwriting. My other brother is nothing like me in personality and writes completely different.
In my experience I have been told by many people that I write “small” and at a right slant, however I’m left handed. I have also noticed that for a reason unknown to myself many teenage girls write or text in a strange lingo that I don’t understand such as saying “thankss” or “heyy”. Various girls I have asked say they will this purposefully but do not seem to have any particular reason for doing so. Anyway I am curious as to why this happens. Why do I write at a right angle (alothough it seems faster to me, I tend to link my letters in some strange semi-cursive that I began to practice during middle-school). For instance I’ll link “e” and “r” similiar to cursive but I will keep the letters themselves at a slant and still in print.
I think that with many things are handwriting can be unique to the individual and is just one of the many ways we adapt and develop as we move through our lives.
My writing is sloppier if I’m writing while angered or in haste also the useage of curse words increases when I’m angry as well. Also the lines are thicker and the letters are slightly bigger.
I think the writing depends entirely on your personality, your life. But I find it difficult to believe that someone could tell my personality from my writing.
My handwriting is messy, man-like although I am a girl. Actually, many men have better handwriting than mine. You can barely understand it, unless I write very slowly. However, I am a very organised, neat, into detail…
So why my handwriting? Because at the age of 6 I went from a country in South America to a European one, and I had to “miss” about half a year of school, just when you write the letters again and again and again. Instead, I had to focus on improving on a different language, and write quicker, so I could have grades high enough to pass… Later on I tried to improve my handwriting, and I did, but I guess it was too late to make it more feminine.
Also, didn’t you notice that when you don’t “handwrite” for a while (because you’re using the computer or cel phones), and you have to write Christmas cards for example, your writing doesn’t seem to be the same?
I’d been interested in handwriting interpretation for several years during undergrad but once I learned it wasn’t legit, I decided not to focus as much on it. Interestingly enough now, my job is interpreting Myers-Briggs personality assessments for others–there really is no connection. However, the strangest thing happens to me when I focus on being neat when signing greeting cards, my hand veers off and does it’s own thing just as I get to the middle letter of my name “s” or the middle letter of my husband’s name at the letter “r” which is also in the middle. It seems like the more careful I try to be, the more likely it is to occur so I try to hurriedly scribble our names to overcome it. Weird!
When I was in elementary school, the teacher tore up my writing exercise book in front of the class and made me start again from the beginning because my penmanship was so bad. Oddly enough, this did not make me eager to learn good penmanship.
Today my handwritten notes are in a printed scrawl with random capitalization and the occasional cursive letter, all of which is illegible unless I put real effort and time into making it readable. Even then it’s not pretty. I don’t know if there is a disability for handwriting, but if there is, I think I might have it.
Fortunately, 90% of written communication is now done by keyboarding, so I don’t need to worry about it hampering my life.
I have often been told that individuals with sloppy handwriting have a strong creative talent. In my circle of friends this is very true, though I cannot speak for anyone beyond my small scope. But those of us that have sloppy handwriting, nigh illegible, are writers, artists, musicians, and other creative sorts vis-a-vis the rest of us who find themselves in a number of other fields where they utilize little creative talent but rather adhere to a set of rules or processes to complete tasks.
However I feel there is little connection between handwriting and typing. My own handwriting compared to my typing is like night and day, and so it should seem illogical to conclude that handwriting and typing are linked when one could be poor in writing but superior in typing or vice-versa. So logically, either handwriting is linked to personality or typing is linked to personality, but not both.
I believe that your personality has nothing to do with the way that you write. Mostly because our personality is a trait that we learn to develope to stand out from all of the rest. Writing is soemthing that is taught in order to comunicate with one another along with talking.
NICO LUVS YUJIN— I do hate it when our elders use our strengths against us. My mom tells me the same thing because she knows I’m an artist. It doesn’t help.
Does anyone else see the irony, in what seems to be a grammatical error in this article, posted by a dictionary site? Check for yourself. It seems to be the word 'could' between 'you' and 'confuse,' in the penultimate paragraph.
I assume it's probably a typo.
What is themeaning of the word erkaloctomy in the word oskoksiliskoctomysportoctoctoctogonigin
Handwriting does NOT have anything to with personality, but possibly does correspond with speech. For exaple, I have sh*tty penmanship, but I am neat. Also, I talk like I write-fast and slurred.
Funny thought about the comment from earlier about men’s handwriting compared to that of women…. my handwriting is extremely simialar to my Grandfather’s handwriting.
My father had BEAUTIFUL handwriting.
I meet MANY teenagers… boys AND girls… who write like 3rd graders.
A lot of it is learned, some of it is thought up, and maybe part of it is genetics.
I agree with the article….but I have to say that all of the girly drama girls in my class write the exact same, which is with full, round letters. I write a lot like this other guy in my class, sometimes I think his work is my own. Guess what? We’re nothing alike at all.
My handwriting is just a bit sloppy. When I don’t want to write, I write my words in half-cursive. But when I do answer short-answer questions or things similar to that, I write kind of round and curvy. But my original handwriting is a bit round and clean. That just describes my personality being neat and not messy at all! Haha, Everyone has their own unique handwriting.
I aggree with this article, but, girls seem to write with big, wide, close-together letters while on the other hand guys tend to write in all-caps letters or “small scrawl”. Does this say something about who we are?!
I believe Graphology, like Demonology or horoscopes, is a pseudoscience and people should have a total disregard for what graphologists say. Please correct me if i am wrong.
I agree with June Bug 19 because your penmanship and personality are 2 different things! !
i have a book on that and it proves true with me :/
I have a sloppy-but-neat-ish, cursive-but-not thing going on. I think it’s actually sort of pretty in its own way when I write in a hurry, but I don’t think anyone but me can read it when I do that, haha. But I agree with others on here that when I expect someone to read it, I make the writing much neater than what it otherwise would be. I try to have good penmanship for my teachers, but somethings I decide that I’m too tired, and that they’ve probably seen others a million times worse, so then I get lazy (which I am to begin with, but only with homework, not actual schoolwork—my handwriting seems to imitate my personality, doesn’t it? I contradict myself all the time).
It’s difficult to answer, perhaps, unless of course it has to do with age. From my observation a young adult has a handwritng that not very admirable contradicting his personality as he is very kind, considerate and polite.
Now I must ask your forgiveness for nexr topic. It is about the number that has in two colours: blue up top and red in bigger at the bottom. I notice it states 104 to be exact. I know by the time I post the number will change, but it would not be one remain same and one will be added by one. The blue will stay same while the RED will change. And by tomorrow the other one changes and both become same–Magic!
Reading these comments is so strange. My favorites are the posts wherein peoples respond to this article dedicated to graphology being useless for personality profiling by being all- “I agree! Handwriting totally tells you what people are like!” No, no it doesn’t.
I’m a girl but I do NOT have good handwriting
This article is very interesting… Never thought about that! BTW I’m Minya’s little brother.
Thank you whoever wrote this! I found it very entertaining! Thank you!
I think that your handwriting can say things about you, to a point; but people can always be careful and change their writing style. About two years ago, the sloppiness of my handwriting drove me insane, and i spent the next week of school carefully lettering everything. Now, my writing is completely different, but I am still pretty much the same. For those who have written the same way their entire lives, people can probably figure out some personality traits, but for those who have changed their writing, probably not.
I find Graphology a very interesting topic and I want to see if it is true or not. I my self write perpendicular to my sheet of paper and I wonder if that says anything about my personality. I feel people tend to right different ways depending on the situation their in, for example if they are in a hurry, or don’t think that anybody would see it but them ( I know I do). I think that plays a big part when studying handwriting.
I don’t think that personality and penmanship are related that much because I actually change the way I write certain letters every month or so. According to some people, this would mean that my personality changes every month or so, and I can assure you that it does not.
Maybe it can tell a little about someone’s general personality, but it cannot be so detailed of a personality check that I keep hearing about.
One of my friends, for instance, said that if you dot your “i”s with a little circle like an “o” on the top of a stick instead of a dot like a “.”, then that shows that you are naive. I totally do not believe that.
I’ve noticed in the last year that my handwriting has largely been shaped by my history in science and mathematics. As a prospective engineer, I must write w, t, y, u, i, d, f, g, j, k, l, z, x and v differently to distinguish them from certain numbers, Greek letters and math operators within equations and formulas. These writing habits have largely spilled over into my daily handwriting techniques. Has anyone else noticed this sort of thing happening?
The local newspaper, The Kalamazoo Gazette, published an article just before the 2000 Presidential election in which a graphologist analyzed Gore’s and Bush’s handwriting. I wrote a letter to the editor telling them that this was an irresponsible act to encourage people to vote irrationally. A couple years and two more letters later (after more absurd articles) I finally just cancelled my subscription.
Everyone in my class says that I have such perfect writing that it should be a font..and I sometimes don’t really like it when they say that….
I find it incredibly amusing that some of you are actively engaged in an argument over whether or not men and women differ in penmanship and “all-caps” usage. The obvious answer is: yes, they do. All people differ in their handwriting, as well as in their “all-caps” usage because they are individuals. Gender is not an influence. There are plenty of examples in the real world that men are capable of excellent handwriting, and women are capable of deplorable handwriting, and vice versa. The same goes for “all-caps” usage. If you wish to argue about gender differences, do it somewhere else; you have obviously missed the entire point of the article.
I’ve go to say that it’s true. Shy people have small, while social people have big. Boastful people right messily while modest people right neatly. Cute, small ones right lightly, while the outrageous and fun ones right hard (they often break pencils, I should know). This article is completely correct.
I REMBERE ONETIME A MAN TOLD ME THAT EVEN YOUR EMAIL REVEALS SOMEHTING ABOUT YOU JUST LIKE THE HANDWRITING WHICH MEANS YOUR ELECTRONIC WRITINGS EQUALS YOUR HANDWRITING.
My peeves in e-mails and blog posts:
-Writing in all caps, which is not only difficult to read, it is the equivalent of shouting.
-Not using caps when proper name, new sentence, etc. or punctuation marks. To me this conveys laziness and/or ignorance.
-”Wall of Text” Both difficult to read and look at one long, uninterrupted paragraph. Break up your thoughts into paragraphs and people might be more apt to read your e-mail or blog comments.
-Not proof reading and spell checking. Errors indicate laziness and ignorance.
Oops, thought I was posting (above) on the linked post on e-mail style.
interesting article….things like these fascinates me..By the way i had a point to share..Have you observed something.,our writing goes on changing with our age..i feel writing obviously reflects out behavior and state of mind as well.Also, a person wid bad hand writing need not be bad in his behavior.This is damn true and ironic that this is my case
great site very useful I love this site
It held true with me but is not always the case everywhere; on the flip side, this is a very interesting article.
I think it could be true
My hand writting is so bad my teacher don’t understand a word i write. also it hurts me so badly because when I go to college i might get kick out LOL
I’m a right-handed girl.
I write most of the time in caps.
I only write and eat with my right hand.
Rest of the things I’m a lefty.
I write a mix of print and cursive.
C,K,O,P,Q,S,T,V,F,X.All thse in print.Rest in cursive.
Find my character
PS:My handwriting is usually Straight (occasionally slants towards the right)
i totally agree. they are two totally different things! just because you have a(for example) goth personality doesnt mean that you right *gothishy.
*teehee, not a real word.
I’m a girl and I have very bad handwriting when writing notes to myself and try to write better when writing for other people but my handwriting’s still bad even then.
I like typing better.
I learned to hold my pencil the wrong way and had very bad handwriting. I’ve recently taught myself how to hold it the right way but my handwriting is still very bad.
At leased I don’t get writer’s cramp so much any more.
My personality is not very outgoing by normal standards but very very outgoing by my family’s standards. I love writing stories and I want to be doctor when I grow up.
I personally have several style of handwriting. One is for just when I’m by myself writing to myself; another, I’m not alone, but even though only I’m going o see it, I tend to write neater anyway. If it’s for someone else, it depends on who it’s for; but, in general, I think how you write is more indicative of the context, not your entire personality.
yeah i gotta agree. like if you write really sloppy, you might be a busy (or rushed) person.
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It makes sense, but not because of penmanship, but because of the style someone writes in, you can kind of deduce someones personality/attitude… )
I personally trained myself to write differently than I did before so…………………. Maybe the whole correlation makes sense but there are WAY to many variables to find out the actual answer to the question( does somebodies writing style correlate with your personality). That is why I think the Myers-Briggs type indicator test failed. just something to think about….
I really thought this article was very interesting, in my case though, being a writer in highschool I write very small and neat, yet im a very outgoing person. But I am always studying or looking at the way my friends and family write and it somewhat describes their personalities. I just love trying to figure out someones personality only by watching them write, its almost like a puzzle, it can be wrong or right.
Why does a Poodle sometimes Doodle?
I have, in the past, learned things about people by their handwriting. For example, if they dot their “i”s with hearts, they’re girls.
i totally argee i feel that you cantell that im cheerful when u see my neat handwrting
I agree but at the same time its stupid to write alot
Great post, and so many good questions! It sounds like there is some interest and healthy skepticism, too.
I was skeptical, too: my grandma had her handwriting analyzed years ago, and she shared it with me. She was amazed that from a paragraph or so, they sent her a 6-page analysis that she thought was very accurate. Grandma was a major skeptic, so for her to be amazed by something like that was saying something. Some years later, I ran across a book about handwriting analysis, then later I took a course, and stuck with it long enough to become certified. It has been so much fun for me, and the best reaction I get is when people tell me how accurate it is, and “how could you know all that from a couple of sentences?”
I have a friend who used to work at the FBI and does this kind of thing, and I am learning A TON from him.
I’d be glad to answer any questions, and if you have any samples, to take a look at them and see what I can tell you about them.
I look at people’s handwriting every day and can’t help but analyze it, so yes, I can get something from every piece of writing that I see.
Have a great weekend!
I know that my handwriting is a total reflection on what my mind is doing. Like it has a mind of it’s own
There is no true correlation between a person’s handwriting and their personality. Coordination is affected by a persons mood, thoughts and feelings. Also, it is quite possible to change ones own style of handwriting, though it takes effort and time. A persons handwriting is linked to their identity, it becomes a part of them.
I am an intermediate graphologist. I asked some people to give me handwriting samples. Whe I asked them if the personality I was able to determine was correct they all said it was very close, if not correct, even the ones I determined were likely to cheat on people and lie occasionally.
Hand writing may not have a lot to say about personality. I have the privilege of shortlisting and interviewing candidates for recruitment. I have come to the conclusion that handwriting can be deceptive. You will see some candidates with good hand writing but full of errors. At times, to match the handwriting of individuals with his/her personality will be like comparing black with white. Though it is good to have good hand writing as it creates good impression but one should not be surprised to see exactly opposite of the picture the handwriting has already created in minds
I think I have many styles of handwriting, when I focus on it and want to make it look good, but it mostly looks bad, on the contrary, when I pay less attention on it, it looks good, why?
I expected to learn what my sometimes caps, graffiti-esque, yet always fluctuating handwriting has to say about my personality.
Dictionary.com, you’re such a tease. :c
I just noticed someone else’s (is that grammatically correct?) post- I’m not Jeanne, but what she said is similar to what I thought I said when I went back to comment on this that for a moment, I stopped because I couldn’t remember typing it… because I didn’t. Oh well, I have a similar viewpoint and a similar friend. ^-^
Anyway, foolish mistakes aside, I have another comment: If it’s true that you can tell someone’s personality from their handwriting, what about their typing? I mean, their diction and choice of punctuation. For example, I asked a question in parentheses in my first statement, then used a hyphen to separate my thoughts. Is that indicative of a meticulous personality?
Well Yes My Handwriting Shows My Personality Symbols & Expressions Boys Do Write In All Caps and no Offense But Some Boys Have Better HandWriting Then Us
I am a strong advocate of writing each letter separately without linking them.
I am also all for writing letters according to the printed version for b, f, r, s, y, z)
But I am more for handwritten (rather than print form for a and g in its elaborate form)
this is interesting because my penmanship is not really good, but i can say that it is not related to the personality of a person on how he/she writes.But i can say it depends on his mood that day……….
So what did we learn here: absolutely nothing!
so what we learn here: absolutely nothing here !
how come all the popular girls have bubbly, round letters?
I have neat tall letters, sort of manuscript and I write neatly. It’s easier for me. I’m sloppily and running everywhere. I’m always forgetting to buy certain items and I’m always late on deadlines and my boyfriend is the oppisite. He’s very by the rules. Study , then talk to me. Blah blah blah.
My boyfriend writes terrible, it’s chicken scratch times ten. I can barely get him to sign something and make it legible, it would be more helpful if he jotted down an X. But I like him anyway. He’s very serious and randomly outgoing when he wants to be, so it’s weird. He always wants me to write down notes for him because he’s to lazy to write neatly. He can do it, he just doesn’t try, I’ve seen him write and it’s pretty (when he really tries)!
Does personality count?
I have looked into the “graphology” of my own penmanship, and what I’ve found certainly does correlate between my style of writing and my personality. My writing naturally slants left, my letters connect and I press hard. From what I’ve researched, it’s pretty spot on to my personality.
However, this couldn’t possibly be generalized toward everyone, because what about cultures that write in languages that don’t use letters? For instance, Mandarin or Farsi?
I just did a handwriting analysis by writing down a sentence in cursive and analyzing it (although I don’t know how accurate it is) and most of the findings, not all, linked to my personality so I definitely think handwriting is somewhat linked to your personality. Maybe its a coincidence, but the fact that writing is stemmed from your brain shows that the way you write can depict your personality or what mood you are in at the moment. Just my opinion
I think this is just another stereotypical piece of rubbish. I have changed my handwriting multiple times in my life and I am a guy and don’t write all in caps only when writtin quick notes I write joined up in an italic fashion Relativly small it’s the way I got taught at school. This is a silly article
I am a guy and have had many people say my handwriting is “girly” because it is “beautiful.” I just laugh, because I’d rather have good or even “impressive” handwriting than the opposite. I typically just write in cursive, even class notes, because it is quicker for me to write in cursive or shorthand rather than printing things out. I do however, as bizarre as this sounds, think that watching my mother signing her name on checks and writing thank-you notes as a child really influenced my handwriting because she has incredible penmanship and I’ve noticed many similarities between the way I write certain letters and her style as well. My dad has absolute chicken-scratch handwriting. Also in 2nd grade at my school we did penmanship courses the whole year and had to trace cursive letters as homework all the time. So, I think all of our handwriting tendencies are highly influenced by our experiences in our formative years. I certainly wouldn’t say it’s organically produced, but I would say it would definitely include a bit of our personality and conscious decisions as to how we write. I remember middle school when tons of people deliberately tried to shape their handwriting into a certain look, so I know that some people do force it for various reasons.
I feel that your writing determines your mood. For example:
When I am motivated I write neat and all my notes are very well organized. When I am tired or in a bad mood, tired, or just not fully into my work for the day; my spelling is off and my notes/ writing is sloppy! I would say that your writing can determine the mood that you are in! Just a slight opinion from a young man who can not sleep and who will have messy notes in the morning!) This is all based on people that know you of course.
I never learned cursive. People say that I write upsidedown with some letters like s and e. Also, I write the E in my last name as a backwards 3, but in regular writing, I use the regular E. I don’t really know what this means though.
I change my handwriting often while writing, because I can never decide how I like it to look, or what feels more comfortable. I feel this reflects my personality a lot, because I’m very versatile and never really settle with one interest or activity.
8 out of 10 times I can guess when a woman writes something. Esp younger women. They seem to write with more rounded letters then men. Its just something I have encountered again and again.
Does anyone know what it means when someone writes a number upside down? Specifically I refer to the number 2.
Got a quick question- Does genetics have anything to do with your handwriting?
In context to an interesting chapter of Graphology and as someone here has said that different people having similar handwriting can’t of similar character, I would love to narrate an incident , which happened in my career while working with Ahuja Radios , where their GM Jhanhgir Rai Luthra, Publicity Manager Anand and one Peon (forgetting his name) – these all three persons had similar handwriting style. Therefore, in brief and in my view even after so much research to predict one’s character on the basis of his handwriting is all bullshit — even very learned Pundits have failed to predict one’s character 100% ! So guy, don’t be discouraged – just try to see and find the ways how you may improve your character yourself, instead allowing others to peep into your personal life for nothing.