Have you ever wondered what is in the written word? Stimulated by brain impulses, the act of writing is both a science and an art, with the state of the brain at the time of writing having a direct influence over what appears on the page.
Ahead of National Handwriting Day on Monday, 23rd January, experts in all things pen and ink, Pen Heaven are sharing their recent findings on what your handwriting says about you.
As unique as a fingerprint, with no regard for age, gender or race, handwriting, with all its subtleties, has long been used to determine one's personality.
An excellent reflection of a person's psyche, doctors through to matchmakers have been known to examine cursive to reveal everything from lingering ailments to compatibility.
Delving deeper and looking at the finer detail, Pen Heaven have pooled together their best resources, experience and knowledge to help you ascertain what your writing style reveals about you.
From sharp pointed letters to large looped 'y' and how one dots an I, here are some handwritten rules to ascertain if your cursive is giving off the right impression.
Size, Pressure & Speed
Small lettering shows academic qualities, often found in scientists, lawyers and technicians – those who need to be precise. It represents a good ability to focus and concentrate on the job at hand.
Large script comes from the hand of a true creative, showcasing the writer’s wide perspective on the world and one who rarely gets bored.
When it comes to the amount of pressure applied when writing, this is directly related to a person’s mood and emotions - the harder the pressure, the deeper the emotion. Very indented font can signify tension, stress and moments of anger.
Those who have patience when they write exude a methodical and organised hand, the complete opposite to a hasty writer who scribbles down quickly and often has a dislike for any delay.
Angles and Spacing
Wide spacing between letters shows a free spirit, one who is relaxed and open. The same hand will more than likely use large loops for y, g, p and l. The more artistic the individual is, the more curvaceous and rounded all letters become.
Words that overcrowd and offer limited space between each other, very much reflect a person of the same nature – one who is intrusive and oversteps personal space. If the author is of a sceptical mind, they may also express their mindset with narrow loops on all letters that hoop and curl.
Sharp and pointed lettering is an immediate giveaway for a curious, intelligent and intense character, one who is likely to cross their ‘t’ with a long stroke to show just how determined they are.
Crosses, Dots and Slants
When it comes to self-esteem, how one crosses off the letter T will say it all.
A writer who crosses with a short line allows all to see their lazy streak, whilst one using a longer strike oozes determination. The forever optimist will also cross the T at the very top, with the most comfortable and secure souls crossing around midway.
Representing the writer's ego, the positioning of the dot that completes a lowercase I can either show a precise and exacting nature (a high dot), allow the inner procrastinator to shine through (to the left) or unearth a deluded personality (to the right)! Equally, a circle will uncover an eccentric, a childish one if the circle is large, whereas a slash represents a self-critical being.
Words and letters that slant are a direct indicator of a person's emotional response.
The further the text leans forward or to the right, the more outgoing the author is. Those with handwriting that leans back tend to be more independent and aloof, whilst the hand that writes exactly vertical on the page emanates control of their emotions, using their head rather than their heart to lead.
Quality and Clarity
The author who always writes in cursive likes to display their logical mindset – one who is headstrong and examines all options before taking any decision.
Clear and disconnected writing shows great intuition, with the author tending to act on impulse.
Even a signature can offer an insight into your personality traits, with a legible mark letting others know you are strong and confident.
Those who sign in ineligible text keep their cards close to their chest, making them hard to read and often seeking privacy. The bigger the size of the signature, the more important the person thinks they are, whereas a small (normal size as text) signature is an expression of modesty and sincerity.
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