Your handwriting reveals much more than you might imagine. In fact, experts say how you write can indicate more than 5,000 different personality traits.
While the information provided below is a basic overview—it won't apply to everyone in every situation—these factors can show you aspects about yourself that you may not have considered before.
In honor of National Handwriting Day (January 23), we recommend you take a minute to analyze your handwriting. Simply write out this sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Then, keep reading to see what your handwriting says about you.
Size of Your Letters
- Large letters: You are outgoing, people-oriented, outspoken, and love attention. This can also mean that you put up a front and pretend to have a lot of confidence.
- Average letters: You are well-adjusted and adaptable.
- Small letters: You are shy or withdrawn, studios, concentrated, and meticulous.
Spacing between Words
- Wide spacing: You enjoy your freedom and don’t like to be overwhelmed or crowded.
- Narrow spacing: You can’t stand to be alone. You tend to crowd people and be intrusive.
- No slant: You don’t let your emotions get the best of you. You tend to be logical and practical.
- Slants to the right: You are open to new experiences and enjoy meeting new people.
- Slants to the left: You tend to keep to yourself and generally like to work behind the scenes. If you are right-handed and your handwriting slants to the left, you may be expressing rebellion.
Shape of Letters
- Rounded letters: You are creative and artistic.
- Pointed letters: You are more aggressive, intense, very intelligent, and curious.
- Connected letters: You are logical, systematic, and make decisions carefully.
- Narrow L loops: You may be restricting yourself, which could lead to feelings of tension.
- Wide L loops: You’re relaxed and spontaneous, self-expression comes easily to you.
- Narrow e loops: You tend to be skeptical of others; you tend not to be swayed by the emotions of others.
- Wide e loops: You are open minded and enjoy trying new experiences.
Dotting Your I
- Dot high over the i: You have a great imagination.
- Slashing your i: Overly self-critical, don’t have a lot of patience for inadequacy or people that don’t learn from their mistakes.
- Circle your i: Visionary, child-like.
- Dot right over the i: You are detail-oriented, organized, and emphatic in what you say or do.
Crossing Your T
- Very top of T: You’re ambitious, optimistic, and have good self-esteem.
- Right in the middle: You are confident and feel comfortable in your own skin.
- Long crosses: You are very determined and enthusiastic. However, you tend to be stubborn and have a hard time letting things go.
- Short crosses: You tend to be lazy and show lack of determination.
Open and Closed O
- Open: You are talkative, social, able to express your feelings, have little secrecy.
- Closed: You are private, limited to sharing your personal feelings, introvert.
Lowercase cursive S
- Round lowercase cursive s: You are a people pleaser and tend to avoid confrontation.
- Pointy lowercase cursive s: You enjoy learning new things. You are inquisitive and ambitious.
- Wide towards the bottom: You might not be following your heart in your career or other pursuits.
- Left-hand margin: You tend to live in the past and have a hard time letting go of things
- Write all over the page: You can’t sit still or relax. Your mind is constantly running.
- Right-hand margin: You fear the unknown; you constantly worry about the future.
- Heavy pressure: You are good with commitment and taking things seriously. If the pressure is excessively heavy, you tend to be uptight and can react quickly to criticism.
- Light Pressure: You are sensitive and show empathy to people, but you also have lack of vitality.
- If you write quickly: You are impatient, dislike delays, or time wasters.
- If you write slowly: You are more organized, methodical, and self-reliant.
- Not legible: You are very private, hard to read or understand.
- Legible: You are confident and comfortable in your own skin; you don’t need to pretend you’re something you’re not.
Handwriting that is bunched up, moved out of alignment, or otherwise different from the rest of the writing indicates a lie.
Writing I to refer to yourself
- People who make the capital I (to refer to themselves) larger than other capital letters tend to be arrogant.
- People who make their capital I (to refer to themselves) smaller than other capital letters tend to be happy with themselves.
- Handwriting with heavy pressure: Where the writing appears dark or shows through to the back of the paper indicates high levels of energy.
- A light pressure indicates a lack of energy or tiredness.
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