Fundamentals of Handwriting Analysis
Handwriting analysis can be a fun hobby, but it’s also an important technique used by criminal investigators to try and understand the behavior of a suspect. Some companies use handwriting analysis during the hiring process to predict a potential employee’s personality and job suitability and future performance. Handwriting analysis, or graphology, is somewhat controversial and not presently accepted as a legal tool.
While the jury might still be out on the formal applications of handwriting analysis, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take advantage of it.
Handwriting analysis can give us an insight into a person’s behavior, state of mind and overall personality. Since handwriting analysis is not an exact science, however, it’s important to allow for variations and not to expect anything too precise.
How to Use Handwriting Analysis
Handwriting analysis looks at three major things to determine somebody’s personality: the size of their handwriting, its slant, and the pressure applied when writing. People with large handwriting are either extroverted or yearning to be noticed, while people who write small tend to be introverted and want to blend in. Practical, well-centered people write with little to no slant, while a right slant is more common in extroverted people and a left slant indicates shyness or wanting to observe, rather than participate in life and as we all know, practice writing makes perfect writing.
The pressure a person applies when writing also says a lot about their personality. The heavier the pressure used when writing, the more ambitious and determined a person is. Light or uneven pressure indicates the opposite and can also be a trait of people who have self-doubt or hidden anger. Surprisingly, experts believe the amount of pressure applied during writing can indicate the chances that a person will be successful – those using heavy pressure tend to have a lot of mental and creative energy and are well-focused on achieving their goals, so they tend to be more successful than the average person.
Other Things to Consider
Besides the three major factors mentioned before, experts look at a lot of smaller details when analyzing a person’s handwriting. For example, the shape and size of capital letters say a lot about the writer. Those who use small, narrow capital letters are modest in nature and tend to be loners. Tall and wide capital letters are a sign of extroverted people who make an impression on those around them so they are often creative in handwriting.
Here are a few more things to look out for:
- Line Spacing: Those who have closely spaced lines and letters thrive under pressure and like to be close to the action. Those who leave large empty spaces between letters or lines tend to be reflective and think long and hard before they make a decision.
- Loops: The way you write the letters “l” and “e” indicates personal beliefs. People who use a very open “l” and “e” are open-minded and able to express themselves easily. Those whose “l” is basically a line rather than a loop are feeling restricted or tense. A closed “e” indicates skepticism.
Handwriting analysis can be a useful tool to gain insight into your own personality, as well as the personalities of others.