Articles & Insights into the world of handwriting.


  • Sandra
    November 18, 2014

    As I mentioned in the article there are several signs of irritability. Can you see any other signs that support irritability?

  • Anki
    December 10, 2014

    I would appreciate an article and one more coming [if any] on why a person gains weight.I mean traits and their meaning. And how should one lose weight or inspire oneself to lose weight throught HW change

    • Sandra
      December 10, 2014

      Hi Anki
      There are no real signs in handwriting as to why someone gains weight. However a good way to become inspired to lose weight is by taking a look at the t-bar in your handwriting. If it is low on the t-stem start to raise it when next you write and give it more pressure by making it darker. This action helps you to focus on your will-power and should help to re-inforce it. Good luck and best wishes!

  • Sandra
    December 30, 2014


    July 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm | #

    Thanks for sharing this Sandra ~ isn’t it amazing how a 100+ year old image can provide the inspiration for such a thought provoking new work of creativity?
    Best wishes,

  • Graphology World
    December 30, 2014

    Parth J Dave

    July 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm | #

    Thank You for sharing this insightful piece of information, Sandra! Really found it very interesting and enlightening!!!

    Keep up with your amazing articles!


    July 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm | #

    Typically I don’t make comments on blogs, but I have to mention that this post definitely forced me to do so. Genuinely admirable article.

  • Sandra
    December 30, 2014


    January 7, 2013 at 4:55 am | #

    1.) The ballooned letter “L” small l in the word planned first line lacks closure, has high ideals which often “escape” him because he can’t reach them exactly. A giraffe can only reach for the stars just so far, or should I say reach for the trees?
    2) The hook in the small letter “h” in the word have, third line denotes acquisitiveness, acquiring things, such as a giraffe over looking a fence to reach a leaf, a bit like number one above.
    3) The infllated I’s and J’s as you point out refer to vanity, just as one might think of a stately giraffe strutting his stuff.

    Alan Levine

    January 9, 2013 at 6:35 am | #

    1. There is excessive space between the words and lines. This is consistent with an individual who requires lots of privacy, and often is a loner.

    2. The letters have a high degree of connectivity. This indicates persistence, strong focusing, and attention to detail. As you say, when he does come back down to earth he can be surprisingly meticulous and something of a nitpicker. Underlining of “1st” would also suggest that he can sometimes overemphasize the importance of elements that others would not consider particularly vital.

    3. The trizonal dynamics are out of balance, just like his point of view. The upper zone is too high and bloated, the middle zone too small and tight, and most of the lower zone too tight. He relies more on his dreamy thoughts and less on strength of firm grounding and positive instinctual energies.

    4. The wavering baseline and tendency to downward alignment reveal his uncertainties, and perhaps a leaning towards depression. This would represent a conflict for him between the loftiness of his dreamy attitude and the difficulties of having to deal with most real life situations.


    January 9, 2013 at 9:36 am | #

    Donald, Stephanie, Tanialee and Alan – some good comments so far.

    Interesting how much can be extracted from a small sample of handwriting!


    January 11, 2013 at 8:17 am | #

    1. T-bars mostly left of stem so he is a procrastinator who can work to a deadline but waits until the last minute so has to really pay attention to detail and usually messes up.
    2. Points at top of letters such as d, h, l, t shows he thinks someone is criticizing him and he goes on the defensive.
    3. Few ending strokes so he is very abrupt. That’s it I’m done go away don’t bother me.


    February 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm | #

    Thank you so much for utilizing time to post “The Giraffe Personality | Graphology World”.

    Thanks yet again -Keenan


    March 18, 2013 at 11:50 pm | #

    “The Giraffe Personality at Graphology World” was in fact a pretty awesome blog.

    I hope you keep writing and I am going to continue to
    keep reading! Thanks for the post, Christopher

  • Sandra
    December 30, 2014


    September 6, 2013 at 12:20 am | #

    I ‘m one of those ugly handwriters , mine is terrible, to the point that just my mom can read some of the stuff i write, luckily now days all i do is print things out. About the aspects of ugly writers I share some, I’m creative, ( love plastic arts) very independent and sometimes very different from the rest . I can’t stand limits


    September 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm | #

    Hi Kristen
    I can only sympathise! Maybe you should let them read this post!


    September 9, 2013 at 3:30 am | #

    I’ve struggled with my handwriting my entire life and it is still ugly. However, I am currently a successful professional artist. I’ve been drawing and painting obsessively since I was in middle school. I think because I am a heavily visual learner, I’ve learned to express myself through pictures rather than words and so shied away from writing. To me, drawing and writing are like using two different parts of the brain. Instead of concentrating on the appearance of the letters I’m concentrating on what I am trying to say. If I treat words like a picture I can write beautifully but it takes a very long time to write. My handwriting became a source of agony in college, when I would have to immediately type all of my notes after class so that I could read them later. However, that proved to be a valuable habit as it allowed me to retain the information by having to transcribe it and interpret the meaning of my own scribbles.


    September 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm | #

    My 10th grade English teacher told me to get calligraphy classes because he could barely understand my reports. I didn’t.
    My Arabic is actually worse, but I got no complaints in school.
    I also cannot understand anyone’s handwriting whose style differs from any printed type.
    I’m a trainee lawyer now, and I fear the day I have to read a judges handwritten ruling, which is not uncommon in Bahrain.


    September 12, 2013 at 5:04 am | #

    I’m positive kids in kindergarten have better hand writing then I do. I’ve always been better at science and I want to go on to become a physician one day. I normally just tell myself that I was born to fit the stereotype that “all doctors have bad handwriting.”
    I never thought that my insecurities could be a cause, though. Interesting.


    September 12, 2013 at 10:08 am | #

    Hi Talal
    Thank you for your comment. Your story is rather different from the usual complaints about unreadable handwriting. How interesting that you find it difficult to read individualized handwriting. Maybe you should ask the judges to type- or at least to print!


    September 12, 2013 at 10:17 am | #

    Hi Jenny
    In actual fact, not all doctors have bad handwriting – as you know. And “bad handwriting” is also not necessarily a sign of insecurity. There are so many other reasons that could range from carelessness to innovative ability or creativity. The trick is to find out which one applies to your own handwriting!

  • Sandra
    December 31, 2014


    October 18, 2013 at 2:50 am

    My handwriting is awful, but I do draw very well. It is almost as if I draw my words instead of writing them, which causes my handwriting to go everywhere and end up looking crazy.

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    October 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    My handwriting was never great. It peaked at about ten years of age, and gradually deteriorated as I went through high school, sixth form and university, as classes became more intense. Lecture notes had to be scribbled faster and faster, so aesthetics were sacrificed for speed and now ten years after graduating my handwriting is still a dreadful, inconsistent mess. I’m also pretty useless at art.

    I love creative writing though, and my trains of thought can thunder along in directions I can’t control. When I write with pen or pencil I become frustrated because it feels like my hand simply can’t keep up with my brain, so I use a word processor instead, leaving my handwriting to rot further…



    November 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I have a bad handwriting. My teacher almost failed me in the exam because he can’t understand my handwriting. Good thing he let me to rewrite it. Whenever my boyfriend reads my love letters his eyebrows always cross just trying to understand what is written. Everyone is telling me I should have taken a medical course and be a doctor because it fits with my handwriting. But even though they are having a hard time reading my handwriting they still take effort to read my comics. My hobby is to make a comics. I just love to draw.


    November 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Doris
    Even if they don’t get your handwriting they clearly love your comics and drawings. Good luck!


    November 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Badger

    Clearly there’s a creative element there! Don’t give up on it.


    November 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    ever since i was in primary school , i have been scolded and told by teachers and friends that my handwriting is very untidy, illegible.
    just not long ago, my english tutor called to tell me about my analysis test. she added by saying my handwriting was ATROCIOUS and she emphasized on that word so sharply. it hurts 🙁 i felt so guilty idk why.. i hope i am not the only one.


    November 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm | #

    Hi Yvonne

    I can sympathize as my handwriting is also far from attractive!

    I see you type without capital letters. I can only presume that you do that with your handwriting too. If so, I would suggest that in particular you should use the capital letter whenever you write the personal pronoun “I.” It’s important for confidence and self-respect.

  • Sandra
    December 31, 2014

    15 Responses to “The Need for Attention”

    Logan says:
    July 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you for a beautiful article.

    This line ~ “And sometimes if we listen very carefully, it can come to us lightly on the wings of a song.”…gave me chills.

    I find that much of my inspiration and motivation comes in the form of music, images, and words so this statement strikes a personal chord with me.

    What you say here rings so true ~ I have personally witnessed over and over again how the need for attention can manifest itself in extremely self-destructive behavior.

    I’ve seen it so many times in my own life, people I care about doing unbelievably destructive things to themselves to attract attention or to be “loved”. Risky sexual behavior, drugs, alcohol abuse are all par for the course.

    I just thank God I can be here every day for my two little girls and shower them with attention, whether they want it or not 😉

    Keep up the great work!

    Sandra says:
    July 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you, Logan. Encouraging words indeed. Makes the effort worthwhile!

    Debby Edelstein says:

    I love this article! Makes us remember that it’s about daily little steps to find our voices rather than one huge adoring crowd which seems to be the most popular current fantasy 🙂 says:

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    Hinsley says:

    Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

    Anonymous says:

    Usually I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this article really forced me to do so! Thanks, really nice article.

    Klevjer says:

    Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get something done.

    Sudhir says:

    I think graphology is a branch of psychology and can be used to detect psychological disorders. I am a graphologist and have helped teenagers through it. I use a reverse psychology of changing handwriting and personality or vice versa.

    Tattoo says:

    Excellent indeed. I have been looking for this information.

    Tarah Mauffray says:

    I agree with your thoughts here and I really love your blog! I’ve bookmarked it so that I can come back & read more in the future.

    Sandra says:

    Well, I am glad that you all seemed to have enjoyed the article. There are a lot more in the pipeline!

    Michael C. Smith says:

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    kalkulator says:

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    Micaela Ronayne says:

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  • segercrantz
    January 9, 2015

    Sandra – I feel your reaction was fine – you didn’t rise to the bait – only had a good laugh !

    • Sandra
      January 10, 2015

      Hi Ruth – I only laughed when the shock wore off!

  • Charlie Benedetti
    January 9, 2015

    I applaud you for your intelligent reply to the critic as well as your comments about ugly writing. We needn’t worry about these barking dogs who attack our profession, but welcome them, for they are valuable opportunities to sharpen our skills and stay focused upon our goal, which is to help mankind understand himself. Of all the crises in the world today — debt, war, violence, poverty…etc. — the biggest is unconsciousness. Man does not know he is a spiritual being, an immortal, and part of the Divinity itself.. And we graphologist are but one of a vast army of Lightworkers helping MAN to self-awareness.

    • Sandra
      January 10, 2015

      Thank you, Charlie. What a great comment! Your thoughts give perspective and inspiration to counteract the negativity.

  • valerie McKenna
    January 12, 2015

    That was a wonderfully intelligent response Sandra.
    Your blog was actually very balanced about ugly writing (like mine)
    I was actually quite soothed by your reasoning. ☺

    • Sandra
      January 12, 2015

      Many thanks Valerie. There’s actually quite a lot to ugly handwriting and it isn’t all bad as you can see! Some of my best friends…..!

  • Carmen Kirschling
    January 14, 2015

    Kudos for first taking a step back and then seeing the humour in it, Sandra. Putting yourself out there is, well, courageous. When you’re sharing with honesty, integrity and candour, it can be daunting to get ‘hate mail’. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and I know we can learn from others, but it takes real courage to add value to the world instead of criticism. Keep up the great blogs!

    • Sandra
      January 14, 2015

      Thank you for the encouraging words, Carmen. People like you neutralize any flack and make the effort so worthwhile!

  • Patrick Odey
    January 29, 2015

    Wonderful work. thanks. I am very intelligent by God’s grace but lack confidence in writing. Sometimes I can even write a letter or figure. What are my problems and solutions.

    • Sandra
      January 30, 2015

      Did you mean to say that sometimes you can’t write a letter or figure? And if so would this not be be related to a type of anxiety?

  • segercrantz
    January 30, 2015

    Sandra hi

    Turning to your, ‘hate mail’, people tend to condemn and judge what they don’t understand; from ancient times people have feared the different and the strange – the ‘other’ – we’re seeing xenophobic violence and hatred all over SA today, though the mainstream media has only highlighted certain key areas !

    Certainly in our remote past there was survival value in distrusting another tribe because they
    may have had, (and, probably did have,) evil intent

    I’ve been the target of many hateful remarks and actions after which I’ve had to grow a very thick skin

    • Sandra
      January 30, 2015

      Ruth, you are probably right in that it comes from a lack of understanding.

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    February 17, 2015

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  • Rif
    April 15, 2015

    Im in 8th grade right now. I recently failed on my french test because my teacher couldnt see what it said. I read all of the comments on this post and most seem to be good at drawing, Im not however but I am creative and I dont fit in very well. What should I do if im not good at drawing, How do i express myself without writing, thats what I wonder?

    • Sandra
      April 19, 2015

      Hi Rif

      Creativity comes in many different guises. You can be creative without having the ability to draw. However, it seems that you are having more of a problem with communicating.

      The purpose of writing is to communicate your thoughts. If your handwriting is not doing that for you, you need to look at it carefully and try to see how you can make it more legible. Possibly you should try to write more slowly or try to print. Or ask a teacher for help. Clearly you are able to type. Explain this to your teacher and explain that you have the knowledge but that you need some help with regard to presenting your work.

      Good luck

  • Ajit Vavhal.
    April 16, 2015

    4th one from top.

    • Sandra
      April 16, 2015

      Try again!

  • Finlay
    April 19, 2015

    Can you actually have the lion personality and not think you have a personality of a lion -_-

    • Sandra
      April 28, 2015

      I think that most people with a lion personality will realize that they are somewhat lion-like!

    April 21, 2015

    the 5th one

    • Sandra
      April 22, 2015

      Afraid not! If you’d like my free report with the answer and explanations I’ll be happy to send it to you. Just let me know.

  • Earl Raff
    April 27, 2015

    Nice description of home mouse personality. Small down Slant on the T cross .

    • Sandra
      April 27, 2015

      Good observation, Earl. Those t-strokes are quite telling of the mouse personality.

  • Duck
    May 12, 2015

    Handwriting is just an archaic skill I never cared enough to pick up, it doesn’t say anything about me besides that I prefer to type.

  • Brenda
    May 13, 2015

    I think the one in the middle.

    • Sandra
      May 13, 2015

      Hi Brenda
      I’ll be sending you the answer by way of a free report showing the handwritings of some geniuses plus the writing of the murderer. It includes an analysis of each sample so you should find it interesting.

      In fact if anyone else would like this report just contact me and I’ll forward it with pleasure.

  • Emma
    May 17, 2015

    Yes, I wondered about the amphetamine factor while reading another analysis of this letter. He was on various “downers” as well, but the semi-delusional grandiosity that led to this extremely impulsive trip to Washington and the compelling need to meet with the president in order to convince him to make him some sort of secret agent, seems more like the kind of behavior associated with amphetamine use, rather than sedatives or strong pain killers. My layperson’s feeling is that much insight about his non-drug-altered traits can be gleaned from this sample, BUT that you are correct: To have any hope of responibly separating what is caused or exaggerated by the influence of drugs, from what might be his “clean” personality, a pre-army sample would be necessary, as well as, I think, post-army samples during times when he was either taking smaller amounts of the amphetamines and other drugs, or they were not yet affecting him as dramatically as they were here. I’m glad you’ve pointed this out, as so many believe his drug difficulties did not begin until later than the date of this sample. Analyzing another person’s life is a great responsibility and should be done with great care.

    • Sandra
      May 17, 2015

      HI Emma
      Thank you for your well-considered comments. You have raised some interesting points.

  • Sibulele
    May 28, 2015

    I have terrible inconsistent writing, it can look like something was written by different people on different parts of a page. A friend in high school once described it as “looking like a drunk spider was dipped in ink and tap danced on the page”. I don’t care what anyone thinks anymore, I won’t apologize for being me and my handwriting is part of that.

  • deasisaragih
    June 2, 2015

    Nice article 😀

  • Jenn
    June 6, 2015

    I’m still learning graphology, but I definitely agree with your assessment of Chopin.

    • Sandra
      June 7, 2015

      Thank you, Jenn. Good to hear from you

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  • Gaz
    August 27, 2015

    Very interesting read. The term personality and the idea of masking with false identity is currently prevalent in my mind due to particular circumstances I’ve faced this year. I most certainly agree that people hide behind ‘masks’ intentionally however I do strongly believe this can happen unintentionally also, as I have found. I do have a question – whilst graphology can decipher certain personality traits through unconscious writings, can people intentionally or unintentionally write in a way that does not represent their correct personality? Like a ‘masked’ handwriting?

    • Sandra
      August 27, 2015

      Hi Gaz

      Thank you for your comment which is very relevant. As for your question – yes it is possible to mask your handwriting – many people have done so – just think of forgers! But the reality is that they will not be able to continue masking their handwriting for very long. As soon as they lose focus and stop concentrating on faking their handwriting it will automatically revert to their normal style of writing. You can only consciously mask your writing for a limited time.

      In fact, many graphologists when analysing someone’s handwriting will discard the first page of a handwriting sample and work on the second or third page because the first page will be more studied and affected.

  • Gaz
    August 27, 2015

    Sandra, thank you for answering my original question. I’m not being flippant, I’m basing this on myself, I guess. When I write I have many styles of handwriting that, I think, is primarily based on who I’m writing to. It’s not a conscious decision as i’m only just realising. It’s not so much forgery by trying to be perceived as something i’m not – as it is more regard to the recipient. Even when I look back over notes and general scribbles there’s irregularity and all sorts of styling. (I’m guessing this says a lot about my personality!)

    • Sandra
      August 27, 2015

      Hi Gaz
      The interesting thing about handwriting is that not only does it reveal aspects of our personalities, it also reflects our moods and emotions. When we are tense or relaxed our handwriting reflects this. When we write to friends the handwriting is open and relaxed. But when writing under strained conditions, the writing reflects this too.

      The other day, I signed a receipt for a parcel while I was feeling uptight – I didn’t recognize my own handwriting it was so scrunched up! So yes, your handwriting can certainly change depending on the person you are writing to. Handwriting is a sensitive barometer.

  • Donna
    September 7, 2015

    I’m definitely independent. Problem is people often mistake my bad handwriting for being uneducated or stupid. I’m no genius but sometimes being underestimated is a beautiful thing. Sometimes. Curious though, I write better with pencil, calligraphy and fine-point pens so maybe there is some mechanical issue with me also.

  • Dreaming Blog
    October 5, 2015

    I hate to say this post is dead on. I have horrible handwriting. I have low self esteem, can get upset easily, etc. I try to avoid writing whenever possible though.

    • Sandra
      October 6, 2015

      There are often good things to be found in a handwriting even when you think it’s horrible.

  • laughterunique
    February 20, 2016

    I think I am, I do not fear, I sit in the sun and observe. I am not afraid to think my own thoughts and to live on my own thoughts, if needed I will shout/roar what I think.

  • Cassie
    March 6, 2016

    I have bad wrtting and it lowers my self-eesteem when people talks about it. So all I do now is print. Yet despite of my bad hand-writting my teachers and friends said I’m talented at writting stories, essays and drawing. so don’t be judgemental to us we are trying our best.

    • Sandra
      March 6, 2016

      Cassie, there is often an element of creativity in ugly handwriting because it shows some type of individuality. Focus on following your dreams and your handwriting will mature and take care of itself.

  • Jordan
    March 12, 2016

    I think bad handwriting means you read by shape not by text, maybe hinting that your thought process is different to the standard person – maybe it could also mean that you are lazy and rush things?

  • An Huynh
    March 24, 2016

    I am natural mirror-writing, left handed 🙂 recently i do some research about my case and found this. Interesting article, thanks for sharing.

    • Sandra
      March 24, 2016

      Hi An
      Thank you for commenting. How interesting that you are able to do mirror writing naturally! Check out the other articles on Da vinci and his handwriting

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  • kategladstone
    April 15, 2016

    I have a question about t-bar height. When a t-bar is 95% of the way up the top of the stem, while the stem itself is short enough that this t-bar is at the top of the middle zone, how is this evaluated (as a low t-bar or a high one), and how is it known that this evaluation is correct?

    • Sandra
      April 16, 2016

      Hi Kate
      So much depends on the appearance of the handwriting as a whole. Factors that should be weighed are depth of stroke, slant, and even width and height of the middle zone. A t-bar on its own says precious little. But that being said, I would suggest that the t-bar you mentioned is neither high nor low but moderate.

  • kategladstone
    April 15, 2016

    What did her handwriting look like after she was taken to the palace?

    • Sandra
      April 16, 2016

      Hi Kate

      Good question. After a year or two Cinderella’s handwriting has become a little darker and larger as her confidence has grown somewhat. But there’s a new downward slant because life at the castle is not all it was cracked up to be. In fact she feels even more isolated than before as there is absolutely no privacy.

      Gaps between words have increased and the slight leftward trend to her handwriting is more marked– there are times she would like a little time off from social duties which are simply not her thing.

      Her self-esteem is still at a low ebb and she wishes she could assert herself with the cook but she simply cannot pluck up enough courage.

      Real change will take much more time and effort. But then, does she want to change?

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  • Lynn
    May 15, 2016

    My handwriting in print form is not what one would call beautiful. It’s more of a glorious mess no matter how hard I try to make it beautiful and elegant,like I’d like it to be. However,I definitely am one of those people who likes to be my own self and not who or what society/other people,think I should be. I have found that most people don’t like that about me any more than they like my so-called handwriting…but I wouldn’t change who I am for anything,so maybe I should stop trying to write like someone I’m not,as well. (:

    • Sandra
      May 16, 2016

      Stay true to the real you and your handwriting will do you credit!

  • Kevin
    May 23, 2016

    This piece is so interesting. I research on handwriting, and i have never thought of analyzing such a famous psychopath’s letter. I have previously researched the handwritings of psychopaths. It’s interesting, some have a very beautiful handwriting. I know a guy working in a PI who analyses the signatures and document authenticity. He says even a signature can say a lot about a person’s character.

    • Sandra Fisher
      May 23, 2016

      Hi Kevin
      This is a particularly ugly handwriting of a very low-down, despicable individual. But you are correct – there are also psychopaths who have “normal” looking handwriting and you have to look a lot deeper to find the reasons for the mask that they use as a cover.

  • pat johnson
    June 17, 2016

    You’re wrong! I use circles for “i” dots, have larger capital letters, and underscore my signature, but everybody who knows me will tell you that I’m the last person who cries out for attention. As a matter of fact, I don’t even have a Facebook page. I have no phone (cell phone or land line) listed in my real name, I avoid parties and crowds. I LOVE my anonymity. When talking to people, I let the other person tell me about themselves – and people are eager to bore others with self-talk – but I rarely give out person information about myself. Besides, I’ve always read that an underlined signature indicates self-confidence.

    • Sandra Fisher
      June 19, 2016

      Hi Pat
      Thank you for your thoughtful comments which merit an explanation. You are clearly not a candidate for “the need for attention.” But I’m glad to have the opportunity to explain something about handwriting analysis that is often misunderstood.

      You see, the few indicators that I listed are just that – a list. You can’t simply cherry pick a few signs and infer that they add up to a particular syndrome – in this case – the need for attention.

      The signs you mentioned are clearly out of context with regard to your own handwriting. I haven’t seen your handwriting but there are obviously other factors to take into consideration that would rule out this particular trait. And that is the essential point.

      In analysing handwriting we deal with combinations of supporting signs as well as negating signs and all these have to be taken into consideration and weighed against each other so that they end up making a meaningful contribution to the final assessment.

      For example, presuming that your handwriting is small or leaning to the left or widely spaced, or shows a decreasing margin or in fact any number of other possibilities; it would immediately change the final result.

      So the list of signs in my brief article is simply a glimpse at a few indicators to give you a taste of what is involved. But you cannot use them in isolation without an understanding of the whole process.

      I hope that this adds a little more clarity to my article. But what I particularly want to emphasise is that handwriting analysis is a much deeper study than would at first appear.

      So are we still friends? ☺

  • sahar
    August 11, 2016

    i have a very bad hand writing but u will be shocked to know that i am very good at calligraphy.Usually teachers or staff take my help to write in calligraphy on certificates but when i write normally or on notebooks or during exams,i can’t do calligraphy at that time as it takes time and patience – so my normal handwriting is very very bad.i m also confused.can u explain about this..and as u told that ugly hand writing people are creative and yes i m good at drawing, painting,and art and craft and also a ranker.and i had chosen the creative field also..ARCHITECTURE

  • Dustin
    August 25, 2016

    Interesting read. I have an unorthodox pen grip (thumb wrap quad grip) and form there researched neatness and came across this post.

    I always found it strange that I have messy writing/printing. I mean, it’s not too bad… However, I’m a very artistic person and I’m a writer. I have excellent hand eye coordination, am skilled and painting and drawing, and I have a real appreciation for aesthetics. I seem like a perfect candidate for neat writing lol. Alas, I can’t make it pretty. My style is always changing too which is a quark of mine. I find new more interesting ways to write a letter or word and slowly switch to that style.

    Anyway, thank god for typing! Haha…

    Artistic, physically coordinated writer… Messy writing. Seems like a cruel joke from above =p

    Thanks for the read! I enjoyed it.

  • Carole Ann Rule
    September 22, 2016

    These signatures are old and I would like to see something since Hillary’s concussion etc but there also is something about the disconnect of the 2 sides of her initials but it escapes me. The small i’s and the looped D indicate she is not as confident as she acts. She worries who is talking about her and what is being said. While the l is almost too much imagination and she writing tends to fly off the baseline of reality.
    As for Donald you can see energy, speed, quick changes of direction of thought. The mirrored a and o indicate appearances are of importance to him and as the shark teeth appearance of his signature he will come out on top of a deal more often than not..

  • Michael
    September 30, 2016

    Hi I have always had very bad handwriting but for awhile I took up calligraphy and was decent at it, I suppose the reasoning behind this is because im really good at art, drawing, sculpting and I think a lot, what I mean by that is im really into philosophy, debate topics, science, mystery school teachings, open minded things technically im a free thinker and ive always kind of set myself outside of the fence while watching others have expectations of themselves and the expectations others had on them, me on the other hand I have never cared or worried about what someone would think about me other than in school how teachers would grade my messy essay. Ive been told by a psychologist that it could be that I think faster than I can write things which I have noticed that may be true because since I took computer classes I have always been very fast at typing. ive always told others to look at it in a positive way. But I still in some cases would like at least moderate hand writing because I like to write in my journal and to my wife so it would be handy to have at least decent handwriting and I still look for tips in improving.

    • Sandra Fisher
      September 30, 2016

      Hi Michael
      Thanks for describing your problem with ugly handwriting – with so many interests it does seem that your thoughts may be running away with you! Even your typed message would suggest this. I suppose you’ve tried to slow everything down a little. Maybe a return to calligraphy would help.

  • Marilyn Keeton
    October 15, 2016

    I too am a Certified Graphologist for about 30 years. Your page is marvelous can you tell me who
    designed it? I really am impressed.

  • Sandra Fisher
    November 9, 2016

    It really doesn’t matter if the signatures are old or not. It’s easy to see where the personal power lies!

  • Charles
    November 10, 2016

    Hi I have always had bad handwriting many of my classmates tried to help me but still, I have bad handwriting. I am not good at drawing in fact, I don’t draw, my drawings are very ugly but I am very good at math and physics and top in the class.

  • Leila
    March 24, 2017

    Thanks for this interesting article about graphology at school. I often look at my pupils’ handwriting – mainly because it’s so interesting, as you say here, to see the many varieties. I had a pupil recently who went through a phase of making her writing so small it could hardly be read!

    Do you think it’s possible to see things like Asperger’s Syndrome in handwriting?

    • Sandra Fisher
      March 24, 2017

      Hi Leila
      It’s so important for teachers to have some knowledge of handwriting analysis. Pupils who change their handwriting dramatically are clearly undergoing certain issues. And it’s important for a teacher to be aware of these things. A good teacher as you know can have a lasting and beneficial influence on a child’s life.

      With regard to Asperger’s Syndrome – I have no doubt that there would be certain telling signs in the handwriting. But they would be affected and influenced by the overall personality of the individual concerned.

      I invite graphologists who have had experience with this to comment and add to the conversation.

  • Prabhakarbelavadi
    April 17, 2017

    I agree with the author. Infact I guided my student to submit an MPhil. Thesis on handwriting and spectroscopy long long back. An IR spectrum is similar to a cardiogram.

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  • Charles Richardson
    May 26, 2017

    The second sample from the top appears to be that of Jack the Ripper. It has the characteristic smudgy writing of a potential killer. In addition there are lots of cover strokes, corrections, down strokes with clubs, inconsistent pressure, ink blots and many other markers of a person who is capable of brutal behavior. Interestingly, the writer is not stupid. They’re inquisitive, intelligent, tenacious and ambitious. Probably an educated man with a severe personality problem. Perhaps you would like to read my ebook, “Sinister Script, How Handwriting Exposes Evil”. You can find it on the web by simply typing in the title. All the best with your graphology presentations,
    Charles Richardson.

    • Sandra Fisher
      May 26, 2017

      Hi Charles

      You are quite correct and as you are the first person to have given the correct reply I will be sending you a copy of my book “Ugly Handwriting Secrets.”
      I hope you will find it interesting.

      Kind regards,

  • JLA
    July 4, 2017

    Have observed a similar style in at least 3 individuals (although one writer slants more to the right). Introverted, yes. Depth of thought and intellect? Not so much. The overriding trait of those individuals? They shirk from responsibility and take on only exactly what they want to – no more than that. One of those persons has a fav phrase: “it makes me nervous to do ___.” The other individuals were in positions of relative non-importance that would generate a paycheck and no real responsibility. They do adopt timidity in their approach and I get a sense of their false humility. When I see this style of handwriting it tells me that they want to “hide” and let someone else take the risks.

    • Sandra Fisher
      July 18, 2017

      Interesting observations but at the same time it’s important to recognize that absolutely everything depends on the configurations of the specific handwriting sample. Some of the handwritings that fall into this group are highly intelligent mercurial types with exceptionally energetic thinking styles. So I cannot agree with a blanket generalization in this respect.

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  • Fluffy
    October 19, 2017

    Yes, handwriting and a signature are totally different, how can you compare the two and make decisive judgements based on that comparison?

  • Sandra Fisher
    October 19, 2017

    A discrepancy between the handwriting and signature is quite significant. The signature shows how the writer would like to present himself while the handwriting reveals what the writer is really like.

  • afsd
    January 12, 2018

    “Picasso had an ugly handwriting and look at what happened to him!”

    Wasn’t he depressed at some point?

    • Sandra Fisher
      January 15, 2018

      Yes he was but he overcame it with his forceful personality and his profound originality which found expression in his art.

  • Misty
    January 12, 2018

    I’m a special education teacher with bad handwriting. It negatively effects my self-esteem. I’d really like to find a support group and or some help with it.

  • Nelson Dotsey
    January 15, 2018

    Sandra, you’re touching lives.Good job

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  • shoshanah2017
    January 28, 2018

    Thanks for sharing this. I am fascinated to learn of a day specifically for handwriting. It would be wonderful to share this with the schools.

    I wrote an article some time ago about the importance of handwriting and the risk of it disappearing as schools are decreasing teaching handwriting in their curriculum.

    Thank you for highlighting the importance of handwriting from another perspective.

  • Sandra Fisher
    January 28, 2018

    Hi Shoshanah

    As you rightly point out, there are different perspectives to handwriting and it’s a real pity that schools have been neglecting it and failing to recognize its importance – particularly when it plays such a significant role in learning.

    But recently there have been promising signs that handwriting is slowly gaining more recognition from the powers that be in the teaching and education professions. There’s even a slow return to cursive handwriting.

  • Madhavi tiwari
    January 29, 2018

    For two months I was trying to write with left and now I can write with both hands including mirror.

  • Rob Taylor
    February 6, 2018

    This helped a little; Some people hold a pen between the first and second finger. I tried this and to my surprise saw improvement. Might be partly due to changed focus. Also, my hand felt less strained. I’ve always wondered if hard worked hands is an issue.


    • Sandra Fisher
      February 7, 2018

      Hi Rob
      It is possible, I think, for hard-worked hands to have an effect on the handwriting. If one is accustomed to doing heavy work with one’s hands it is likely that there would be a little difficulty adjusting to finer work such as handwriting.

  • Anthro
    May 5, 2018

    Hmm I have a bad handwriting also but I am an artist with a keen eye for detail And I noticed here that many comments reveal an artistic sensibility. The link between these two characteristics is thus certain

  • Carole Ann Rule
    May 14, 2018

    Well said, Sandra. For one thing anyone who has accomplished all he has in his life has to have the arrogance etc that many consider negative. But, the paragraph on the positive side fits even better what we have seen since he became President. He is NOT a politician and this is part of what we see in his writing but a man who sees a problem and goes to work to correct it. He must find to slowness of government mechinations so frustrating.

    • Sandra Fisher
      May 14, 2018

      Hi Carole – Interesting observation. The problem with analyzing a celebrity’s handwriting is that it’s far too easy to read into the writing what you know from the media and/or hearsay. It’s my opinion that a graphologist should start every analysis with a tabula rasa or a clean slate. Not easy of course!

  • J Christopher
    May 17, 2018

    I find it interesting how the extremities of his signature have many spear-points to them, but in the centre there are rounded closed pockets. That would indicate a certain protectiveness over that which he loves, and that the aggressiveness that he has displayed to the media is not indicative of his innermost feelings.

    • Sandra Fisher
      May 17, 2018

      J. Christopher – Interesting thought though I don’t see any roundedness. But aggression does appear in his handwriting as a strong and dominant trait.

  • bhupesh
    May 17, 2018

    i have came across DT signature where in middle zone prominent. This signature is totally different grapho traits.. as far as middle zone is concern.

  • bhupesh
    May 17, 2018

    T cross bar is major leadership trait surprisingly it is missing …

  • Karen Hughes
    May 17, 2018

    Sandra, you are a breath of fresh air amid all the hoop-lah! I am definitely not an expert, but my understanding is that the real person is in the everyday handwriting of the author – the signature is the person he or she wants others to see. At first glimpse of the signature, this person seems to be organized in his thinking, knows what he stands for, and exhibits traits of marked genius. He gravitates toward people, loves a good debate, and has good communication skills. As you say, it seems to be written with a felt-tip, so it would be difficult even on close examination to determine the amount of emotion involved that would have an effect on the traits, but even so, the sharp, evenly spaced strokes, the level baseline, indicate a loyal, persistent, inquisitive, decisive person who will not give up until he finds answers. Continually moving forward – perhaps like a steamroller. This person’s last name seems to be important to him, and I find particularly interesting the way the middle initial is ‘hidden’ or ‘protected’ – what are your thoughts on this?

    • Sandra Fisher
      May 17, 2018

      Hi Karen
      I’m happy to hear from you as always and thank you for the vote of confidence. I agree with much of your assessment on Trump’s handwriting. There are strong signs of determination and intelligence (I don’t know about genius but he has a very investigative mind.) Then again there are also strong mitigating signs such as irritation, a lot of impatience and as I mentioned before in one of these comments, decided aggression. And may I add bull-headedness just to round things up! Your steamroller comment is spot on. This is just to balance everything out as he is a very complex character. As you know, it’s so important to look at all aspects in order to reach an unbiased and impartial view.

  • Linda Lee
    July 22, 2018

    Your signature is your badge to the world. Yes, how you want the world to see you. I would like to see his regular writing as yes, the t-bar is missing here or perhaps it is a reflection in this signature of how he wants the world to see him too? Much determination and analytical indications and then tee pee formations indicative of stubbornness. The last p so probing into the upper zone…loves to debate.

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  • Terry Adams
    November 13, 2018

    You don’t go into enough detail to explain where you’re getting all this evidence of the writer’s personality traits. What about resentment? Doesn’t the abrupt beginning of each word indicate that? What about the loops drawn inside the letter “p” in ” paper” and “A” in “Anyway” indicate something? And what about the heart-shaped “o” in “o.k.” ? The “i” dots look like quick jabs – – – doesn’t that indicate irritability? If you’re going to teach – – – – TEACH !

    • Sandra Fisher
      November 13, 2018

      Dear Terry

      Thank you for your interest in my blog post. I can see that you are frustrated so I will try to explain.

      Firstly this post is part of a new series of mini-posts under the umbrella “Graphology Gems.” The title of the post is specific – it’s all about imagination in handwriting – nothing more.

      It was not my intention to discuss all this writer’s personality traits. If I were to go into all the aspects that are discernable in this handwriting it would take me several pages – and this was not the purpose of the post.

      However, because you mentioned certain items that you would like me to enlarge on I will be happy to help you.

      Firstly, there is no resentment in this handwriting. The “abrupt” beginnings that you refer to are an indication of mature thinking and getting down to the job without preamble.
      There is one small stroke evident in the lead-in stroke of the “l” in the word “looking” which could mistakenly be construed as resentment but it is too lightly drawn to be anything remotely connected to resentment! Not only that, a resentment stroke starts well below the baseline and we would need to see several more of them.

      With regard to the loops that you referred to – I mentioned in the article above that “the large loops, easy sweep and bubbly quality of the handwriting reveal the innovative and original outlook of an artist.”

      Besides, a graphologist should never use a single sign as indicative of a personality feature. We always need corroborating indicators or at least several repetitions of a sign to validate our assessments.

      This also applies to the heart-shaped “o” that you mentioned. Only if it were to be repeated regularly in the sample – would we take note of it.

      Most of the dots are round – and here we have to look at punctuation marks too. And as the overall trend is towards roundedness we have to take this into consideration too while discounting the isolated example of a quick jab. So again the correct interpretation would not be to imply irritability. And furthermore, the roundedness of the handwriting as a whole reduces the possibility of irritability.

      And finally, as I mentioned, the intention of this post was not to teach handwriting analysis in general but to point out the presence of imagination.

      Sandra Fisher

  • Ravindra Junagade
    November 14, 2018

    Nicely explained about imagination. And I would say that this writing suggests a creative person where there is a balance in imaginative tendency and realization of practical aspects of life.

    In imagination one does not think whether it is real or unreal. If it is only imagination – totally disconnected from practical, ground reality then it falls short of that connection, that transformation, where unreal becomes real! Creativity is linking of this imagination to the present state of ground reality. If one is thinking of only ground reality, then no creativity will come and if one is only imagining, then, too, there is no creativity. A balance is needed.

    • Sandra Fisher
      November 14, 2018

      Hi Ravindra
      Thank you for your well considered interesting thoughts about imagination and creativity.

  • Ravindra Junagade
    November 14, 2018

    I fully agree with the conclusions. The writer will be very cautious in moving forward in life. He is likely to proceed for any activity after considering all pros and cons as well as planning each step. Naturally such person will be always stressed and if anything goes wrong due to any unforeseen situation, he is likely to get upset.

  • Sandra Fisher
    November 15, 2018

    Hi Ravindra

    Your comments are to the point. This person will indeed be very cautious. The problem is that the handwriting shows so much introversion that one wonders if he would ever be able to leave the tight bud stage!

    The handwriting is very closed and the tiny size makes matters even more difficult for him to come out of his shell. Also the wide spaces between the words shows that he feels isolated. You are quite right to point out that he often feels stressed!

  • Karen Vanderpan
    November 15, 2018

    Love your blog!

  • Jordan
    November 20, 2018

    One of the more amazing handwriting samples I’ve seen.

    • Sandra Fisher
      November 21, 2018

      It really is a wonderful example of imaginative thinking!

  • Charlie benedetti
    November 28, 2018

    In his day people used inflexible quill and steel dip pens which accounts for much of his chicken scratchiness . And cubism doesn’t appear only in the letter “a”, but throughout, which also reflects the writing instrument used. . For his signature it’s obvious that he dipped deeper into the ink bottle
    His personal life must have been so unpredictable as to drive people nuts. Women probably found him intolerable to live with.

    • Sandra Fisher
      November 28, 2018

      The signature was probably done with a paint brush. And yes, he probably did drive people nuts!

  • Carole
    November 29, 2018

    I love your new series! A fun, easy read that is enlightening and interesting. Thanks so much for sharing!

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