What does your handwriting say about you?

Yesterday I read back through some diary entries from last year. I use ‘diaries’ in the loosest possible sense of the word – unpunctuated ramblings would probably be a better description.

What struck me though was the variation in my handwriting over just the space of a week. I can remember how I felt in this particular week, and my handwriting, even without reading the words, gives you an instant picture of my frame of mind.

One entry, wich I remember writing late at night in a mild state of anxiety, is barely legible. Letters are scrawled, racing to get onto the paper, tumbling over each other to make themselves heard and getting muddled, unsure of which words they are meant to be forming.

The spaces between each word are blurred and haphazard, and the pressure is uneven – big splotches of ink in some places, faint traces of letters in others. The words themselves form nervous, short sentences, frequently stopping and starting, changing their mind and starting again. The message is clear, both visually and in the language itself – I am uncertain. I do not know how to proceed.

What does my handwriting mean?

Another entry, a few days later, is completely different. It is as though the words have said to themselves ‘right girls, we need to pull ourselves together and stand up straight. No more running about all over the place, let’s get things sorted.’

Letters are formed with slow careful strokes, like an eight year old writing in best. Many of the words are written in clear, bold print, none of the letters joined together.

The entry is less a stream of consciousness and more of a list, setting myself tasks to achieve, wanting to proves that I am in control, of my handwriting if nothing else…



  1. 9 April, 2012 / 1:20 pm

    I so rarely really write nowadays that I think my handwriting skills have all but disppeared. I would love to keep a diary but instead it just all flows onto the blog!

    • 10 April, 2012 / 6:24 am

      I DO get that – writing is harder than typing, you have to make a real effort to make everything the same font!

  2. 12 April, 2012 / 6:50 am

    My handwriting was awful until recently. I have been so used to typing that I had forgotten how to write but doing my college course has helped as I’ve had to do lots of writing. The problem I had was trying to write like I type, fast and correcting any mistakes! My writing is still messy though, like me really ! X

  3. Jack
    25 May, 2012 / 12:22 pm

    Individuals use personality testing in the interest of self-improvement, to gain a better understanding of their selves. Employers use personality testing to find qualified personnel. Psychologists use testing for personality evaluation and therapy.

    Handwriting analysis is a method of identifying, evaluating, and understanding a person’s personality through the patterns revealed by his handwriting. Whether you mind your “p”s and “q”s and dot your “i” and cross your “t”s can say a lot about how you think and behave.

    The scientific validity behind it is debatable, but handwriting analysis is still often been used as a means to determining a person’s nature and personality traits.


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