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What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Denise homeschooled her 4 children and has stories. She provided art lessons for many children in the homeschool community for many years.



Cursive Handwriting

I have read several places and heard people talking about the possibility of schools skipping over the teaching of cursive in school. Their thought is that people have computers and most people type homework, professional work, correspondence, etc., so cursive is not necessary. However, I think there will always be a place for handwriting.


Handwriting Analysis

Criminal analysts and Graphologists will have to analyze something else if writing is a thing of the past. For now, they can tell many things about people from their handwriting.

Many still look at graphology as pseudoscience and for really relevant today but Graphologists claim that your handwriting can reveal clues to your personality. Here are just a few of the more typical meanings of handwriting analysis.


Small handwriting is related to being studious, shy, meticulous and concentrated.


Large handwriting is connected to being an outgoing, attention-loving person.


Average handwriting is linked with being well-adjusted and adaptable.


Wide spacing between words means you enjoy your freedom. It also means that you don't typically enjoy large crowds and you don't like to be overwhelmed.

Handwriting Analysis


Narrow spacing between words means that you can't stand to be alone and you tend to crowd people.


Having rounded letters is typically related with being artistic or creative.


Having pointed letters can mean that you are intense, intelligent, curious and aggressive.

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General Handwriting Text Cues

Generally, if you write small with small looping letters, you are an introvert, preferring to keep to yourself. The smaller loops show that you are unpretentious and down to earth. If your writing is small but your signature is large and sweeping, you may be pretending to be unpretentious but really you are extroverted and confident.

If your handwriting is large with large spaces between the words, you like the out of doors and prefer elbowroom. You don’t like to be cooped up or held back. You show extrovert tendencies.

My mother writes small but has large looping and sweeping letters. She is an introvert preferring to be at home reading a book or doing her knitting. However, she is a very strong confident woman with definite opinions on many subjects. Her loops show that. Not that she is pretentious; she really is a confident person and strong-willed. It is interesting that her handwriting shows all that.

I write small and usually have small spaces between words; I’m an introvert, loving home and hearth. Don’t bother me; I’m a happy clam in my shell. However, if I’m in a hurry I can get rather sloppy with my dotting ‘I’s and ‘t’s; my handwriting tends to get larger and doesn’t always fall on the line but floats above or even below the line. This really indicates disorganization on my part. I tend to be a sloppy mess, unwilling to be tidier because it is too much work. I hate that my handwriting gives me away like that. I’m working on it.

Connected Letters


People who write with connected letters are associated with being logical and systematic.


Crossing the very top of the 'T' generally means that you have good self-esteem, are optimistic and ambitious.

Short ‘t’ crosses show a lazy, irresolute tendency, even a lack of determinations at times.


Crossing the middle of the 't' generally means that you are confident and comfortable in your own skin.

Long ‘t’ crosses generally indicate you are very purposeful and enthusiastic, even stubborn, and find it hard to let things go.

Open Letters


Leaving open letters (like not closing an 'O') typically means that you are expressive, social, and talkative.

Closed 'O'


Writing a closed letter 'O' usually means that you are a private person and an introvert, even secretive.

High Dot


If the dot on your 'i' lands high above the letter, you are considered to be imaginative.

Dotted 'i' to the left


If your dot lands to the left of the letter 'i,' then you might be a procrastinator.

Dotted 'i'


If the dot is perfectly over the 'i,' you are considered to be detail-oriented, empathetic, and organized.

Circle Dot


If the dot of your 'i' has a circle, then you are considered to be a visionary or 'child-like.

Missing Dot


Missing the dots of ‘i’ or ‘j’ indicates a carelessness in life.

If the dot looks more like a slash, then you might be overly self-critical.

Unstable Emotions


An unstable baseline indicates unstable emotions. High highs and low lows.


A vertical slant indicates a desire to control emotions. Slant that changes indicates that control of emotions is tenuous.

Vertical Slant


Print with cursive writing shows an individualistic style; not influenced by society’s norms.

Cut off end strokes


Cut off end strokes shows a selfish personality. Not very giving.

No slant usually means you are typically logical and practical, not letting your emotions get the best of you.


Slant to the right indicates you are open to new situations and meeting new people.

Slant to left


Slant to the left shows you are reserved and keep to yourself, preferring to be anonymous. Right-handed people with a left slant usually indicates rebellion.

Slant in several directions may indicate a lack of resolve and grasp on reality, even a schizophrenia.

Narrow 'l'


Narrow “l” loops indicate a tense, restrictive personality.

Wide 'l' loop


Wide “l” loops show a more relaxed and spontaneous personality, with self-assurance.

'E' Loops

Narrow “e” loops tend to indicate a skeptical person, suspicious and not swayed by others emotions.

See Kenneth above.

Wide 'e'


Wide “e” loops indicate you tend to be more open-minded and embrace new things and new experiences.

Hard to Read


Hard to Read Signature

If your signature is hard to read, it may indicate you are very private and hard to get to know or understand.


Heavy pressure shows high levels of energy and confidence.

Light Pressure


Light pressure indicates lack of energy or tiredness.

Did any of these ring true with you?



Ex-husband's Signature

I should have known. It was all over his signature. If only I had known then what I know now. My first husband was a mean brute who beat me for four years, two months and 28 days till I grabbed my baby girls and ran away. He hit me with his fist, kicked me with his steel-toed boots, whipped me with his belt, electrical cords, or anything nearby.

To this day his signature shows how sharp and unfeeling he is. He writes small but uses large loops with points at the top and bottom instead of sweeping motions. Then he underlines his name with a long straight line ending with a sharp zigzag at the end and punctuated that underlined with two sharp stabbing dots. The stabs should have told me all I needed to know about him right then and there!

Perhaps before dating again, you should check out your date’s signature. You may find all you need to know in the handwriting!

Handwriting Comments

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on March 05, 2021:

Niknil Sharma,

To be honest, I'd have to do some more research to find the answer to that. I'm not an expert but found it interesting and intriguing. The book I read was generalizing. I'm not sure about specifics like that. Thanks for commenting.



Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on March 05, 2021:

Nikhil Sharma,

I found researching this very fun. Thanks for commenting.



Nikhil Sharma from India on March 25, 2020:

I was randomly searching for this thing on HubPages and was very sure that no one will share something inclusive to the general audience for free, and that's when I found your hub. By the way, I wanted to ask what about those people who doesn't write properly the alphabet 'S'?? I mean some people didn't completely make the upper round circle of the alphabet. so what does it say about them??

Nikhil Sharma from India on March 25, 2020:

Hi Denise. Thanks for writing such an insightful article on analyzing handwriting. I always wanted to learn to recognize vartypes of people through their handwriting

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on January 29, 2016:


Thank you. I'm glad to have found the courage to get away too. Most often abusers pick people they know will not have the courage to stand up for themselves. I only wish I had found the courage earlier. Isn't it interesting how handwriting tells so much about people and their personality? Thanks for commenting.



Nicole K on January 29, 2016:

I found this article very interesting and accurate! I had a classmate who always wrote really small letters, and her handwriting was very neat. Sure enough, she was more shy and also very intelligent. My husband writes with open letters (not closing his o's or a's, etc) and generally has chicken scratch handwriting. Just as your hub said, he's very talkative and social! Sorry you went through domestic abuse-- how awful! I'm so glad you were able to take your children and get away, though! Good for you. Thanks for another great article :)

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on April 09, 2015:

kj force,

It's a shame when schools abandon something so basic and lovely as cursive handwriting. I think society will be poorer for it in the end. Thanks for visiting.



kjforce from Florida on April 09, 2015:

paintdrips...Well researched write...I agree with what you have discovered, however...I find myself when signing in cursive, depending on my mood, it varies, as to fat.skinny,close,spaced,slant R/L,pointed, far as cursive, many schools have abandoned it...

thanks for sharing...nice job

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on March 20, 2015:

Lawrence01, I hope you are right.



Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on March 20, 2015:

Personally I don't think this will ever die out. We are all individuals and even the way we print our writing is different. What may change is studies on what it tells us about the script we use in the computer. Certain types may prefer certain scripts

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on March 19, 2015:

Edward J. Palumbo,

You and I, both my friend. We are both an anachronism. I have met many of the same young people who may know how to sign their names but do little else in cursive. It is a sad thing to see something become extinct right before your eyes, like the dodo. They may be looking back at samples of such things in museums someday and wondering what it all means... like hieroglyphics. Thanks for commenting.



Ed Palumbo from Tualatin, OR on March 18, 2015:

Years ago, I applied for a security clearance and was asked to fill out some paperwork. A part of that was an answer to a simple question, "Why do you want this clearance?" and the requirement was to write my response. Very well, I wrote the answer. Weeks later, I learned my handwriting was analyzed by a graphologist and the report was shared with me - how I formed friendships, what my response to authority was, what priority financial reward had in my life, etc. The report was remarkably accurate, and I learned that my penmanship illustrated more of me as a person than I ever imagined. I received the clearance, and I do not question the validity of a graphology, but I wonder how that analysis will survive in an academic environment which seems to be forsaking cursive writing. I now encounter young adults who cannot read or write cursive; they print rapidly and they're effective at keyboarding, but are not trained in cursive writing. I write much of my personal correspondence with a fountain pen, and I'm beginning to feel like an anachronism.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on March 07, 2015:

Thank you Kristen, I appreciate it.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 07, 2015:

Pretty cool hub, Denise. Real informative on our own handwriting analysis. Very helpful and useful, too. Voted up!

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 19, 2015:

Thanks for visiting.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on February 18, 2015:

I found this interesting and accurate. Only problem is I realized why I change styles at times. Pretty revealing. Loved the hub

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 15, 2015:

Anne, I'm so glad you found this as interesting as I do. I used to practice my handwriting and my signature because I didn't want it to ever look like a "doctor's" signature. It did pay off practicing. I am much happier with my signature today.



Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 15, 2015:

DaphneDL, I think it's interesting too. Like you my style changes with my moods, so that is very telling isn't it. Maybe hundreds of years from now people will be able to tell what kind of stress we were under by analyzing our handwriting. cool thought.

Anne Harrison from Australia on February 15, 2015:

An interesting hub! I don't like my handwriting, and am always looking for styles to copy to make it more legible, yet if I write quickly my old style comes back.

Thanks for an interesting hub - makes me glad I still write letters, and lists, and keep a journal!

Daphne D. Lewis from Saint Albans, West Virginia on February 14, 2015:

Handwriting analysis has always intrigued me. I do think it's true that several samples would have to be studied to as I've noticed that while my style as to letter formation doesn't really change, my writing can be larger or smaller depending on the mood of the day. Sometimes when in a hurry, it differs from what it normally is or I'll not dot an "i" and the letters might not be as exact. The different examples you displayed were great!!

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 12, 2015:

RTalloni, you have some interesting thoughts. I don't know if there have been any such studies but it would be something interesting to look into. I do know that "I" tend to judge people on some level by their handwriting because I have read about this handwriting analysis many years ago. I know people with scattered, illegible handwriting strike me as scattered and disorganized and people with sweeping large loops strike me as sexy... maybe it's just me. For instance I love my mother's handwriting. I think she is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, inside and out, even at 83 years old.

RTalloni on February 12, 2015:

A neat read all round, and I like that you dotted the concepts with "...may indicate..." rather than taking a stereotypical approach to the topic.

Many factors can influence a person's handwriting, so I suppose that an analyst would have to draw conclusions from several samples of an individual's writing technique, including some that the subject did not know was being used for that purpose if a true assessment is to be made. I have practiced several handwriting styles just for the fun of it and wonder if I could trick a handwriting researcher! :)

I am planning to hand write two thank you notes this afternoon and I've never even met either person (yet). Since they know each other it's a temptation to use two different handwritings...but that wouldn't be nice. No, I'll use my best "real me" cursive and not confuse the relationships. :)

Now you have me wondering about this topic. Do you know if there is any research on how people who have never studied this topic respond to various handwritings? Does a person without the knowledge of what different handwritings might indicate respond on some level to the what they see without realizing what they are sensing?

Also, armed with the knowledge, I think it could be easy to stereotype people by their handwriting. Analysts might be on target, but they simple can't know all the variables that are at work in a subject's situation so it would be unfair to make a judgement without different kinds of insight into the person.

Lots to think about on this interesting topic--thanks! :)

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 12, 2015:

I remember a time when you could get awards and prizes at school for penmanship (I'm sure I just dated myself). That was a thing of the past long ago but I was so obsessed about it that I made my children all practice their handwriting/penmanship skills everyday, making big cursive 'o's and 'a's as well as the tall sweeping motion of 't's and 'h's and 'd's. It will be up to them to pass that on because I'm sure the schools won't be. Sad.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 12, 2015:

Very cool. Glad you enjoyed the information. Thanks for commenting.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on February 12, 2015:

I know at least one high school kid who can't read cursive writing. Apparently, not teaching cursive is not new. Indiana dropped the requirement in 2013. I believe there's only three states left that still require it. Still, I don't believe cursive is leaving us.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 11, 2015:

This was very interesting. I tried to see which one of the above handwriting looked like mine, but mine was so different. I would like to see what a handwriting analysis would say.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 10, 2015:

Pennyforyourthots, I found a lot of this resonated with me too. Thanks for commenting.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 08, 2015:

Black Spaniel, I appreciate the comment. Maybe you are right. There are many more forms of evaluation other than handwriting... I just found it fascinating. Thanks for visiting.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 08, 2015:

Mel Carriere, my husband doesn't write in cursive either... except his signature which is expected to be cursive. He prints everything. Just a habit I guess. Thanks for visiting.

Okwuagbala Uzochukwu Mike P from Anambra State, Nigeria on February 08, 2015:

Thanks for this piece of information. I love this.

Ethan Digby-New on February 07, 2015:

This is very interesting, and I noticed many of these things were actually true about my own handwriting and other members of my family. This was a very imaginative and researched hub, nice work.

Pennyforyourthots on February 07, 2015:

Very interesting and true as I found most points to resonate with my personality and handwriting. I, too, believe cursive and handwritten journals will still be essential. There is nothing like it. Thanks for sharing such a useful hub!

Blackspaniel1 on February 07, 2015:

Interesting. I would not use this for evaluating a person, but it could be used after an initial evaluation pointed to a problem.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on February 07, 2015:

Even before cursive I always just liked to write in regular handwriting and not in cursive, so to me it is not a bad thing that they take it out of schools. Probably a waste of time now that they are giving kids tablets to do their homework on. Very interesting analysis, although because I rarely write in cursive I really don't know how I write so I couldn't tell if any of these characteristics applied to me. Great hub!

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 05, 2015:

Vkwok, thank you. I try to stay informed. Thanks for your visit.

Victor W. Kwok from Hawaii on February 05, 2015:

You provide some really interesting information, Paintdrips.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 02, 2015:

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I enjoyed this topic myself. I'm not sure what dynamic being a lefty throws into the works but I'm sure it makes a difference.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on February 02, 2015:

Ha! Being a lefty may be the reason! Our method of writing was probably invented for right-handed people. But lefties are also creative and apart from when I write in a hurry one of the things I love to do is intricate drawings and etchings.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 02, 2015:

I´ve always been interested in handwriting analysis. I enjoyed reading all the different features used in such an analysis. This is a well-written and well-researched article. Thank you!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 02, 2015:

Interesting analysis of handwriting. Mine now is so much different from what it used to be before I broke my arm in a fall. Don't know which version is really me. Seems like something for me to research. Thanks for dealing with this topic.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 01, 2015:

Thank you so much, ladyguitarpicker. I appreciate your visit.

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on February 01, 2015:

Hi,PAINTDRIPS, I must admit I know nothing about handwriting and found this to be interesting. I am the person who writes and prints a word, it just comes natural. A very good hub. Stella

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 01, 2015:

MarieLB, I'm not sure how they do it but I guess they figure a way to read anyone's handwriting. I often wonder how they read doctor's handwriting as it is so illegible.

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on February 01, 2015:

Thank you for visiting, BlossomSB. Sorry you have had trouble with cursive. My husband is a lefty and prefers to print over writing cursive. Everyone is different I guess.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on February 01, 2015:

A very interesting hub with lots of information and useful examples. I went to an experimental primary school in university grounds and was taught to print, as my running hand was so messy. Now when I take notes I have trouble reading what I've written, so I don't think it fixed the problem! :)

MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on February 01, 2015:

This has been a very interesting read PAINTDRIPS. Handwriting Analysis is intriguing, and if well done, it is often precise.

I have been a keyboard devotee for many years, and I now find that my handwriting is far more scraggly than it had been in the past. I guess it is the result of not practicing! How does one "read" that, I wonder?

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on January 31, 2015:

I like putting pen to paper too. There's something very personal about it.

AshimaTan on January 31, 2015:

Had a great time reading it.. very interesting hub!

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on January 31, 2015:

I love to write and would change my writing style at the drop of a hat. If I saw a style that appealed to me I would adopt that style, at least for a while, including the backward slant that a lot of left-handed individuals use. I'm not sure what that says about me. I just hope that cursive writing does not disappear. I like putting pen to paper. I feel more of a connection to what I write, not type in the computer. I'm just old school.

You gave a lot of interesting information about handwriting analysis and I do think you can get a fair idea of a person's personality by looking at their handwriting. Voted up.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 31, 2015:

I like this hub, getting to know handwriting character,

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on January 30, 2015:

I agree with you, my friends. Writing is therapeutic and helps memorization process, and is more personal. Thanks for visiting.

Michael Higgins from Michigan on January 30, 2015:

Very interesting hub. This is amazingly accurate! Voted up.

Country Sunshine from Texas on January 30, 2015:

I still write many of my notes, and especially personal letters. When I need to learn something, I find that writing it down rather than typing helps in the memorization process. I've always found handwriting to be an interesting subject, and learned a lot from you article. Thanks!

Rosemary Amrhein on January 30, 2015:

I'm a strong advocate for handwritten letters and the value in cursive! Valuable hub and information. Up and beautiful. Sharing!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 30, 2015:

I have a very shy introverted son whose signature is so small you need a microscope to read it! I have a friend who is very extroverted, and she writes very large!

My own handwriting is small and very neat.

Interesting Hub, voted it UP, and shared.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 30, 2015:

Very interesting! I am a handwriting fanatic, I often surprise people when I compliment how nice their handwriting is. I like large letters and loops when signing my name. I always cross the t's too! :)

Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on January 30, 2015:

An enjoyable read! I've noticed that people with similar handwriting seem to share similar traits, so there must be something in it. My handwriting tends to look like a spider has ran across the page after being dipped in an ink pot, so thank goodness I can be neat when I type!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 30, 2015:

I think this is a fascinating subject. So it looks like I enjoy meeting new people. :) Voted up, interesting and sharing!

Denise McGill (author) from Fresno CA on January 30, 2015:

Thanks for visiting everyone. I too found it very telling that I'm a procrastinator and a little emotionally unstable. Things I meant to keep a secret come out in my handwriting. Who knew?

Anika Diaries on January 30, 2015:

Voted up! This is so interesting. I actually analyzed my handwriting for the first time in my life.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 30, 2015:

Interesting about the handwriting styles. I learned more about my handwriting. Voted up!

Buildreps from Europe on January 30, 2015:

That was very interesting to read. I learned some things about myself that seem to be correct. Thanks for this interesting and extensive Hub!

Dr.Anisha.S.K.Deepesh from THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA ,INDIA on January 30, 2015:

Paintdrips, very informative hub

Lori Colbo from United States on January 29, 2015:

Very interesting. This is weird, but my handwritting, especially my signature, has changed many times over my 58 years. I don't know why it has changed so many times, but I wonder if this is uncommon and what it means. Sometimes it's been conscious to make changes, usually slight and it always feels good to me to change it. Perhaps it indicates changes as a person, and personal growth. One bad thing is is that since I use a computer so much I rarely use cursive except for my signature. When I do use cursive it doesn't feel easy. It has become a laziness. I think cursive writing is fascinating when you compare different styles. I also notice that my mother, sisters and I all had similar writing.

Jennifer Arnett from California on January 29, 2015:

This was a very interesting read--and I feel it accurately assessed me.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 29, 2015:

Interesting hub Paintdrips. I believe you can judge a personality fairly accurately by reading the handwriting. I also write all my hubs in a notebook before transferring to a computer and I'll never stop doing that. I have always been praised for how neat my handwriting is, even though I write much less than I used to, I do take pride in that. I even do a little calligraphy now and then. I like all the examples you included. Voted up.