How Handwriting Determines Personality

Written by: Kim Kunaawathy


Writing is something we do almost every day, from jotting down ideas and notes, to constructing to-do lists. But, did you know, you can analyse handwriting, and it can reveal part of your personality? 

Let’s take a quick look at types of handwriting: 

Space between each word 

If you are one who leaves wide gaps between words, then you enjoy freedom and independence. On the other hand, those who squeeze or cramp their words together seem to prefer the company of others. If your sentences are entirely mashed together without much gaps, a handwriting study says that you might be intrusive, or tend to crowd around people.  


Pen pressure 

Although very intense pen pressure can mean stress and frustration, relatively heavy pressure is a sign of dedication. Soft pressure suggests that you are empathetic and sensitive, sometimes lacking vitality. There’s a straightforward way of evaluating a person’s pen pressure when writing. Simply take a note or paper and run your palm over the back part of the paper. If you don’t feel much, that means you’re dealing with someone who has low handwriting pressure.


Your handwriting may reveal your future job 

In Europe, handwriting analysis is used as a technique during recruiting process. It shows what kind of job suits you, simply by identifying your handwriting. Elaine Charal has been analysing handwriting since 1978. People who cross right in the middle are clear-headed types who set realistic targets. If the cross is higher on the stem, you are normally ambitious and someone who likes to sacrifice your pursuits to help others instead. But of course, this analysis has limitations since most of us nowadays prefer the Times New Roman font over pen and paper. 


Size Matters 

People with tiny handwriting could thrive in fields like accounting. Charal  recalls a customer with enormous handwriting and a big personality. She explains, “That meant he was a people person, big-picture focused, the kind of guy who just shone when he enters a room.”  




Do you tend to slant your writing to the left? If you answered yes, you are an introvert who prefers to be alone. Slanting to the right however doesn’t mean you’re an extrovert. People with right-slanting handwriting are more artistic. Straight handwriting indicates a person’s practical behaviour. They are socially intelligent and well-balanced. 

Now that you know they types of handwriting, let’s see how handwriting impacts academic performances. In this day and age, with everything going digital and becoming innovative, there is no argument that typing is better than writing. However, this has a disadvantage. 

According to an article, research has found that handwork will improve as students advance through education. Other studies have shown that good handwriting skills improve students’ self-esteem, which improves their academic success. We remember the detail even more than we do when we type on a keyboard.  

An article on graphologyworld says, people with inconsistent handwriting are emotionally unpredictable, and their handwriting can reveal a lack of stability or even a bad temper. On a positive note, this kind of writer is an independent thinker, and is often described as individualistic. You’ll find that this writer doesn’t necessarily conform to societal norms. Uneven handwriting is often associated with having a vivid imagination. Many poets, publishers, and journalists have handwriting that slant in all directions. 

Having gone through the above, you no longer have to bury your head in thick and complex psychology books to figure someone out. Just examine their handwriting, and you might understand the person you are dealing with.