Some believe that graphology – handwriting analysis – can provide valuable insights into someone's character...

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Can handwriting analysis provide insights into a person’s personality, helping with recruitment, security checks, personality profiling, historical profiling, child guidance and forensic analysis?

Graphologists say it can. They analyse the movement, spacing and form of writing, and convert that analysis into a psychological interpretation.

While we were all taught how to write at school, we’ve all developed our own particular ‘signature’ style… What do you think of these graphology analyses? Are they accurate? Does our handwriting really reflect our personality?

Size

Small: you’re studious, meticulous or shy.

Average-sized: you’re well-adapted and adjustable.

Large: You’re outspoken and people-orientated – or, you put on a front to make it look like you’re full of confidence. You also need your freedom!

Spacing

Narrow spacing: you hate to be alone, and can crowd people.

Wide spacing: you’re organised and are a good communicator.

Slant

Upright letters that don’t slant: you’re practical, and don’t let emotions get to you.

Left-slant: you keep yourself to yourself.

Right-slant: you’re open-minded and love meeting new people.

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Style

Pointy letters: signify aggression, intensity and intelligence.

Looping Ls: Spontaneous, self-expression.

‘Dot your Is’

High dots over Is: Imaginative.

Slashed dots over Is: self-critical

Dots to the left of the I: a procrastinator

Dots to the right of the I: organised and emphatic

Crosses

A long cross over your T: enthusiastic, stubborn, determined

A short cross over your T: lazy, lack of determination

Crossing the T in the middle: confidence

Crossing the T at the top: High self-esteem

Signature

Illegible? You’re private and hard to read. Legible? You don’t need to pretend to be something you’re not.

Lying?

If handwriting is bunched up and different to the rest of the text, it’s probably conveying a lie.

Pressure

Heavy pressure shows commitment and taking everything seriously, as well as being defensive. Light pressure? Sensitivity and empathy, but also a lack of ‘oomph’.

Speed

Speedy writers can be impatient and dislike time wasters, while slow writers are more organised and self-reliant.

Killer words…

Serial killers (invariably male, although not always) very often share similar backgrounds and personalities – a fractured, even abusive childhood, a difficult relationship with the mother, a tendency to torture animals in childhood, delusions of grandeur, a sociopathic inability to feel empathy or remorse for their actions in later life and lack of conscience, a fascination with death, extreme manipulation, combined with a seemingly community-minded, captivatingly, charming, polite exterior… But does their handwriting tie them together, too?

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

Some believe the following traits in handwriting can help identify a serial killer: Narrowness, strong pressure, strange ending of letters, rigidity, twisted or deformed letters – created by the subject – large lower loops and needle-point lines.

How do you think these serial killer writing samples match up?

Find out more about graphology at the British Institute Of Graphologists.