Handwriting provides material for a study of personality just as a painting furnishes us with clues to the psychological make-up of the artist; just as, in fact everything we do or say furnishes clues to what we are.

Think what we do we write a letter. First of all, physical movement are involved in addition, attention and concentration are necessary to put our thoughts into words and express them clearly. Thus, our writing depends on the harmonious co-ordination of body and mind, a condition which varies widely in each individual.

When we are writing our letter, we exercise a variety of intellectual qualities; voluntary attention and concentration, self-expression, the ability to associate ideas and to arrange them logically. All this necessities effort and practice, and demonstrates our capacity for applying ourselves to tasks which may be indifferent.

As an act of communication, writing is part of our social relations and provides an index to our attitude to the outside world. Finally, since we add to the forms of letters learned as a child something typical of ourselves, it reveals the style we have developed as our own particular property.

Letters formed carelessly with words often illegible reveal a subconscious indifference. Flamboyant writing with many flourishes and embellishments is the hallmark of the person who “shows off”. He is demanding attention with his writing as he demands it in life. Some people frequently underline words. When this becomes a habit, it again denotes the egotist who thinks that everything he says is important.

Signs of neurotic disturbance, emotional stress, and fatigue show themselves in our hand-writing, while errors and omissions can throw a startling streotyped childish style is typical of a conventional minded timid person.

Our handwriting is part of our personality and it is impossible for us to disguise it as the forger and anonymous letter-writer discover to their cost. 


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