The study of a person’s handwriting is referred to as graphology. In graphology, the physical characteristics and patterns of handwriting are analyzed and can be used to identify the writer, his or her psychological state at the time of writing, or identifying personality characteristics.

Graphology has been practiced for hundreds of years and has been controversial for than a century. Although the study of handwriting had a lot of support before the mid-twentieth century, its validity as a tool to access job performance and personality has been rejected by more recent research, and is now considered a pseudoscience.

Graphology has been used by professional forensic scientists in court cases to link suspects with crimes using handwriting. Handwriting is particularly important in court in the cases of signatures and is used to prove whether they are real or forged. The authenticity of autographs is also verified using graphology, and some couples use it to see if they are compatible.

According to graphologists worldwide, there is a lot one can tell from the way a person writes. From personality traits like aggression and dominance to psychological conditions like schizophrenia and high blood pressure.

Anyone who can write by hand can be analyzed by graphologists. Details in how you write like how closely you space your words or the size of your letters can tell a lot intricate details about your personality.

If you are wondering what your handwriting says about you, here are some of the most common features in handwriting you can use to learn about your personality.

The Size of Letters

The letter size of your handwriting can tell if you are shy or outgoing. Compared to a sheet of paper that is standard lined, if your letters are tiny and don’t reach the top line, you are most likely to have a shy and introverted personality.

If you write in average size letters, your personality is well-adjusted and adaptable when placed in different situations. If your letters are large and reach the top line or go over it, you are likely to be confident, outgoing, people oriented, and attention seeking.

Spacing of Words

If you use small spaces to separate your words, it suggests you are an extrovert, like to be among other people and don’t like to be alone. On the other hand, if you widely space your words, it shows you like your freedom and independence, and hate being crowded.

Crossing your T’s

The length of the cross at the top of your Ts reveals more personality traits. If you cross in a long line, it shows you are purportedly enthusiastic and determined but also quite stubborn and have a difficult time letting go of things. If you are a short T-crosser, it suggests you tend to be lazy and portray the lack of determination.

If you put the cross right at the top of the T, it shows you are optimistic, ambitious and have good self-esteem. If the cross is right in the middle, you are confident and comfortable in your skin.

Dotting Your i’s

A lot is said about your personality by how you dot or don’t dot your i’s. A high placed dot suggests an imaginative personality and one that is off to the left shows you tend to procrastinate.

If you draw a circle instead of a dot then you probably possess a visionary and childlike quality, and the use of a dash is typical to those who are overly critical, don’t have much patience for people who do not learn from their mistakes or for inadequacy. If you place the dot firmly above the i, it shows you are organized, detail oriented and emphatic.

Pen Pressure

If the pressure you apply when using a pen or pencil is heavy, making your handwriting dark and thick and dent the paper, it shows that you are a committed individual and take things seriously. Excessive heavy pen pressure reveals uptight qualities, and you react quickly to criticism. Light pen pressure denotes sensitivity and empathy, but you lack vitality.

Signature

If your signature is illegible and resembles a squiggle, you tend to be private, closed, and hard to read. One that is readable shows confidence and you do not need to be something you’re not.

It is quite difficult to draw firm conclusions from the study of handwriting and its relation to personality. This is because we regularly change our handwriting in response to a change in one’s mood or different writing materials.

Have a look at your handwriting to see if you can identify any personality traits for yourself.