The Handwriting Challenge

In my absence, I noticed that I’d been tagged for a number of fun challenges. I’ll be doing them one by one here. The first of them is The Handwriting Challenge, for which I was tagged by Megan from Invisible World. Thanks for the tag, Megan! πŸ™‚ It’s a fun and enjoyable challenge that gives you a few questions that you have to write down the answers for, so that your readers can see your handwriting. This provided me with the perfect opportunity to talk about what I learnt in my graphology course in my final semester.

The questions in this challenge are:

  1. Write your name
  2. Write your blog’s name
  3. Write your favorite word and its definition
  4. Write something nice
  5. Write the name of your favorite song right now
  6. What are you writing with?
  7. Write a fun fact about yourself
  8. Write/draw your favorite emoticon
  9. Write a silly message
  10. Write who you’re tagging

Here are my answers (sorry if the picture is a little unclear, it’s the best I could do):

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It’s as neat as it could be given I wasn’t sitting at my desk and writing. Also, writing in cursive is how I was taught since childhood and most Indian schools teach cursive writing rather than the disjoint writing that is prevalent in other countries. For the benefit of my nominees, I’ll repeat them here:

  1. Snowanna (221B)
  2. E. E. Rawls
  3. Mahriya (My Bookish Life)
  4. Jajwalya R. K. (Light Writes)
  5. Sara Letourneau

I did promise at the beginning that I would part with the secrets about analysing handwriting in this post, but before I do, here are three things to keep in mind:

1. Handwriting changes according a person’s mood

I’m sure you’ve noticed you write differently when different emotions are running through you. Most people also find that their handwriting changes frequently, and some others find changes over a period of years. So, there is no guarantee that a trait you might observe in a sample today will be there tomorrow.

2. The point of graphology is NOT to judge others

This was a point my teacher stressed on quite often. I took up the course to understand myself better and see how I can improve myself. Even when I analyse another person’s handwriting, I do so to understand the person and in turn help them understand themselves better. Pointing out someone’s shortcomings, making fun of them, or criticising them for who they are is certainly not the goal of handwriting analysis.

3. It doesn’t matter how neat the handwriting is

A lot of people believe that a beautifully written piece must​ mean the writer is perfect. Not so. Just as we all have a range of unique personalities, so are our handwritings. Having a cramped handwriting might give a headache to those who read your reports, but perhaps it indicates you’re focussed and it’s making you good at your job. Don’t cringe at your handwriting, but be proud of it as it’s your personality on paper.

With that little preamble out of the way, let me introduce three traits to you that you can look for in your own and others’ handwriting:

1. Self-esteem and goals

Self-esteem or self-worth can be found by looking at how high people cross their t’s. If it’s very low, it indicates low self-esteem, low confidence and no long-term goals. If it is crossed at two-thirds of the stem, it indicates that the person has practical (achievable or day-to-day) goals. If a person crosses it at the tip of the stem, he/she is a visionary having long-term goals and the drive, ambition and belief in themselves to achieve them. People in leadership positions would do well to possess this trait.

2. Frankness

How well one can keep secrets is seen in their o’s. If a person writes a perfect circle for an o, they are open and honest Β bordering on bluntness at times. They have a tendency to tell the truth always and secrets spill out of them easily. The cursive o usually has a loop at the top, and people who write like that are secretive. Absence of loops indicates they can’t keep anything to themselves (a loop can be thought of as a container).

3. Individualistic

A circle for the dot on the i indicates that the person fears being ordinary. He/she likes to be treated differently from others. They have a high sense of individualism and view themselves as special or ‘one of a kind’. (Of course everyone is different, but they have a certain pride in being so.) While it may sound like a good thing, this is mostly seen in teenagers, who are developing their identity during those years. In adults, it usually indicates immaturity. Such people generally crave attention, are needy in their relationships and are easily offended if treated like a ‘commoner’.

Confession: I used to put circles over my i’s because the dots I put were hardly visible and I was told to remedy that in school. I used to be very needy and abhorred the thought of being ‘normal’.Β Since taking the course, I’ve consciously stopped using it and I can sense a positive difference in myself.

 

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What do you think about handwriting analysis? Have you ever got your handwriting analysed? Have you noticed these traits in your writing? What are your interpretations of the ones I shared? Let me know in the comments below.

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27 thoughts on “The Handwriting Challenge

  1. Wow! I LOVE your handwriting and those facts are really interesting to know! I’ll definitely be looking out for these in my writing and my friends. I actually do my O really nomal and clear and circle but I keep secrets/ t’s are nomral so I’m practical? THANKS FOR THE TAG ❀

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    • Thank you! 😁 My mom thinks it’s awful, so I really should show her your comment. πŸ˜‚
      I have a friend who has proper O’s and she does keep secrets, usually hers, and spills about other people. πŸ˜‚ But when directly asked, she tells the truth 99% of the time. Would you say you’re more honest than you are secretive? (It’s not an exact science and my own knowledge is limited.)
      You’re welcome. I’m really looking forward to your response! 😁

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  2. I also learned cursive at school but then in high school we could write however we want. My handwriting hasn’t changed much it’s still the same untidy long drawn incomplete and messy writing I’ve been using for years. I wonder what my handwriting analysis would reveal.

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  3. I love this tag! It’s so unique, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. I’ll definitely do it, though I’m not sure when. But I will!

    And I agree with Mahriya: Your handwriting is beautiful! So neat and easy to read. Simply reading the words in your photo was a joy because I liked looking at them. πŸ™‚ Also, your answer to #5 reminded me that I STILL haven’t gotten Lindsey Stirling’s latest album. I’ll have to do that soon…

    It’s funny that you asked our opinions about handwriting analysis. Not only do I agree that it can reveal a lot about your personality, but I was also reading an article about it recently to determine how I wanted a certain character’s signature to look when I was working on a scene in my new writing project. Speaking of which: I wonder what my handwriting analysis would reveal about me…

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    • Thanks for accepting! I know you’re quite busy and your current blogging schedule may not let you post this for a while, but I’m looking forward to it! πŸ™‚
      I love that track! The violin parts in that are such a delight to listen to. ❀ You can find it on YouTube and listen, of course. There’s a really nice message at the end of that video (the orchestral version).
      I’ve met so many sceptics that it’s nice to hear from someone who feels the same! From what I know, the signature is the part of ourselves that we showcase to the world and shouldn’t be analysed to understand them as a person (because we tend to hide a bit of ourselves when we face the world). It can tell you about how they want others to think about them.
      I’m sure it would reveal some wonderful things about you, such as how creative you are, how you manage so many different projects effortlessly and so on. But it can go beyond that as well. Our course also included something called graphotherapy, which is deals with changing the personality by changing one’s handwriting. It’s especially helpful for psychological issues. For example, I have mild social anxiety and a fear of crowded places. After doing that, I found I was more confident and less fearful. It is said that it can also heal physical illnesses, but I didn’t continue it for long and don’t know if it works.
      Thank you for all the nice things you said about my handwriting! πŸ™‚ It made my day. 😁

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      • ^^^ Awwwwwww. You’re very welcome!

        Regarding the Lindsey Stirling song: That’s true. There’s always YouTube. πŸ™‚

        “I’m sure it would reveal some wonderful things about you, such as how creative you are, how you manage so many different projects effortlessly and so on.”

        *blushes* Well, you’ll have to let me know your insights on that when the time comes. I actually find that my handwriting gets very sloppy at the bottom of a page, but I think it’s hard to maintain neat handwriting once you get so close to the edge of the page. Does that mean anything graphology-wise, though?

        The graphotherapy sounds really interesting, btw. I’d never heard of it before.

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      • I’d be happy to look at your handwriting and tell you. πŸ™‚ That happens to me too, but that doesn’t mean anything apart from the fact that it’s harder to keep your hand in the page towards the bottom. πŸ˜‚

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  4. I loved all the information about what handwriting means. Stuff like that is so intriguing. I knew my handwriting changed a bit depending on what mood I was in! Now I have graphology knowledge that proves it. πŸ™‚
    Your handwriting is simply gorgeous. When I see handwriting like that, I wish cursive was something that was used in school more. You pretty much stop using it in high school, and definitely never use it in college. I think most schools don’t even teach it anymore.
    Thanks for doing the challenge! And for adding all the fun facts about handwriting. πŸ™‚

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    • It was a lot of fun doing it. Definitely my pleasure! πŸ™‚ I had been meaning to discuss handwriting here and you gave me the perfect excuse to, so thank you! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the compliments! πŸ™‚ I’m feeling better about my handwriting already. πŸ˜‚ Lots of other people I’ve seen have more beautiful ones, but now I’m beginning to feel it’s not as bad as my mom says it is. πŸ˜‚
      I’m glad the info I included helped you and that you found it interesting. πŸ™‚ Mine has gradually changed over the years and very slightly varies depending on my mood. I did see the other sample that you attached and there were variations. But that means you are capable of a range of emotions and styles, which makes you flexible. I’d say that’s a good thing. πŸ™‚

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      • I’m glad my tag was able to help you out. I love when tags go with something you were thinking of doing anyway.
        It definitely isn’t as bad as your mom says. πŸ˜€
        I’m definitely capable of a range of emotions. ;P It makes me a better writer. πŸ˜€

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  5. I love everything about this post! It’s such a unique idea. I love seeing your handwriting and getting the analysis side of it. It’s something I’ve always been fascinated in but haven’t pursued.
    Thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

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  6. This is so interesting! I’ll definitely do this tag. I’ve never thought to analyze my handwriting to learn more about myself before, but now I want to. And you can gain confidence or alter things about your personality by tweaking your handwriting? That’s really cool, and useful to know. I’m glad you shared all of this fascinating info with us.
    And I agree with everyone else, your handwriting is lovely. Your ghost joke cracked me up, lol. I listened to Lindsey Sterling, love it!

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    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ Yes, it’s a really easy and fun way to get to know about yourself and overcome your weaknesses. I didn’t know what was holding me back till I learnt about all this.
      Thank you! πŸ™‚ Haha, I’m glad it made you laugh. I don’t think I’m very good at humour, so that’s something I love to hear. 😁 I love most of her songs, especially just the violin pieces. My maternal grandmother was an accomplished violinist but I never got to meet her. I feel connected with her (and my mother) every​ time I listen to the violin though. πŸ™‚

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      • Music is a beautiful way to connect with others. The violin must be very special to you. ❀
        My grandfather wasn't good at traditional musical instruments, but he did play the saw and it always made the whole family laugh. He used a string up and down the saw blade and it would make the funniest sounds! He even played a few hymn tunes that way. πŸ™‚

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