Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Recently I asked a friend what she needs help understanding in graphology. The reply was printing. It really seems as if more and more people are printing around the world. While some educators worry that not only will handwriting (cursive) become a lost art there may come a day when only a few specialists will be able to read cursive. I certainly hope this is not true because it would be a shame to regress as human beings.
Technology has brought many changes that, in my opinion, are not good. People have good hand-eye coordination from video games but little finger and wrist dexterity needed for writing. As well as new repetitive motion injuries. Spelling has been trashed by texting especially among the younger generation. Each stroke costs money so either any letter considered unnecessary is left out or only initials are used. You must learn the code to participate frustrating many parents I must add. Changes are coming about so fast products are obsolete by the time they hit the market. It has been said there have been more changes in the last twenty years than in the hundred years before.

But I digress, the first thing you know if your subject is a printer is they will not reveal as much in their writing as a cursive writer would. Also printing should be vertical so give more credibility to any slant they may have.

Next consider the style of the printing. There is block printing where all letters are capitals, manuscript where they look like typewritten letters and finally a mix of upper and lower case letters. Luckily you do not often see the manuscript style because the few I have seen were so tiny and precise they almost looked machine made. The mixed style will give you more information than the block printing or manuscript.

As with any writing the first thing to do is hold it at arms length. Is it pleasing to the eye? If not, why not. Does it seem rigid and inflexible, inharmonious in some way, have heavier pressure in some areas making it darker, or maybe it bounces along the baseline. Does anything stand out? Do the letters touch? If so how much? Does one letter connect to another in some way but not lean into it? Do they appear to hold each other upright? Is there a slant to the writing? Does the slant vary? Is there a lead-in stroke that doubling of the first stroke that is really not necessary to the letter. Feel the back of the page. Was there enough pressure used to feel the letters on the paper? These are all questions you would ask if the writing were cursive so you can now see there is much to be learned from printing.

With block printing notice where the center of letters such as A, B, E, F, H, K, P, R, touches the stem. If it is in the center of the stem the writer is balanced, not placing more emphasis on any one part of their life. When the stem is touched high up the stem making the lower portion largest you will find the writer lives for the day to day world. They normally have no long term goals and prefer instant gratification. While the joining to the stem lower than center creates a larger upper portion. This printing belongs to the individual who is the thinker and planner. They intellectualize to the cost of the every day world.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


There are ten clues to what a person is like that you should pay attention to when entering a relationship be it personal or business. I will give you five of them today.
1. Jealousy or envy - two sides of the same coin. Envy shows best on the letter c when it starts with a tiny circle. While jealousy shows mainly in a tight circle on the lower loops of the letters g, j, y. This is also considered to be a clannish person who has few close friends but that is because they do not trust others. Are jealous of what others have and fearful of losing what they have. They do not share.
2. Dual personality - the slant of the writing changes even within a word. Their mood can change in a heartbeat. They are insecure so always on the defensive and quick to take offence at little or nothing but an imagined slight.
3. Excessively sensitive - this is shown in looped T's and D's. The bigger the loop the bigger the sensitivity. If the loop also leans to the left they can become paranoid and if it leans to the right be manic and out of control.
4. Hot temper - quick to lash out at others be it physically or verbally. This is seen in slashed i dots and punctuation and in t bars starting at or right of the stem. If it narrows to a point like a javelin they will be sarcastic and cutting. If it ends with a club like thickness they may get physical when mad.
5. Domineering - this shows in downward drawn t bars. If the bar ends in a point they are very sarcastic but more likely to be a whiner while if it ends with a thick, solid look they are the ones who can become physical.
We all may have some of these ten traits because we are human with all sorts of emotions and problems. It is when too many show up in the same writing or in excess that you should be aware there will be a rocky road in the relationship and maybe you should keep on looking.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Directional pressure or not?

Sorry, I've been gone so long but about 4 months ago my personal world fell apart and there is no sign of real improvement in the near future. Most days I have little or no time for what I want to do.

Today I want to talk about directional pressure seen in the writing. One of the groups I belong to have been discussing this topic and splitting hairs on what constitutes directional pressure. This type of pressure is seen when any normally straight line like the stem of a b, d, f, h, l, p bends instead of being straight it is an indication of pressure from either the past or family or of the future. One of our disagreements was on the bent t-bar. Technically when the t-bar is convex or concave it is directional pressure but I was not alone when I said I did not consider it as such because the pressure is placed upon the individual by himself and not by outside sources.
When you see a stem that bows to the right it indicates some pressure the individual feels from the past or family. Maybe they have always been unfairly compared to a sibling, feel they do not measure up to what their parents expect, or feel they failed in the past and are afraid of repeating the experience. If it bows to the left it would mean pressure from the future or fear of the unknown. They may be starting school, a new job, or something they have never done before and have cold feet. As always you would search the rest of the writing for clues to what caused this displaced pressure.
In contrast, the convex t-bar would look like an umbrella and it is a self-protection. It was argued this was pressure from authority but I argued it was an attempt at self control. Pressure from authority would normally be seen in writing that crawls along the baseline like it was afraid to stand up straight, to stick out the neck for fear of getting hurt.
The concave t-bar can take on the look of a crucifix, a badly formed Y, or in rare cases a pitchfork. These people feel they are always the victims, the outsider, or the martyr. Nothing that happens to them is ever their fault and they will continue to make the same bad choices and wonder why things keep happening.