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.

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