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What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

on December 3, 2012
My normal handwriting

My normal handwriting.

I have recently found myself writing my name in many different handwriting styles. I have experimented with several fonts, such as cursive, typewriter, and engraved, and I have also created a few of my own. This has become a new form of doodling for me, one which I never thought I would find so fascinating.

However, thinking back to it now, this new interest of mine makes sense. After all, I have always loved the written word, particularly as a reader and a writer, as well as each individual letter in a language. As a little girl, I always participated in school spelling bees and enjoyed every single spelling test I ever took. Although I can say with certainty that I loved spelling tests more than spelling bees because I could write down the words on a page and see how each letter looked and how it related to the rest of the letters to form a single, coherent, beautiful word. I also preferred spelling tests because I knew I would always do well, whereas in my third grade spelling bee, I came in second place, as I was eliminated on the word “mathematical,” which, of course, I will now always spell correctly.

My handwriting in a cursive font.

My handwriting in a cursive font.

My handwriting in an engraved font.

My handwriting in an engraved font.

My handwriting in an original font I call "shadow."

My handwriting in an original font I call “shadow.”

There is an entire field called graphology devoted to analyzing handwriting. Ironically, when learning about the different methods of handwriting analysis, I discovered my handwriting indicates that I have a creative personality. No surprise there!

But, there is something that I am wondering:

If you purposefully write in a different font from what you normally use, would this handwriting choice represent a different, less obvious part of your personality?

Creative challenge:

And so, I present to you the next creative challenge: first, figure out what your current handwriting says about you. Then, create a new font that you enjoy writing in. It should be similar to your current handwriting, but make sure there are some distinct differences. Write anything you’d like using your new style, and then use the handwriting analysis methods to see if your new handwriting reveals aspects of your personality, as your regular handwriting should.

My handwriting in a typewriter font.

My handwriting in a typewriter font.

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Do you think this challenge will work? What do you think your handwriting will say about you? Comment below to discuss.

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7 responses to “What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

  1. Mina Khan says:

    I’ll have you know that I am an impatient person. I find my thoughts drifting away in the middle of a conversation, but for some reason, this blog never ceases to captivate me. I devour every word. You have such creative ideas and a real personable writing style! Another great post, Zoe! I have already begun creating the eye that you challenged us to do in your last post, and will begin analyzing my handwriting after I finish writing this. It’s amazing how much of one’s personality can be portrayed onto a paper! I never would have guessed that your handwriting may be able to identify some aspects of your personality. Thank you for introducing me to these concepts!

  2. Zoe says:

    Thank you so much Mina!! I’m so glad you’re taking part in my creative challenges. Check back periodically for more blog posts, more creative concepts, and more creative challenges!

  3. I forget mine…longtime ago ):

  4. Tom Elias says:

    I think deliberately writing in a dfferent style demonstrates creativity. Your personality only comes through when you write without any attempt to make it different. Good article!

    • Zoe says:

      That’s an interesting point. Thank you very much!
      Do you think any conscious choice can offer any type of insight into humans’ minds?

      • Tom Elias says:

        Yes. Your example indicates a choice to hide personality, but you can’t prove a negative, so that is not indicative of anything except creativity. I’d guess this model applies to all conscious choice scenarios like this.

  5. Zoe says:

    Yes, that is an interesting way to look at it!

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