Basic Concepts for Analyzing Handwriting

• In school, we are all taught to write the same way. How we choose to vary our writing is a result of our individual and unique personalities. If you are having doubts about this, just look at the signatures of the Declaration of Independence here. It takes a moment to load but is worth it. It shows how people write differently.

• Different writing characteristics are called handwriting indicators or writing traits. Examples include writing size, slant, and pressure. No single indicator totally defines a person. The interpretations of all indicators must be considered together. However, a strong personality trait will show up again and again in a person's handwriting.

The more indicators you look at, the clearer your understanding of the writer will be. In this very basic course we look at three major indicators, and there are 11 in the Handwriting Insights Kit. A professional graphologist looks at hundreds of indicators.

• An ideal writing sample is written spontaneously in ink on unlined paper written with a pen, and signed and dated by the writer. But a sentence or two with a signature, or a signature alone, is enough for the purposes of this basic analysis.

A lot of handwriting analysis is common sense and basic correlation. People who dot their "i's" and cross their "t's" precisely tend to be more meticulous than those who don't. Stylish people often have stylish writing, and so on. A lot of what you'll learn in handwriting analysis won't surprise you at all.

• Whereas handwriting represents how a person feels privately (their true personality), the person's signature represents the public image that the writer wants to project. Therefore, a big difference between a person's writing and their signature indicates a big the difference between their private and public self. When the writing and the signature are identical, then "what you see is what you get" and the person presents themself identical to how they feel inside.

• This course applies to the handwriting of people 12 years and older.