We spend a lot of time saying things through our words, but do you ever wonder what your writing has to say about you? Graphology is the analysis of handwriting—lending credence to subconscious messages of our markings and makings. The way we hold our pencil, the slant of our letters, the way we cross our t’s...The content between the lines may say as much as our words about who we are.
If there’s really something to this, then, as a hand-letterer, I find this kind of thing particularly intriguing. For those interested, I’ve compiled a reading list of some articles that speak into the science a bit more. I’ve also detailed here some examples from my own work, with notes about what my writing might reveal about me.*
Small letters = introverted
Slender y = selective of who is called a good friend
Slant to the right = open to new experiences and people
Rounded leaders = artistic and creative
Narrow e-loops = skeptical, not easily swayed by the emotions of others
Long t crossing = have a hard time letting things go, stubborn
Open o’s = little secrecy
*I hold these claims with a loose hand, so to speak.