When you sign something other than your name, say “Mum” or “Dad”, the word takes on the same importance as the signature. However, the image is narrower in it’s focus.
Whereas your entire signature is how you see yourself before the world, your signature of “Mum” shows only how you see yourself to your children.
The same, of course, goes for any other title, say “Grandpa” or “Grandma”.
So if you have occasion to write either of these, look carefully at how you sign those titles in comparison to how you sign your actual name in general, and find out how differently you see yourself before these members of your family.
Of course, there is always the “what you see is what you get” signature, where it is just the real you, no image, that shows. In this case, one would expect to particular difference in the “Mom” etc title either.
However if there is a problem between you and the family member to whom you are writing this title, it will show in how you write it.
Naturally, all this applies to letters you receive from “titled” people as well as those you write.
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Handwriting analysis can be of use to Genealogists in 2 ways:
1. When there are letters and documents written many years ago, and the genealogist wants to know more about what type of person was the writer.
The handwriting gives a complete personality picture, so with a page or so of writing it is possible to get to know the personality of the writer very well indeed.
2. When there are old records and it is of interest to know if the same person made several different entries.
In this case analyzing the handwriting can tell how many different people made entries in the records.
With a reasonable extensive entry in records, it can even be possible to match up the writer of the record entry with the writer of a letter or other document.
Genealogy is often pursued as a hobby, and for those who do this, learning more about handwriting analysis can be a bonus.
Handwriting analysis shows the complete personality. If focuses on the “soft” skills (those difficult to measure because you can’t see, feel or touch them. For example, communication skills or organizational ability)
In Europe approximately 90% of employers use graphology as a tool in the hiring process. In Israel it is unusual for anyone to get hired without having their handwriting analyzed.
For example, are you looking for someone who is very outgoing and chatty, say a sales person or customer service representative? Then you want right slanted writing and open circle letters (a, o, and g)
Or is it a computer programmer you want, who will quietly sit at the computer and get on with his or her work? In that case, you want small writing, with i-dots close to the top of the i-stem, and preferably upright or even slightly left slanted writing.
Hiring the Right Person the First Time: What you really want to know about your job applicants makes handwriting analysis a tool available to help you with your hiring.
Read it all, or just zero in on the qualities and personality traits you are seeking.
It can save time, money and frustration by helping you hire the right person the first time.
This month’s People Potentiality Newsletter, coming out on February 1st. 2009, gives an analysis of President Barack Obama’s signature.
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When you find an extremely elaborate signature, where the body of the writing is not so overdone, you have found a writer who desperately wants attention.
If the individual is in show business, it may be that they need this to further their career, or it may be that they got into show business in the first place because of the need for recognition and attention.
But no matter who the person, or what the cause, a signature that seems designed just for display is someone who is saying “notice me.”
If the writing, either in the signature or not, also has long tails on the ends of words, that swing upwards, ending above the height of the lower case letters, this is even more of a cry for attention.
Many people have these long, upward swinging final strokes and they enjoy recognition when they feel they have earned it. However when you couple it with a deliberately attention grabbing signature, you have someone who is demanding that you pay undue attention to them whether or not they have done something warranting approval.
Procrastination. Do you have it? Do you put of till tomorrow everything you don’t absolutely have to do today?
It’s a common habit. But not all procrastination is procrastination, by which I mean that there can be many other reasons for putting things off.
Some of them are:
— fear of success
— fear of failure
— lack of self confidence
— too much caution
— self deceit
Procrastination itself is described by www.dictionary.com as:
1. to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
–verb (used with object)
2. to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
This trait is easily identified in handwriting.
When someone places the t-bar to the left of the lower case “t”, not touching or crossing it, this is the trait of procrastination. Look for it – it’s probably in writing you have looked at often, but never noticed the t-bar before.
If you feel you procrastinate, or know someone who appears to do so, but there is no procrastination in the t-bars, then it’s time to look for other causes.
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If you feel like changing your signature and carefully creating a new one for yourself, do so.
How will that affect who you come across as in signature analysis?
Well, obviously that depends on what changes you make, but for you to be comfortable with your new signature, it will have to be compatible with who you are.
So it may look different to you, but analyze out the same. This is perfectly possible, and not at all uncommon.
Or you may have outgrown your previous signature. We all change as we go through life, and if you have changed in some way and your previous signature just doesn’t feel right any more, then by all means create something that feels good.
If it comes easily to you after a bit of practice (to undo the habit of your old signature) and feels good, it means it reflects who you are now, so go for it.
Of course, if you change your signature noticeably, it is best to notify your bank and anywhere else where they compare signatures, but from the graphology perspective, it’s OK to do anytime it feels right.
Whenever I give a talk on handwriting analysis, I always have someone tell me they and their sister/ mother/ friend write exactly the same way.
What they are talking about is the writing style. People who learn to write in the same environment usually have a similar writing style, unless they have deliberately changed it.
However, that does not mean they the same personality, and it does not mean that, when analyzed, their writing will tell the same personality traits.
Handwriting analysis looks at the placement of the writing on the page, the size, the pressure etc. It also looks at the strokes within the writing. The writing style may be similar, but the placement, size etc. and the strokes may well be very different.
So when you look at writing, thinking of handwriting analysis, be aware that the superficial style is just that – superficial. It in now way alters the ability of the science of graphology to bring out the entire personality of the writer.
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