In the Western world, the week after Christmas is a time of spending.
Shops offer sales and shoppers push, shove and stand in line for hours if necessary to get bargains.
What in writing will show who is likely to be an overly-avid post-Christmas shopper? Here are a few strokes to consider.
The Acquirer. I collect. I want.
This writer writes with a small anti-clockwise knot at the very beginning of words where the pen first touches the paper.
It has to be small enough and tight enough to feel like a “knot”, and it has to be written in an anti-clockwise direction.
The bigger the hook, the more important the need to acquire.
Although here I am relating it to physical purchases, this trait can also indicate a desire for knowledge or ideas.
So set this writer free at the “Sales” and they will scoop up an amazing number of items.
Next I want to talk about the Envious shopper, because the strokes are similar visually, but obviously very different in meaning.
The person who has envy knows someone who has something that they themselves would like to have.
They may want it to improve their image – to be seen to have it. Or it can be just for themselves – so they don’t feel they have been “one-upped” by the person who already has this item.
Envy shows in a small knot at the beginning of a letter where the pen first touches the paper, but unlike the acquirer who writes this knot in an anti-clockwise direction, the envier writes the knot in a clockwise direction.
So make sure you follow the direction of the pen before you decide which it is.
The knot, again, must be small and tight enough to feel like a knot.
A gentle, larger loop is something else entirely.
Envy is an exhausting and unfruitful emotion and one best left behind.
Next is the Generous writer will not only shop for themselves, but for others.
“Oh, Jenny would just love that…..” and another purchase is made.
Generosity shows in long final tails on words or letters before the pen is removed from the page.
And how about the Confused shopper?
The person who either can’t remember what it was they wanted to buy, so they buy whatever attracts their attention, or they forget that they already bought this item, so they buy it again!
Confusion is brought about by just having too many irons in the fire, just too many things going on in your life that you can’t keep on top of everything.
Obviously, an otherwise well organized person will manage confusion more successfully, with less obvious symptoms than someone without these characteristics, but any time you find this trait creeping into your writing – whether you are shopping or not! – take heed.
Prioritize and move forward once you have things worked out more effectively.
Confusion shows in lines of writing running into each other. The more overlap, the more confusion.
And lastly there is the Emotional shopper who will find emotion packed reasons to buy almost anything.
They fall in love with things.
They just “know” something will come in useful.
They’re out there on a shopping mission and if nothing appears that is what they want, they’ll probably buy something anyway so they feel good about their shopping trip.
The farther the writing slants to the right, the more emotion bound is the writer.
These are just a few “shopping” traits to be going on with, but obviously there are many, many more.
And equally obviously the traits that affect shopping habit affect all other areas of life too.
There is a saying that “The way you do anything is the way you do everything.”
Going by that, how you shop is how you live.
A scary thought.
Not that it has anything at all to do with handwriting, but a comment made by the mother of a friend of mine many years ago has stuck with me.
I put it in as an after shopping giggle.
Here’s what she said, in total seriousness:
“I don’t want to seem like an airhead or anything, but let’s face it – you’re born, you shop, you die.”
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