Your Handwriting tells how you will act in a Crisis

Your Handwriting tells how you will act in a Crisis

So how is it that your handwriting tells how you act in a crisis or handle an emergency situation?

And what use is that anyway?

To answer the second question first: by understanding both your own and others natural response to crises you can be better prepared for both the event and the response.

For example, someone who writes with a far forward slant gets very emotionally involved very quickly.

When that US Airways plane was in trouble and about to land in the Hudson River, who would you prefer in the cockpit a cool, calm individual like pilot Chesley Sullenberger, or someone who would go to emotional pieces?

Certainly, pilots receive training, but no training can fully prepare anyone for something like that.

Your Handwriting tells how you will act in a Crisis

Captain Sullenberger’s writing slants slightly to the right, but not much.

His handwriting tells how he will act in a Crisis – and it’s right!

The more upright the writing, the more cool, calm and collected the writer can be.

The more they have the ability to keep their head, when all about are losing theirs, as Rudyard Kipling wrote.


That doesn’t mean they never release their emotions.

Upright writers who write with heavy pressure on the page take things very much to heart.


This can be equated to a pot full of water, over a hot stove, with the lid tightly on.

To begin with there is no problem. But as the heat creates steam and pressure on the lid to burst off becomes more and more until it eventually does just that. The lid explodes off, and the steam escapes.

Then if you put the lid back on again, you will have no action again for a while, until the steam builds up to bursting point again.

That is the heavy, upright writer’s behavior pattern too. In the crisis they are calm and seem to be able to handle anything.

Afterwards, when the crisis is past, they are quite likely to have to let off steam in some way to release the pressure of pent up emotions.

In other than crisis situations, it can be good for these writers to practice letting off a little steam at a time to let their feelings out gradually rather than waiting till they just can’t hang on a moment longer.

The opposite is true of the far right hand slant writer.

Using the pot over the stove analogy, the far right slant writer;s pot has lots of holes in the lid and the steam escapes from the minute the heat starts to generate it, and will keep escaping until the water cools down again. There may be a lot of steam (emotion) in evidence, or little depending on the heat of the situation.

I had a neighbor, many years ago, who had heavy, extremely far right slanting writing. One day her small daughter broke a glass and walked on the resulting mess, cutting her feet.

What we, as neighbors, witnessed was the mother out in the street, crying, and calling out to anyone who could hear her, that her daughter was bleeding, please help.

Your Handwriting tells how you will act in a Crisis

Would you not have expected the mother to be in the house doing what she could to help her daughter, calling an ambulance if necessary?

This mother was just so overboard with emotion she couldn’t see the logical thing to do. As it happens, her daughter fortunately just had minor cuts, but her mother was definitely not someone I would want to have to depend on in a crisis!

Not all right hand writers will be that overwhelmed, of course, but it serves as an illustration as to the difference between the response to emergency situations as shown in handwriting.

Your Handwriting tells how you will act in a Crisis – definitely it does and you can use that to your advantage by being prepared for both your own reaction and the reactions of others close to you.

But remember, if you don’t like what you’ve got you can change it!


Find out more about Handwriting and what it shows…

Do you have a questions about writing?   Please use the contact form to get it touch with me.

Fiona MacKay Young