Obama’s signature

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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Elaborate signature

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.

Changing your signature

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.

But I was taught to write this way…

We were all taught to write at one time. We were taught a particular style, depending on where we were living. We copied from books and from the teacher’s writing, trying our best to make our writing look the same.

Fine. But what age were you then?

Do you still do everything else as you had to do it then?

No, of course you don’t.

You have taken over your own life, kept what fitted, and discarded or changed the rest.

And so it is with your writing.

If you still have strokes in your writing the same as you were taught as a child, you have them because they fit who you are as a a person. The ones that didn’t fit, you have changed.

Remember, you are not looking at the style of writing, but at the specific strokes within the writing.

I have often been told by people that they still write this way because they were taught to do it this way. And yet, upon looking at their writing, I have yet to find an adult who writes exactly in any way taught in schools.

So don’t just think “I was taught” and instead look deeper. Look at each individual stroke, and find out what really ticks inside you. The only person who genuinely writes exactly like your teacher is your teacher.


Obama’s signature

Have you seen Obama’s signature?

In the word “Obama” he writes the “b” to the long downstroke is encased in the capital “O”.

This has a very significant meaning.

The last name is family (the first name is the individual).

Any covering or encasing in a form of protection.

So by writing the “b” partly encased in the “O”, Obama is showing his strong protectionism for his family.

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What to put in your signature

What to put in your signature! Is it best to write your full name? First and last names, plus middle initial? First initial and last name? Does which you do mean anything?

The less you write the less you are giving away in the way of information. When you write your first initial and last name only, you are giving away the bare minimum of information you can give in your signature, and for that reason it usually denotes a more formal approach.

Of course, if you write you signature 100 times a day, you probably want it to be as short as possible, so here we are considering what you would write if you only write your signature a few times a day, or less.

The first name written out in full followed by the last name shows someone who is more friendly and open. First name, middle initial and last name can be an indication of a bit more “show”. It creates some importance the more names and initials you can put down.

However if you’re name is John Smith, you might want to include your middle initial for purely practical reasons of identification, since there are probably few more John Smiths out there.

Women who use their maiden surname plus their husbands are showing independence in that they didn’t give up their own name. Women who retain their maiden name alone are showing even more independence.

So, yes, what you put in your signature is significant. Consider how you want to come across as you sign your name next time.

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Distance between the signature and the body of the writing

The distance between the signature and the body of the writing shows how connected the writer is, or is not, with the content of the rest of the writing.

A signature close to the end, say, of a letter indicates the writer really believes and is connected to what he or she has just written.

The signature well distanced from the body of the writing, mean the writer is trying to distance himself/ herself from what they have just written.

It doesn’t mean it was necessarily a lie (although it could be) but it means they are uncomfortable in some way with what is in the letter.

A “normal” signature should be the same distance below the last line of writing and each line in the body is below the one above.

Check out the distance. It can give great insights.

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Signatures: Size does matter.

Is your signature smaller than your writing? The same size? Or larger?

A signature smaller than the rest of the writing is someone who is hiding away, who doesn’t want to be noticed. Why appear “smaller” or less noticeable than you really are? False modesty could be one reason, or someone who has some reason to want to brush by without attracting attention.

Signature larger than the writing is the opposite. This person wants to be noticed. They are presenting themselves as larger than life. They want attention and recognition. It may be part of the job – a salesman, a politician etc. Or it may just be a cry for attention.

The signature of the most genuine person is the one who’s signature and writing look the same. Here I am, they say, like me or not, this is who I am, like me or not.

If you write your signature differently from your writing, take time to consider why you do this. There may be a good reason, or you may discover something about yourself you hadn’t previously thought of.

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Readers’ Question: What does a circle for an i-dot mean?

We’ve all seen it, I’m sure: the i-dot that’s drawn as a circle, or some other shape.

It is commonest amongst teenage girls, but can be found in the writing of either sex of any age.

A circle is the commonest, but other shapes also appear.

For example, actress, the late Jayne Mansfield (mother of “Law and Order” star Mariska Hargitay) used to put a heart shape for her i-dot.

So what does it mean?

Well, any drawn shape for an i-dot is a demand for attention. It says “notice me, I’m unique.”

Some people may draw their i-dots in all their writing, some may only do it in the signature.

When it only appears in the signature, it indicates that this need for attention is part of their public image, and not necessarily part of their private personality.

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