Your handwriting reveals more than you may realize. Did you know, for instance, that an expert can tell whether someone's thinking about suicide, or why she instigated a break-up -- all from her handwriting?
Carol Lowbeer of Hartford has seen both. Does the line that crosses your T come to a sharp point on the right? You're sarcastic, she says. Do you press down hard on the pen? You might be lying. Believe it or not, she says, your handwriting tells just about everything about you.
"You can tell from handwriting whether the person's stingy, or reliable, needs routine, loves freedom, is easily discouraged," she says. "Someone may show up neat as a pin at an interview but the handwriting may show that he's not."
Handwriting analysis, or graphology, is part science, part instinct, says Lowbeer, adding not many people do it. In fact, she doesn't know of anyone else in Connecticut, and although we can't confirm that statement, HealthyLife did come up empty when trying to find an expert in Fairfield County.
Law enforcement officials sometimes use experts to analyze the handwriting of crime suspects -- often to see if they can tell whether the person is lying. The suspect is asked to write a few sentences and then sign his name, says Dennis Duez, a handwriting expert who lives near Pittsburgh. According to graphology lore, if the person finishes writing in the middle of the page but signs the paper at the bottom, they either committed the crime or know who did. "They're trying to distance themselves from the writing -- the writing and the signature are far apart," he says.
Some people refer to graphology as witchcraft or hocus pocus, but it actually dates back to the 17th century. And in 1980, the Library of Congress moved graphology from "occult" status to "psychology," while in 1989, the United States Department of Labor removed graphology from the "Entertainment" category in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. "No one thinks it's hocus pocus after they've done it," Lowbeer says.
The oddest request for handwriting analysis Lowbeer has received was from a Connecticut woman vacationing in North Carolina. "She had a houseguest and he was behaving erratically," she says. The woman sent a sample of his handwriting to Lowbeer and sure enough, "He was really off the map. There was a lot of shakiness and that can mean real rage and a violent temper." The houseguest left before anything happened.
Lowbeer says graphology is body language transferred to paper. "Just the way you can tell someone's defensive from his posture, you can tell the same thing from his writing."
Spacing, margins and alignment are among the critical indicators to experts. Wide spaces between words are saying, "Give me breathing space." People with that kind of writing are hard to get close to, says Lowbeer. Narrow spaces between words can indicate a wish to be with others, but such writers may also crowd people and be intrusive. A leftward slant can mean the person's rebellious. Gs that look more like eights, double-looping sideways, can show an ability to keep moving toward a goal, and at the same time, flexibility, according to experts.
Upper loop letters' length and width can indicate levels of intellect. The longer and wider the loops, the more intense the writer's intellectual capabilities. Lower loop letters' length and width can indicate levels of passion and compassion.
And handwriting analysis is not just for right-handed people. "Lefties who write more to the left are closed up while those who write more to the right are outgoing," Lowbeer says.
Some companies advertise that they can change your handwriting. But it's very hard to fake it, says Lowbeer. "Your handwriting comes from your brain. It's hard to trick your brain." HL