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23 things your signature reveals about you

Read on to discover what graphology has to say about your own handwriting.

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1. Are you shy or outgoing?

Graphology examines the size and shape of your letters to discern things about your personality. Letter size correlates with ego. Writing your letters especially large means you’re confident, outgoing and want to be noticed. Conversely, writing small shows you are quiet, shy, unassuming and introverted.

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2. Conventional or rebellious

People who purposefully stray from the correct way to shape letters are rebels in writing and in life. This includes printing your signature, writing the pronoun “i” in lowercase, forming letters “backwards” from what is taught and writing defiant uppercase K’s in a word in lieu of a lowercase one. These all show a person’s needs to confront authority and blaze their own trail.

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3. Thinker or feeler

Garlands are the little concave arcs used to connect letters and to begin and end words when writing in cursive. Writers who consistently use smooth, curved garlands are considered to be social, sympathetic, helpful and communicative people-pleasers who feel before they think. Conversely, garlands that are angular and end in points indicate an aggressive, analytical, abrupt personality.

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4. Go-getter or paralyzed

Graphology looks at a lot of little details -- even how you cross your t’s and dot your i’s. According to “Handwriting Analysis: The Complete Basic Book,” there are more than 50 ways to cross a t, and your style might change depending on your mood. But if you consistently cross your t’s beneath the midpoint, you might have low self-esteem or insecurities that keep you down. High crosses on t’s correlate to lofty goals and high self-esteem.

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5. Realistic or imaginative

While crossing your t’s relates to goals, dotting your i’s relates to both aspirations and enthusiasm. Nice, round dots placed perfectly over the i indicates a person is methodical and precise. Circles for dots are seen as artistic, feminine, faddish or immature. A dot that is high from the i shows a person is more of a dreamer with an active imagination.

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6. Talker or listener

Open oval letters mean your mouth is likely to be open too. Not closing the top of lowercase a’s, d’s and o’s indicates you’re chatty.

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7. Hopeful or defeated

According to experts, the letter L can reveal your emotional state. Tall, round loops on your lowercase l’s mean you have “big hopes and dreams for the future,” while l’s without loops where the line has just been retraced mean your dreams might’ve been dashed.

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8. Explorer or homebody

Graphologists believe a lot is revealed in how you write your y’s. One aspect is how long you make the loop underneath a cursive y. Long loops that are venturing far from the line mean you like to travel and explore outside your comfort zone, while short loop writers like security and sticking close to home.

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9. Physical or spiritual

Graphologists use two indicators to gauge a person’s passion and sensuality: line thickness and letter loops. Heavy lines mean the writer is sensuous, materialistic and focused on the physical, while thin lines point to a passive person more preoccupied with the spiritual. Ink-filled loops, which are generally the result of relaxed movement of the pen, point to a person who is “physically oriented, sensual, attracted to pleasurable activities and intensely absorbed in their own experiences,” according to “Handwriting Analysis: The Complete Basic Book.”

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10. Independent or social butterfly

The space you put between words resembles the space you prefer between you and other people. Small gaps between words means you’re a people-person who needs social interaction, while large gaps mean you need your space and privacy and often prefer to fly solo.

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11. Optimistic or pessimistic

A common test to determine if you’re optimistic or pessimistic is whether you see a glass as half-empty or half-full, but graphologists would say you’re a left-slant or right-slant type of person. Slant is a sign of emotional response. Right-leaning signatures indicate a person has a positive outlook and outgoing, bubbly personality, while left-leaning signatures are reserved, withdrawn, cautious and fearful.

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12. Organized or unorganized

Having a signature with consistent distance between words and letters, clearly shaped letters and clean placement means a person is clear-headed, organized and socially mature. Aspects such as erratic spacing or misformed letters show confusion, self-centeredness and a lack of self-awareness and discipline.

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13. Patient or impatient

Graphologists don’t simply look at the shape of letters. They also analyze pen pressure, margins, line thickness and the speed at which you write. Fast writers are considered impatient, but efficient, vivacious and quick thinkers. Slow writers are precise, careful and deliberate.

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14. Disciplined or unstable

Line levels supposedly give you a sneak peek at someone’s emotional health. Someone who writes straight even without guiding lines is extremely self-controlled. If your words start to slope down, you might be depressed or lethargic; if they start to slope up, you’re positive and optimistic. If the line of text significantly fluctuates up and down like a wave, the writer could feel emotionally unstable.

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15. Easy-going or uptight

Pen pressure, which can be judged by feeling the page, reveals your sense of security as well as your energy levels. Writing with heavy pressure can show a person is passionate, energetic, strong-willed and stubborn. Extreme pressure can be viewed more negatively as a sign someone is brutal, critical or irritable. Light pressure means the opposite: that someone is calm, passive and tolerant.

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16. Withdrawn or attention-seeking

Much like how placement of your writing compared to margins has meaning, where you place your signature at the end of a letter is revealing. Signing on the left could indicate being withdrawn or clinging to the past. Signing in the middle correlates to needing to be the center of attention. And signing on the right is for people who are natural and forward-looking.

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17. Diplomatic or rigid

People who value diplomacy and tact reveal this in a couple of ways. Diminishing the size of letters as a word goes on is seen as a way to lessen the force of the words, while round s’s in cursive indicate a preference for compromise rather than confrontation.

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18. Relaxed or formal

Using your full name or your initials when signing your name can indicate a few things. Choosing to use initials could mean you don’t like your first name or you prefer to keep things “businesslike” and formal when first meeting people. Similarly, scribbling one part of your name while writing the other legibly can indicate hostility or dissociation toward your first or last name, whichever is obscured.

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19. Secretive or straightforward

The legibility of your signature can say a lot of different things about how you view yourself or how you want to present yourself to the world. If a person’s day-to-day writing and signature are both unreadable, this could indicate a person who prides himself on being mysterious and difficult to get to know or understand. People who make the effort to make their writing and signature readable are open and straightforward.

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20. Arrogant or modest

Poor legibility in a signature can also indicate that the writer is egocentric and expects others should simple know who he or she is. Some people sign things so often, they’ve reduced their name to a hieroglyph, as is common with celebrities, artists or doctors.

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21. Proud or humble

Signatures that are illegible save for elevated or pronounced capital letters indicate extreme pride and the desire for prominence and public acclaim.

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22. Happy or unhappy

Embellishments through a signature are thought to reveal how the signee views herself. Fancy flourishes are signs of a creative attention-seeker, underlining your name means you are self-important and crave recognition, and putting a line through your signature is a subconscious way of revealing you’re unhappy and are highly self-critical.

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23. Arrogant or down-to-earth

Just liking signing your name bigger than everyone else indicates big-headedness, adding too many showy, pretentious embellishments to your signature reveals a vain showman who is compensating for inner weakness and self-consciousness. Similarly, a person who follows his name with a full stop or period is saying, “The world stops with me,” according to the blog A to Z Handwriting.

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