Dear Mary Catherine,

Thank you very much for your interesting letter and handwriting sample.

Your handwriting is thick (pasty), rightward, rising, connected, fast, large, harmonious, but not always easy to read.

Your rising script means that you are an optimist. Your attitude is positive and cheerful. You have a buoyant spirit and are restless and ambitious. You are excitable and quickly stirred to action.

The fact that your writing slants to the right while rising means that you are emotional and impulsive.

Human relationships are important to you and you are a full extrovert, so you are socially active and goal minded. You seek recognition and the regard of others. You are enthusiastic, continually looking to the future, and are in constant need of variety and change.

You are sociable, spontaneous, enthusiastic, generous, expressive, and affectionate. You are emotionally responsive but that also means that you can be irritable, distracted, easily influenced, easily bored, and overly adaptable.

You will notice that your upper and lower loops are not very large, except in your name, and this means that you write primarily in the middle zone. Middle zone writers are practical, realistic, determined, not easily moved and have a well balanced outlook on life. You have a healthy self-image and are capable of making a sensible adjustment to life. The fact that your writing is large reinforces your self reliance, pride, and independence.

You write quickly and you do so because you think quickly. You are intelligent and have a great need for mental stimulation. You have a great deal of initiative so you never need to be told what to do.

You have significant potential for leadership and probably love physical adventure.

Mary Catherine, your writing is heavy and thick. This thick quality is called pastiness and it show that you are a sensual person. Your senses are keen so you enjoy the good life, art, music, food, drink, color and sex, and if these needs are not satisfied you become very frustrated.

You possess and artistic sense of proportion along with a sense of form and style. You are a traditionalist with stable values. You are also trustworthy, independent, cautious, and have a desire to protect.

Graphology is sometimes used in therapy and this is known as graphotherapy. In this process the graphologist-therapist attempts to eliminate negative personal characteristics by concentrating on positive writing strokes. These therapeutic interventions have differing results depending upon the skill of the therapist and the motivation of the client.

So, Mary Catherine, you are a bright, optimistic, energetic, enthusiastic person. You might be almost 55 years old but you still have a lot of life left in you.

Much good luck and happiness to you.

If you would like to have your handwriting analyzed, send a sample of your writing on unlined paper. Please state your age and sex and any specific questions you would like addressed in the analysis. Send to: James Murray, Wednesday Journal, 141 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302. Your name will not be used.