Dear Vivian,

Thank you very much for your note and handwriting sample as well as for your nice words about this column.

Your writing, Vivian, is small, light, rightward and connected, and the combination of these characteristics say a good deal about your personality.

The small size of your script is particularly significant. Small writing is unusual because it requires more concentration than the average person has available. Generally, people who write small are more inclined to channel their energies into thinking rather than action.

Your small script tells me that you are studious, conscientious, accurate, modest and good on details. You are also economical with time and money, fearful, self-conscious and sometimes have difficulty seeing the bigger picture.

In addition to being small your writing is also light, fine and sharp. This lack of intensity in the pressure of your stroke means that you are sensitive, flexible, feminine, adaptable and sympathetic. It also means that you are refined, idealistic and spiritual. Light writing also suggests that you could be lacking in determination and could yield under pressure.

Vivian, you might notice that your Ms and Ns have sharp needle points and this means you are very intelligent. You have a sharp mind and are an intuitive thinker who is always looking ahead. Unfortunately, you can also be sarcastic and sometimes have to fight against depressive moods. It is easy for you to become despondent and fatalistic.

You can try to deal with this depressive tendency by not allowing the lines of your writing to droop. Try to keep them straight or even rising. This will remind you to look on the brighter side of situations. Also, try to make your T crossings from left to right rather than right to left (or backwards).

This should remind you to be more confident and outgoing and less inhibited and self-conscious, and not to blame yourself for every little thing that goes wrong.

Finally, Vivian, you are a sincere, kind, sympathetic and cooperative person. You have a good heart.

Much good luck to you and Happy Memorial Day.

Dr. Murray is a certified writing analyst, graduate of the International Graphoanalysis Institute and a member of the American Association of Handwriting Analysts. He is also an experienced educator, school social worker and family therapist in Forest Park.

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.