Dear Marianne,

Thank you very much for your letter and sample of your very attractive handwriting. Please thank your mother for suggesting that you write in and for reading the Review and this column in particular.

You have very nice handwriting, Marianne. It is neat, legible, small, rightward, light, and is filled with garland connectors. Garlands are the “cup like” strokes connecting the letters.

Since you are a garland writer I know you are passive and noncompetitive. Your great desire in life is to avoid conflict. You are friendly, kindhearted, adaptable and flexible, but your strong need for security makes you feel threatened by any changes in your home, family, or lifestyle.

You are conventional and want communication with and acceptance by other people. You want to be needed and need to be wanted. You care deeply about what others think of you and want to come off positively. You are emotional in relationships and require lots of attention. You are verbal, realistic, very generous, and flexible. Your thinking processes are rapid (so you are smart) but not particularly original.

These garland formations also show that you are sincere, kind, sociable, sympathetic, and very much of a humanitarian.

You can be overly emotional, easily influenced, irritable, and distractible.

Your writing is light or fine, Marianne, and this tells me that you are feminine, sensitive, forgiving, spiritual, idealistic, and tolerant. Your intentions are always good but your willpower is not strong so you could easily succumb to the dominance of a heavier writer.

The fact that your writing is legible, connected, and has straight baselines means that you are emotionally stable, dependable, practical, logical, cooperative and honest. You are restless and if your mind isn’t continually stimulated you easily become bored. You need mental challenges and you are fond of puzzles and games. You were probably a good student.

Good luck to you and to your mother.

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.