Dear Devin (I think),

I really appreciate your note even though I can’t read your name. Your illegible signature along with the large loops inside your small Os tell me that you are a secretive person who will go all around a question that you wish to avoid answering honestly. You are not a liar but you are a champion evader.

Your handwriting is also very right slanted, narrow, compressed, heavy, slow, connected, and has tall narrow upper and lower loops and has a falling baseline (writing slants down).

I believe the most significant characteristic of your script is how narrow and compressed it is. This means that you are restrained, disciplined, cautious, timid and quite inhibited. You are also self conscious, insecure, conservative and thrifty. It is difficult for you to express your real feelings, so you keep them to yourself.

You are reluctant to show your real emotions because you are so proud and dignified, and never want to be seen in a bad light. You take great pride in your appearance and in your work, so you can usually be counted on to do well at whatever you undertake. You are intelligent and a logical thinker, but it is very important to you for others to take note of your accomplishments. When you do not receive what you consider to be your due you become disappointed, unhappy and pessimistic. Inferiority feelings are a problem for you despite your many good qualities, so I would hope you could try to look at the bright side of things.

Some of your positive personal qualities, in addition to your intelligence, are your energy, vitality, tenacity, conscientiousness, determination, discipline, idealism and a real desire for personal greatness. The lack of a base on your capital l suggests that you may have grown up without a father or an adequate father figure. If this is true, it is probably difficult for you to understand or relate to men.

I would recommend that you try to write evenly on paper not allowing your script to fall. This should remind you to keep a positive outlook on life. Also I would recommend that you try not to press so hard on your pen and that you leave more room between your letters. This should remind you to “loosen up” a little emotionally. Also, try to write your name clearly so that everyone can read it. This should remind you to be more open.

Peace and good luck to you.

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.