Dear Betty,

Thank you very much for your interesting and unusual writing sample. It is unusual in that it rises from left to right while the strokes mostly slant to the left. Usually, writing that rises slants to the right.

The fact that your writing rises so significantly means that you are an optimist. You try to be cheerful and see the brighter side of any situation. You seldom feel the odds are against you and you have faith in the future and in yourself. You believe things will turn out fine. In addition to being optimistic you are also ambitious, restless and eager to escape the demands of routine.

Your writing slant is primarily backhanded, although some of your strokes are vertical and even rightward. Backhand writing means that you keep your emotional responses under control. Since you usually don’t show your feelings very few people ever really get to know you well. Because your public image is quite polished most people will be surprised to learn that you are really emotionally withdrawn. You know how to be socially charming while remaining emotionally aloof. You repress your feelings, and your fears and anxieties are not acknowledged.

You are pretty close-mouthed and can be relied upon not to divulge secrets. You are a careful and cautious person who is independent, determined, and good at detail work. You are also pretty much a traditionalist who tries to follow rules and do the right thing at the right time. In your work you are efficient and precise.

Betty, you are a logical thinker, so you sometimes reach conclusions slowly and through careful logic. You should never hurry your decision making process because you need the time to gather your thoughts and put them together.

I notice that you cross your Ts at the top of the stem and this tells me that you set high goals for yourself and are a long range planner. You have dreams and ambitions but you never lose sight of the present, so you keep yourself grounded in reality.

Betty, you are more introverted than extroverted so I know you are patient, orderly, and methodical. At times you can be sarcastic and self-conscious as well as shy and socially isolated, but you are also practical, realistic, and organized. You like to put things together, arrange them in proper order, and deliver them systematically. You could be a good accountant.

Much good luck and happiness 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.