Dear Myrna,

Thank you very much for your note. I’m happy you enjoyed my presentation, because I certainly enjoyed doing it.

I can’t remember what I told you twenty years ago, which isn’t surprising because I can’t even remember what I said yesterday, so you have to be the judge regarding any changes.

I do look at my own writing every day and I usually become aware of emotional changes more quickly by looking at my writing than by evaluating my feelings and actions. Sometimes I scare myself.

Myrna, your handwriting is legible, heavy, connected and has long, heavy strokes in the lower zone.

These long strokes (on bottom of your small Ys and Gs) are significant because they reveal your great determination, tenacity, persistence and will power, and it is these characteristics that have enabled you to accomplish much in your life. Because you are determined you are a good worker, especially on long range projects (like raising a family).

You are strong-willed and have the ability to compel others through your dynamic personality. You set practical and realistic goals for yourself and do not let anything or anybody deter you from achieving them. Some people perceive you as being aggressive, and you are. You consciously exert willpower to overcome bad habits and improve yourself. You believe a person who can control herself can control others.

You are a very bright person, Myrna. You learn quickly and you have a curious mind. At times, you feel conflict between your keen mind and your yielding nature, so you must continually be vigilant and exercise self-control. This inner battle sometimes leaves you feeling weak and frustrated. Your physical needs and wants are strong (food, drink, variety, pleasure etc.) You must always exercise personal discipline so you can control your emotions rather than having them control you.

In addition to the characteristics mentioned above you are proud, brave (not afraid of challenges), energetic, kind, tolerant, sincere, sensitive, curious, dignified, dependable and emotionally stable. At times, you can be sarcastic, stubborn, restless and defensive, but nobody is perfect.

How does this compare with your analysis of twenty years ago?

Thank you again for your writing. I hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving.

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.