Dear Thanks,

Thank you for your note and sample of your handwriting. You ask a very important question about how you can tell what a person is like from their handwriting, and the answer provides the basis for the art and science of handwriting analysis. A person’s handwriting is as individualized as their fingerprints. Just as no two people have the exact same fingerprints (even identical twins) no two people have exactly the same handwriting. No two writings are the same because no two people are the same, and writing reflects the personality, character, talents, goals, and thinking processes of the writer.

When someone takes a pen or pencil and writes on a sheet of paper, he or she is subconsciously projecting their personality on the paper, just as an artist projects himself into his paintings or a musician into her songs. For purposes of analysis, the way letters are formed is far more important than the words themselves.

Your handwriting is slow, connected, and has mixed slants and an erratic baseline, and is not very attractive. It has an immature quality to it so I believe you are young for your age. You write slowly and methodically so I believe you are cautious, anxious and tense. You think slowly so it might appear that you are not very intelligent. In fact, you are not very consistent emotionally. You can be friendly and outgoing and then suddenly withdraw and become moody. As a result, you have unstable working habits, and are sometimes confused between reality and illusion. Keeping on task is difficult for you.

The good news is that you are pretty realistic. You are aware of your limitations so you try to set practical goals for yourself. You live from day to day and do not spend a lot of time dreaming about the future. Also, you try to follow the rules and do the right thing at the right time. You seldom challenge authority, and you try to do a good job at whatever you undertake.

You are emotionally dependent so I think you will need someone to help you in getting along. You could probably do well in a sheltered workshop or some other type of supervised and structured employment.

Good luck to you.

To have your handwriting analyzed, send a sample to: James Murray, Wednesday Journal, 141 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302.