How to Interpret Handwriting

Your handwriting is as unique as your fingerprint and can be a window to your personality.


  • Step 1: Gather samples and assess Gather as many handwriting samples as you can from the person you want to analyze. Spontaneously written samples are best.
  • TIP: Signatures are deliberate and won’t reveal much.
  • Step 2: Look at size Notice the size of the writing. Large writing indicates someone looking for attention, while small writing means they are private and introspective.
  • Step 3: Gauge the pressure Gauge the pressure the writer used. Dark writing that takes a lot of pressure means the person has a lot of energy; light pressure shows a lack of vitality.
  • TIP: No one indicator alone is as revealing as many examined together.
  • Step 4: Study the slant Study the slant to gauge the writer’s emotional makeup. A slant to the right indicates warm, caring, and emotional. A vertical slant indicates a person who tries to control their emotions. A left slant signifies someone who conceals their emotions.
  • Step 5: Note the baseline Note the baseline, especially if the writing is on unlined paper. A straight baseline indicates someone who is anxious and regimented. A baseline that trails downward indicates depression or pessimism, while upward shows an optimistic person.
  • Step 6: Look at spaces between letters and words Look at the space between letters and words. Letters close together indicate someone who is self-conscious. A lot of space between words shows a loner. Someone who is self-confident and enjoys people will show average spacing.
  • FACT: Did you know? The U.S. Constitution has the signatures of 39 delegates.

You Will Need

  • Handwriting samples

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