- 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