Handwriting Analysis: A Description

My second post – woohoo!

As I promised, this will be an explanation of “handwriting analysis”, the matter that makes up my new business, TraitTracks.   In the most basic sense, handwriting analysis is the science of taking the habitual strokes in one’s handwriting and deducing from them what personality traits one has.  For example, a dagger-point t-bar indicates a tendency toward sarcasm.  Some traits make a lot of sense, such as heavy-pressured writing indicating a person with a lot of emotional intensity.  Other traits we know because of the many, many studies that have been done that show that everyone who has some specific formation in a certain letter has a specific personality trait.  There are many patterns and themes in the analysis that make a lot of sense as you really work through it.

The first book on handwriting analysis was written in 1662, so it is hardly a new concept.  In Germany and especially France, this science is well-known and treated with respect, though in the US it is still often viewed with skepticism.  That is until the skeptic has his handwriting analyzed and sees how accurate it is! :)

Your handwriting is formed both by your conscious and subconscious mind.  In this way it is similar to body language or facial expressions.  We are obviously able to consciously jump when we have a mind to, but how many of us choose to start suddenly when something frightens us?  And isn’t it hard to keep a stable tone of voice or keep our hands off our face while we’re telling a lie?  These are things we do subconsciously.  Handwriting is similar because many of the strokes we make are conscious (especially down-strokes, which we use mainly in print writing), but more of them are subconscious (especially up-strokes, used more in cursive writing).  For this reason, your handwriting reveals both your conscious and subconscious personality traits.

I have had the pleasure of analyzing at least a couple hundred samples of handwriting over the last year or so, and every time I analyze someone new, I learn something.  And what’s more fun is that they learn something as well!  “Knowing yourself” is not a self-centered concept or goal when you’re dealing with it wisely.  Isn’t it helpful to know and recognize that you have a quick temper so that you can then work to change it?  Doesn’t knowing your strengths give you insight into what career choices you ought to make?  I love handwriting analysis because of its many and varied applications to everyday life.  It allows you to see yourself objectively, find your strengths and weaknesses and from there charge forth or take a step back and reassess your character.  It also allows you to be more compassionate toward others that you may have originally judged since the study of people’s behaviors, motives, fears and defenses gives you a much fairer picture of what makes someone the way they are.

I hope this clears up any confusion there may have been about this weird “handwriting thing” that Allie’s been up to lately. :)  Please let me know if you have any questions, and I’d be more than happy to answer them!  My next post on this topic will hopefully be some more application of this science to everyday life and choices.

Thank you for reading!

All the best,



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