The Holiday You Didn’t Know Existed & The Classes Inspired By It

Hello and Happy New Year!

2011 should be full of new and useful experiences and learning, as I’m sure those of you with ‘New Year Resolutions’ will concur.  To this end, I’d like to invite anyone interested in people, personalities, effective communication, psychology, and/or bringing more fulfillment to their lives to the TraitTracks Handwriting Analysis classes I’ll be hosting beginning in January.

There will be a total of 8 classes spanning from mid-January to late April.  Each class easily stands on its own, and any that you attend will give you great insight into the thought processes, behaviors, and inner workings of yourself and others.  If you’re feeling ambitious, attendance of all 8 classes will give you a full overview of handwriting analysis and enable you to accurately and fluently analyze most any writing in Latin-based languages.  The dates and topics are below:

Jan. 15 – INTRODUCTION: Why Handwriting Analysis Works and What You Naturally Already Know About It

Jan. 29 – GENERAL BEHAVIOR: Clues to Emotional Expressiveness, Sociability & Decision-making

Feb. 12 – FEARS & DEFENSES: Unwanted Traits and How to Be Free of Them

Feb. 26 – COMMUNICATION & HONESTY: Clues to Secrecy, Talkativeness & Deception

March 12 – SUCCESS TRAITS: Valuable Traits and How to Incorporate Them

March 26 – INTELLIGENCE & THINKING STYLE: Guide to Quick, Methodical, and Muddled Thought Processes and How They Affect Behavior

April 9 – TRAIT STACKING: Putting Together the Pieces of a Personality

April 30 – RELATIONSHIPS & COMPATIBILITY: Interaction of Two Personalities

All classes will meet Saturdays 12:00-2:00pm at my home in Moscow, ID.  During a brief break between the two hours of instruction, we’ll enjoy refreshments and conversation before getting back to the handwriting fun.  It just so happens that the week of January 10 is National Handwriting Analysis Week, in honor of the birthday of John Hancock (12th of Feb.), famous for his prominent signature on the Declaration of Independence!  In recognition of his courage, leadership and memorable ‘John Hancock’, we’ll be kicking things off during National Handwriting Analysis Week on Jan. 15 with a discounted class.  Prices are below:

Intro Class Price: $15

Individual Class Price: $25 ($40 per couple)

Price for 4 Classes: $75 ($135 per couple)

Price for All 8 Classes: $150 ($280 per couple)

Since these classes will take place in my living room, space is somewhat limited. :) E-mail me at to secure your spot in the introductory class.  Even if you are unable to attend personally, please pass on this information to anyone who may be interested in enriching their understanding of people and personalities.

All the best,

Allie Bradley, Certified Handwriting Analyst & Graphotherapist


Handwriting Analysis of Emily Dickinson

Here, by special request from a reader, is a personality analysis of poetess Emily Dickinson’s handwriting.  Click on the picture of her writing to view a larger version.

The rightward slant of Dickinson’s handwriting shows that she is emotionally expressive.  She is likely more heart-ruled than head-ruled.  She often relies more on her desires rather than data or pure judgment.  She is affectionate and sympathetic, expressing what she feels.

Dickinson’s ‘t’-bars are very long; this is a highly valuable trait that indicates enthusiasm and drive.  People with this trait are very excited and driven when it comes to their aspirations and interests and have the ability to spread that enthusiasm to other people.

Her t-bars are also slanted downwards.  People with this trait tend to be good leaders and enjoy being in command.  This is the trait of dominance.

Many of Dickinson’s ‘t’s form a star-shape as she cross them without lifting her pen.  This is a sign of persistence, and those with this particular trait usually finish what they begin, even if it means having to overcome challenges in their way.

Okay, one more thing about the ‘t’s.  (There are more traits visible in the lower case ‘t’ than in any other single letter of the alphabet!).  Notice that she crosses her ‘t’s very high on the stem, usually at the very top or even above the stem so that the bar floats by itself.  The height plus the length of her ‘t’-bars indicate that she is a ‘dreamer‘, that is, someone whose goals are extremely high and she can literally see herself reaching them.  She is a visionary.  Along with high goals comes high self-esteem as well: Dickinson has much self-respect and healthy personal boundaries.

The incompleteness of Dickinson’s personal pronoun ‘I’ indicates a lack of presence of one or both of her parents or parent-figures.

Dickinson often leaves large spaces in between her words.  This indicates a need for personal space.  She may be caring and expressive, but she also needs her space and probably some alone time as well.  Give her some room.

Similarly, Dickinson has an independent nature, as shown by her ‘y’s which often go straight down below the baseline and do not curve upward again.  She prefers not to need other people all the time, but rather to get the job done on her own.

The sharply-pointed tops and bottoms of Dickinson’s ‘m’s and ‘n’s show that she thinks quickly and analyzes everything.  She is curious about many things and loves to investigate ideas for herself.  She probably gets impatient with people who don’t think as quickly as she does.

The figure-eight ‘f’s and ‘g’s in Dickinson’s writing reveal fluidity of thought. This is a common trait in writers, speakers, musicians, and dancers.  People with this stroke formation move easily from one thought to another without losing track of where they are, how they got there, and where they’re going.

Dickinson likely enjoys a good banter.  Her ‘p’-stems have high points above the rounded part, which indicates argumentativeness.  Given her quick and fluid thinking, she was probably very skilled in an argument!

Notice that Dickinson’s lower-case ‘d’s are written like a Greek delta .  This trait is especially common in readers and writers, and the trait name is “Desire for Culture.”  Those with this trait relish fine food, travel, literature, music, and other things of that nature.

Thank you to those who made it all the way through this long post!  Sometimes it’s just too hard to decide which five or so of the numerous traits in the handwriting to actually include here on the blog.  Please comment with any thoughts.  I know basically nothing about Emily Dickinson’s life, so I’d love to know more!

All the best,


PS – Handwriting analysis of more well-known figures can be found by clicking here.  Next up: Author of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens!

Real Smile, Fake Smile

Ever want to know for SURE if someone is happy about the gift you gave them?  They always say that they love it, but who really knows, right?  Well, you can.  Take this short and fun quiz that tests your ability to spot real vs. fake smiles.  It is based on the science of body language and facial expressions that you might be familiar with if you watch Lie to Me.  At the end, you’ll see your results and find out what gives away the fakers.  Only take it if you can handle knowing the truth on Christmas morning though. :)

All the best and Merry Christmas!


‘A Wonderful Experience’

A friend of mine recently wrote this review of TraitTracks Handwriting Analysis.
[Having my handwriting analyzed] was a wonderful experience. I am so glad I had it done. I was shocked at the accuracy. I also felt incredibly comfortable talking to you. I thought it was very entertaining. It made me want to look at everyone’s handwriting as well. :)
Thank you, Joy!  To read what others have to say about TraitTracks, click here.
All the best,

The Tolkien Professor

One of my college professors, Dr. Jonathan McIntosh, sent me a link yesterday to a website with lectures by the “Tolkien Professor”, Corey Olsen.  I’ve only listened to the first lecture so far, but I’m already a huge fan!  Olsen has obviously done his research and really knows what he’s talking about.  In his introductory lecture, he touched on one of my favorite branches of Tolkien studies, that of why Tolkien disliked allegory and why he wished for no reader to dissect his works in an allegorical way.  This was the topic of my college thesis a couple of years ago and remains an area of interest for me.  If you’re a Tolkien reader or simply curious, visit to hear some great lectures.

All the best,


PS – Read my analysis of Tolkien’s handwriting here.

Handwriting Analysis of Jane Austen

Jane Austen, well-loved author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and others, has beautiful and unique writing that reveals much about her personality.  Click on the image above to view a larger version.  Here are a few of the traits I found in her writing:

1. Rightward Slant – Miss Austen noticeably slants to the right in her cursive.  This is normal for people of highly expressive natures.  She shows her emotions, feels comfortable expressing herself, and demonstrates compassion.  She easily sympathizes with others.

2. Desire for Culture – The lower case ‘d’ (as in ‘Friday’ at the top of the letter) that ends with a stroke high and to the left instead of returning to the baseline indicates a love for elegance, high art, fine dining, literature, and music.

3. Enthusiasm – Miss Austen’s long, rightward ‘t’-bars (as in ‘told’, ‘the’ and ‘weather’ in the first line and many following words) indicate a high level of enthusiasm, especially with regards to her interests.  This is a common trait of very successful people.  Those with this stroke are future-oriented and driven.

4. Independence – Though I said above that Miss Austen likes people and relates well to them, she also has an independent streak that shows up in her ‘y’s that end in a straight stroke below the baseline but do not veer out toward the left (as in ‘Friday’ and ‘My’ at the top).  People with this stroke prefer to get things done on their own, to not need anyone and not be needed in return.  They also do not mind spending time alone and have a need to be away from people now and then.  Not all of Austen’s ‘y’s look like this, so this personality trait would likely have shown up in some situations and not in others.  This can be a desirable trait as it also includes a sense of determination when the ‘y’ is especially heavy and straight.

5. Argumentativeness – The ‘p’ that separates from the stem and reaches high into the middle (and even upper zone) of handwriting reveals an argumentative nature.  Those with this trait might argue just for the fun of it and enjoy good verbal banter.  For examples of this ‘p’, see ‘prevent’ in the second line and ‘opportunity’ in the last line of the first paragraph.

6. Diplomacy – Many of Miss Austen’s ‘m’s begin with a hump that is taller than the others.  This is the sign of diplomacy, or the ability to approach even potentially sticky subjects with tact and grace.  This, coupled with the fact that she writes with a rightward slant, leads me to believe that Miss Austen probably had excellent social skills and was good with people.

All this talk about Jane Austen makes me want to pick up a book!  I’m off…

All the best,


PS – See handwriting analysis of more well-known figures by clicking here!