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!


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