Whew! Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol and many other classics, is one of those individuals with many, many prominent and intriguing personality traits in his handwriting. It is extremely difficult to chose from among them which to share here! I have chosen seven traits to discuss, but if you see the others, please feel free to comment! So, without further ado, the personality of Charles Dickens:
1. For the most part, Dickens seems to have high self-esteem, meaning he sets high goals for himself and is willing to take risks to reach them. This can be seen in the fact that he crosses his ‘t’s at the top (or very nearly) of the stems. For example, “that” in the second line of the first sample.
2. Speaking of his ‘t’-bars, notice that they also often slant downward to the right and end in a sharp point. He was likely domineering, perhaps a control-freak type. He probably whined when he didn’t get his way. For an example of this trait, see the third word, second line, second sample….also most of the other ‘t’s. :)
3. Dickens enjoyed a good argument, and maybe even picked fights for the fun of it. His argumentative side is revealed by the ‘p’s that jut upward before forming the round part of the letter. For example, see the first word of the second sample.
4. Dickens’ handwriting shows aggression, which in some personalities is merely a verbal pushiness or the tendency to be in people’s faces when talking to them, while in others it can mean literal physical aggression. This trait shows up in letters such as ‘y’, when the ‘y’-stem forms a ‘v’-shape out to the right. For example, see the only word in the third line of the second sample.
5. Dickens appreciated and enjoyed fine cultural experiences such as quality literature, food, travel and music. His desire for culture is seen in the way his lower-case ‘d’-stems do not return to the baseline, but sweep back to the left in a delta-like way. This trait is fairly common in literary personalities. For example, see “and” in the first line of the first sample.
6. Also fairly common in the handwriting of authors (or speakers) is fluidity of thought, and Dickens has this as well. His fluid thinking allows him to smoothly move from one idea to another, knowing how he arrived there and where he is going next. This trait shows up when lower-case ‘g’ and/or ‘f’ form a figure-eight shape. For example, see the second word in the second line of the second sample.
6. Lastly, probably the most obvious thing in the top sample is the way Dickens underlines his name multiple times. Simply underlining one’s name is actually almost always a good trait. It denotes self-reliance and the ability to lead. Dickens’ signature, however, is way overdone, and his sense of extreme self-importance is likely a mask for some insecurity.
Comment with your thoughts either here or on my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/traittracks.handwriting where I have also posted a sample. For handwriting analysis of other well-known figures, click here. Until next time!
All the best,