Personality Analysis of Margaret Thatcher’s Handwriting

Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister from 1979-1990, is an enormously influential political figure, and of course much of her influence stems from her personality.  Here are a few thoughts on her personality based on analysis of her handwriting.

Thatcher’s figure-eight ‘g’s and ‘f’s tell us that she is a very fluid thinker.  This ability enables her to speak well, write well, and overall communicate effectively.  She can move from topic to topic without getting lost.  For example see ‘good’ in the last line.

The most prominent things to me in Thatcher’s handwriting are her mid-air ‘t’-bars.  They rarely touch the actual ‘t’-stem, but seem to be flying away from them out toward the right.  When ‘t’s are crossed only on the right side, this indicates a writer’s tendency to lose his/her temper rather easily.  Stay out of Thatcher’s way when she’s angry!  For example, see… well, every ‘t’-bar.

Also note the length of her ‘t’-bars – they are often quite long.  The length (whether all the way on the right or more centered) shows us that Thatcher is a very enthusiastic woman with some serious drive.  Whatever she cares about she goes after wholeheartedly and with gusto.  This trait also indicates forward thinking.  This is a great stroke to have in your handwriting.  For example, see ‘Thatcher’ in her signature.

Thatcher’s writing slants uphill, which let’s us know that her outlook is optimistic.  She sees the future as bright, and her actions in the present reflect that.  Again, a very positive trait.

The personal pronoun ‘I’ in Thatcher’s writing is a straight line with no loops or flourishes.  This lets us know that she is independent, able to stand on her own two feet without huge amounts of support from family members.  She knows who she is apart from other people, and she acts based on what she personally believes is best.  The large spaces on either side of her ‘I’ further indicate her independence and also her need for personal space.  For example, see ‘I did appreciate it’ in the fourth line.

Lastly (though there is much more to be said!), Thatcher underlines her name, a sign of self-reliance and the ability to lead.  She has confidence in her own abilities, and others naturally feel confident in her as well.  This places her in a position to lead effectively and accomplish basically anything she sets her mind to accomplish.

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Personality Analysis of Bruce Lee’s Handwriting

Martial arts actor Bruce Lee makes it clear in this sample, entitled “My Definite Chief Aim”, that he knows what he wants out of his life, and he’s ready to go make it happen!  Read it and see for yourself.  Then take a look at some of the specific handwriting traits that I’ve highlighted below for insight into his personality.  His personality traits seem to lend themselves to Bruce Lee’s ability to reach his goals.

Bruce Lee is driven in part by a strong desire for attention.  When a person’s handwriting forms upward strokes pointing to the top of the page at the ends of words, we know that they like to stand out from the crowd.  They want to be recognized for their achievements and will be drawn to roles and vocations that fulfill this need.  For example, see “Aim” (the last word of the title).  This happens throughout the writing.

Lee has very long ‘y’s and ‘g’s which indicate physical drive and energy.  This trait is very positive, as it shows that Lee has the drive and energy it takes to get what he’s shooting for.  He probably has a difficult time sitting still for too long.  For example, see “quality” in the 6th line where both the ‘q’ and the ‘y’ are exceptionally long, compared with the other zones of his writing.

Draw your attention to the smooth figure-eight forms of his ‘g’s.  This is a sign of fluidity in either (or both) thought or movement.  This trait is not only common among writers and speakers, but also among dancers and others with vocations wherein skill of movement is involved.  For example, see “exciting” in the 4th line.

Lee’s thinking style is cumulative, which means that he prefers to learn new things thoroughly and systematically, layer upon layer.  This type of learning process lends itself well to structured training.  He takes his time to master each new idea or skill before feeling comfortable enough to move on to the next.  Cumulative thinking is indicated by rounded (as opposed to pointy or retraced) ‘m’ and ‘n’ tops.  For example, see the ‘m’s and ‘n’s in the title.

Bruce Lee enjoys a good debate or argument, and it’s likely that he may even pick fights just for the fun of it.  His unusually high-reaching ‘p’-stems indicate that he has a somewhat argumentative nature, with a tendency to take the opposing view just because he can.  For example, see “happiness” in the last line.

One of Lee’s best traits is his high self-esteem, indicated by the placement of his ‘t’-bars near or at the top of the stems.  Those with this trait have healthy self-respect.  They are willing to take calculated risks when it comes to their goals and refuse to put up with a bad situation for an inordinate amount of time.  They know they can do what they set their mind to, and so they have high standards for themselves.  For example, see the ‘t’-bar in “highest” in the second line.

Another great aspect of Lee’s personality is his optimism, indicated by the upward movement of his signature.  He is forward-thinking and sees the future as full of possibilities.  He believes that tomorrow will be better than today, the future brighter than the past.  This is a very healthy outlook.

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Handwriting Analysis of Charles Dickens

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.

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Charles Dickens – Test Your Handwriting Analysis Skills!

Dear readers,

If you’ve read my posts on Handwriting Analysis of Well-Known Figures (click to read them), then you’ll probably be able to remember several letter strokes that give you clues to someone’s personality.  For example, Hitler’s downward-pointing and sharp t-bars gave away his domineering nature (read about Hitler’s handwriting here).  Jane Austen’s argumentative side was revealed in her high-reaching p’s (read about Austen’s handwriting here).  We also found out about J.K. Rowling’s independence and need for alone-time  in her straight y-stems (read about Rowling’s handwriting here).  Most likely you remember a lot more!  So…here is your chance to test your skills and let me know what traits you see in Charles Dickens’ handwriting.  Comment with your thoughts (even if it’s just one trait), and I’ll post again soon with a full analysis.  Good luck!

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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!

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,


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Mozart’s Handwriting

Mozart, the famous child prodigy and composer of the Classical era, is the winner of my poll!  Please have a look at my handwriting analysis of him.

1. Mozart’s writing seems (though it is hard to tell from a picture and not a hard copy) to be heavy, especially in his signature.  It is dark and would probably leave indents on the other side of the paper on which he wrote.  This is a sign of emotional intensity.  Writers with this trait tend to feel all their emotions deeply and intensely.  Their emotions last for a long time, whether they be feelings of anger, love, excitement, etc.

2. Mozart must have had a quick and analytical mind, as evidenced by his pointy and v-shaped ‘m’s and ‘n’s.  This is a mark of a highly intelligent person who picks up information easily and sifts through it logically and skillfully.  These types of people are also very curious.

3. The figure-eight ‘f’s in Mozart’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.

4. Mozart’s lower-case ‘d’s look like Greek deltas: they form a circle at the baseline, flow upward over and to the left and do not retrace back down.  This trait is called the desire for culture and those with this trait appreciate and enjoy the finer side of life – they eat finely, dress finely, and of course have excellent taste in music, literature, etc.  (For an example of this, see the middle of the third line in the longer sample or what seems to be the same word in the second to last line.)

5. Notice the ‘y’s in Mozart’s signature: their down-stroke below the baseline veers out toward the right before curving back up instead of coming straight down.  This reveals a need for variety, especially in material and physical activities.  Those with this trait will never be happy doing the same thing day in and day out.  They seek a life of adventure, change and variety.

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