Tuesday Trait: Absentmindedness

Barless t’s and dotless i’s are good clues that a writer forgets things and/or is unobservant of details.


Tuesday Trait: Self-Deception

Tuesday Handwriting Analysis Trait: Self-Deception is evident in handwriting when lower-case ‘o’s have loops on the left side, leading into the letter. The larger the loop the larger the self-deceit. This person is not facing something in his or her life. Self-deceived people often have a different view of themselves than others do and may sometimes be described as “living in their own world”.  Thoughts?

Quick anecdote: I used to have this trait fairly regularly before I began changing my handwriting and decided to take it out.  I’d been rid of it for quite a while by the time I traveled to England with a friend last summer.  But as I kept a journal of our activities and impressions, I began noticing self-deception loops in many of my ‘o’s!  I was annoyed that they were all of the sudden coming back after all that time and couldn’t understand why that would be happening.  Finally one day it dawned on me: Chelsea and I had made a decision to completely ignore the fact that we had to go back to reality after all of our gallivanting…we both teach at the same school, and back at home we were awaited by lesson plans and crazy schedules.  We had made a pact to try very hard to avoid talking to each other about school-teaching (as much as we do love it) and focus on our time away.  It was when I remembered this pact (and the significant part of my life that I was choosing to ignore!) that I relaxed and no longer bothered about the loops in my ‘o’s.  Sure enough, they went away as soon as I came back to the States. :)

All the best,


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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All the best,


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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All the best,


Wednesday Words: Idealist Personality Type

Who are the other Idealists out there? http://www.davidmarkley.com/personality/idealist.htm. If you’re an Idealist, I’d love to see your handwriting!  Post it here on my Facebook page, or e-mail it to traittrackshandwriting@gmail.com.

I think that I’m so attracted to handwriting analysis mainly because I’m an Idealist type, so I wouldn’t be surprised if others interested in handwriting are the same!

All the best,


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.

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,


Free Handwriting Analysis! Curious?

I know I’ve been horrible about blogging lately, but please forgive me and hop over to my facebook fan page if you’d like your handwriting analyzed for FREE!  Post a picture of your signature or a portion of your normal handwriting, and I’ll give you three or so personality traits (they’ll be nice ones, I promise!).  Click here to say hi and post a pic. :)

All the best,