As you might suspect, each style reveals something different about the writer.
As you might suspect, each style reveals something different about the writer.
Recognized as a prime minister who transformed the face of Britain, Margaret Thatcher will be remembered as one of the most important figures in modern British history.
After 11 years in power – and winning three elections, she had been prime minister longer than anyone else in the 20th century.
Earlier this week I was contacted by the editor in chief at Vice Magazine in Amsterdam to give my thoughts on a “mystery” handwriting sample. All I was told is that this was the writing of a famous Dutch person (no gender or any other information was given) and it would not be revealed who it was until after I gave my analysis.
I was game.
As it turns out, the mystery person is Joran van der Sloot and the article just came out. However the article is in Dutch and much of what I said was lost in translation in the article so I’m posting my original thoughts here.
Here were my findings, some of which were left out of the article:
When I looked at the writing of this “mystery” person, several things jump off the page at once. I’m focused on “how” he (or she) writes far more than “what” he writes. The writing indicates he is going to be very careful with what he is saying and how he comes across. Control is very important to this person; it is as important as breathing. Much is at stake. Multiple indicators reveal he is coming across one way, but much is going on behind the scenes that he is concealing.
He will go bonkers if he is thrown into a cell with even one other person. He must have, craves, personal space around him to hold it together, and yes he is thinking a lot, absorbing everything. He is a planner- one wonders if he is planning an escape route. He is cerebral, logical, head oriented, mental activities are important – he prefers to be perceived as poised, calm and collected but is prone to impulsive and erratic mood swings. Although much of the writing appears to be written with a vertical slant (revealing poise, objectivity, reasoning abilities, and a reserved nature) upon closer inspection there will be sudden thrusts to the right in the slant of the writing, showing bursts of emotion and impulsiveness. At those times he will express warmth and the desire to connect with others. However the personal pronoun I is often written with a left slant, revealing what is going on deeply personally with him is anyone’s guess. He won’t be revealing it. These multiple slants reveal mood swings that could give someone whiplash, ultimately.
Much more is going on beneath the surface, including some anger as is revealed in the t, where the t-bars are crossed to the right of the t-stem only. The precisely planted i-dots reveal this writer has a memory like an elephant.
The printing and other structures reveal the need for control is a very high priority and will come before the need for intimacy and relationships.
You can read the full article here along with 2 of my esteemed colleagues comments. That is, if you can read Dutch. http://www.vice.com/nl/read/ook-uit-zijn-handschrift-blijkt-dat-joran-van-der-sloot-een-psychopaat-is
More about this young man at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joran_van_der_sloot
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This morning I was contacted by a columnist for the Washington Post, Emily Heil, whose column is “In the Loop” and was asked to analyze the signature of Jack Lew, the new chief of staff for Obama who is about to be nominated for Treasury Secretary. This would mean his signature would be on every dollar bill. Here is the link to see his signature. Here is that article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/jack-lews-loopy-signature-shows-his-softer-side/2013/01/09/1a008d70-5a9a-11e2-beee-6e38f5215402_blog.html
I thought I would add a few more thoughts for you “write” here.
So first off John Hancock’s birthday is in January, and research indicates he was born on January 23.
As a result National Handwriting Analysis Week was born!
It is the week of January 19-25th. Yes there seems to be a national week for just about everything.
Our signature is our own personal branding or logo for the world to see. And we put forth an image, knowingly or unknowingly to the public when we write, scrawl or draw our name.
The character traits that show up in a signature carry quite a bit more weight than the rest of the writing, yet no one could or should be fully analyzed by just his signature alone.
When a signature is legible, the writer is willing to be “seen” for who he really is. When the signature is illegible…..well you do the math.
In other words, an illegible signature means the writer may be willing to be seen, but will keep who he really is, private.
He wishes to keep his true identity under wraps. Is there a little secretiveness, well yes.
***When you find big circles in one’s signature it means the writer has a philosophy of “Hugs not Drugs” They are going to have a softer approach to problem solving. ***
It is the rounder circular handwriting that reveals this tendency.
Another prominent political public figure who also had very rounded handwriting was Princess Diana. But she did not have a a signature that looked like a slinky.
You have people who write with a lot of points, angles and wedges, and these writers are going to approach problem solving in a very different way.
This signature doesn’t have the visual clarity and ease of reading as the strong yet flamboyant signature of John Hancock
and some may look at this signature and say he could be setting himself up to be called Chief Yo Yo only because his signature seems to resemble a yo yo or at least a doodle.
Anyway NOW can we make cursive handwriting mandatory in schools again??
We have lost a lot of celebrities this year! I chose this autographed picture of Larry Hagman from his early years when he was about to let the cat-out-of-the-bag….er the genie-out-of-the-bottle! (I Dream of Genie)
As is often the case with Artists (with a capital “A”) who have honed their craft extremely well, it would seem they have much fuel they are puling from with their own personal dreams and demons.
It doesn’t take a trained eye to spot the circle around or mostly through his name. When one draws a circle in one’s name, it is a sign of self protection.
Typically for this to be true, it must hover above the name at the very least, covering the signature like an umbrella protects from the elements. Unfortunately he writes this stroke in such a way that he crosses through his own name.
That’s just never a good idea.
When we cross through our own signature, it’s a form of self sabotage covering up an inferior feeling of unworthiness. He shows a dichotomy with his large first initials which reveal a healthy ego. One needs that to survive Hollywood!
The drive and ambition is obtuse! Looooong lower loops travel well beneath the baseline revealing Hagman’s intense drive and ambition.
I’m betting he could memorize his lines well and quickly! The speed of his writing shows he thinks fast, eats fast and probably loved to drive that rocket fast! He just must be careful not to gloss over important details.
The threaded writing especially in his last name, (see the structure that looks like a piece of thread has come unraveled?) is multifaceted and shows complexity. The threaded writing turns into a caution stroke yet with an up-slant, revealing optimism or at least the drive to overcome any obstacles thrown his way.
What drive to be working right up to your death bed, and fighting cancer along the way. These traits were in his signature decades before his passing. But they seem to be woven into his character, for all time.
R.I.P. Larry Hagman. Thank you for the memories and entertaining us so well for so long.
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Phyllis Diller: Queen of Comedy. Dies in her sleep at age 95 with a smile on her face.
Trivia: Diller posed for Playboy — but the pictures were never published.
What does Phyllis Diller’s Handwriting Reveal?
While her on stage persona was wild and eccentric, her handwriting was not.
First off, who ever heard of a celebrity where you could actually read their autograph!?
Sure they exist but it’s not very common.
Certain structures in her writing (hint: the letter h) reveal this woman had a great heart and treated others as she would like to be treated.
The letter H often reveals one’s personal philosophy and how they treat their spirituality. In other words the letter H can reveal who is agnostic to who lives by the Golden Rule to has grown disenchanted by their religion to who sits in church but never heard a word that was spoken.
( I like to nickname that stroke “The Church Lady H”)
The “h” in John reveals she respects whoever John is and thinks well of him.
And who can miss that billboard sized word - LOVE?
While Diller’s humor was self-deprecating, she greatly appreciated the stage and her audiences. You don’t have to be a graphologist to see she wasn’t afraid to hold back all the love in her heart (again look at the size of the word “love” compared to the rest of the writing) and spill it on to her audiences, into her life.
She was doing what she LOVED to do.
She printed the word Love, she didn’t write it in cursive so she was keeping her boundaries in tact and keeping a bit of separation even though she emphasized it so big and boldly.
I like that her signature is written in the same style as the rest of the writing, despite it being a short and sweet sample.
It shows emotional authenticity.
See those nice sized loops in the all her “l” letters?
They are just right.
Check yours? Do your small letter l’s (cursive) have loops in them?
If not take a cue from Phyllis Diller. She had hopes and dreams for the future and she also had vision.
I guess that is why another famous lady comedienne was quoted as saying…..
Phyllis Diller “broke the way for every woman comedian.” Joan Rivers
R.I.P. PHYLLIS DILLER
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Jennifer Aniston is in the news today, happily engaged to Justin Theroux.
We all wish her well!
Here is an analysis I did of Jennifer Anistons writing during her break up with Brad Pitt.
You can watch it here now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE7xBIsucDk
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AHEM, NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION….
Michael Phelps’ signature will be analyzed below.
But first things first.
Watching the Olympics is something I hope never goes out of style.
There seems to be an unspoken creed among the millions of television viewers that implies it is okay to suspend time, place a pause in the to-do list,
kick back guilt-lessly, guilelessly and nestle into that ole favorite overstuffed chair.
The permission granted, actually encouraged, to become a couch potato
at intermittent intervals for the duration of the Olympics, is widespread.
This taking-a-break is for such a worthy cause, the cheering on of one’s Country, that the very act of doing so creates instant relaxation.
This is a time when skeptics set aside their skepticism and somewhere inside, everyone’s Inner Idealist is allowed to come out and share a bowl
of popcorn as we drift into another reality…..
One where we witness dreams coming true and Heroes being born.
A deep sense of inspiration wells up in my chest, as I’m sure it does
yours, as I witness the indomitable spirit of these athletes who
risk it all for the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.
They give the best they have to the world.
There is something as pure and old fashioned as flags waving and apple pie being served on checkered tablecloths when rooting for the U.S. of A and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
And now….Michael Phelps.
Did you know when he ran his first race?
The answer is below.
But seriously folks….can you spot where the indomitable spirit show itself in Phelps’ signature?
(Once you learn where it is, check to see if you have it in your own writing!)
If you had to pick one thing in Michael Phelps signature that stood out as a singular contributing factor to what makes him a winner, what would you guess it to be?
This is the question I posed to my fans and friends on Facebook-
Here were just a few of the guesses.
(These were from curious on-lookers; they are not my graphology students. The names haven’t been changed. Why should I protect the innocent?)
“I am not very good with this, but I notice that his m looks like boobs, maybe he has a mommy hang up?” Steve Warpenburg, my cousin
“BIG, BIG Upper Case…fading to unintelligible lower case…with flair at end. Perhaps he should have been a gymnast.” Janet Aitken….my other cousin
Here were other guesses from non-relatives.
“Hmmm, how about top of consonants all much higher than those lowly little vowels “ Carey Ungvary
“I’d say in the M, h, l. The P in his first name as well. It seems like they are jumping over the moon! “ Vickie Leigh Krudwig
“Big swooping M & P??? What did I win?” Charles Reynolds
See folks, you don’t have to a graphologist to see that there is more than meets the eye in handwriting. Not bad, not bad at all. Allow me to give some further insight.
My Analysis of Michael Phelps Signature:
1. The M and P are quite large.
Lesson: When the first initials are very large compared to the rest of the signature, the writer is known to have a “healthy ego.” They have a strong Sense of Self. This is usually required to be successful in the world at large.
2. The height of the upper loops are disproportionately tall compared to the middle zone letters in his name. ( i, a, e, s)
Lesson: These are indicators that Phelps knows, doesn’t think, doesn’t believe, and doesn’t have blind faith… this man KNOWS that what he is doing is r.i.g.h.t. He takes much pride in himself and what he does. He is dogmatic about being right. He will prefer high achievement to free expression and emotional satisfaction.Any kind of rejection can be very tough on these Souls. The downside is, when this trait is present in one’s writing, it will typically trip them up in their personal relationships. That is another subject for another day.
3. He has threaded writing.
Lesson: In graphology when the writing is strung out like a piece of thread, the writer’s mind works so fast that he sacrifices form. The danger is this translates literally in life. This particular trait indicates that Phelps can easily see the end result of a situation. He is innately impatient and is instinctually driven to race to the finish line because he can figure out how to get there, so well, so easily. The problem with threaded writing is that one inevitably glosses over those finite details and when those details are ignored, they will always come back to bite us in the behind!
Which leads us to ………
4. The capital M in his signature is very round. It is not angular.
Lesson: Phelps has interesting checks and balances in place. (So do you by the way! Everyone has checks in balances in their writing and I love that about the complexity of the Human Spirit and how it gets revealed in your handwriting.)
Notice the speed of his signature? You can tell he didn’t take a lot of painstaking time to jot off his name. Phelps can be impatient and that is death to a winner. ONE mistake can cost him the Gold. Sooooo one of the checks and balances that show up in his writing is the overtly rounded M. This is not an angular M. No sireeee. People who write with rounded m’s and n’s process things s l o w l y and deliberately! They love routine. Practice practice practice!
They will weigh their options very thoroughly and very carefully. It may take them awhile to come to the final conclusion (of how to win this race in such a way that he walks away with the Gold!) However once they do, they will stand firm by their decisions. And by this time, he knows he is beyond right. (As we determined earlier.)
5. The i dot is placed directly above the i stem.
Lesson: Precise and deliberately positioned i dots represent a good memory and attention to detail.
In the haste to scribble his autograph, Phelps unconsciously yet deliberately positions the i dot precisely above the i stem. It is not flung off to the right or to the left, despite the fact that most of the other letters are illegible.
It’s not just Phelps’ body that moves at the speed of light, his mind is also a steel trap that moves at Olympian speed. I love that he has checks and balances in place to keep himself in check so that he will not make mistakes.
As I always say, we all have Good and “Un-good” in our handwriting. It’s a fascinating honor to take a look inside the mind of an Olympian Gold Medalist.
5. Ending stroke. Classic of a Winner.
Truth be told, the first thing I spotted when I looked at this signature was the ending stroke to the last letter in his last name. That v-shaped angular ending stroke at the end of his last name is at a 45 degree angle. This is a CLASSIC text book example of a person who meets all challenges bravely and courageously. This writer will look at a problem as a challenge to conquer. Their philosophy in life is “There are no problems there are only solutions.”
Don’t believe me? Here is a quote by Phelps that drives the point home.
The point is, we may not all have been born Olympic Swimmers, but perhaps we were all born a natural graphologist. So much more is vibrating off the page than the words. The WAY we write reveals more than words could ever say.
Disclaimer: No person can ever be fully analyzed by their signature alone. However what does show up in a signature carries 3-5 times the weight of importance compared to the rest of the writing.
What does your signature say about you? Contact Kathi@KathiMcKnight.com to find out!
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Chris Anderson, or The Birdman is in the news these days, but not for the usual reasons.
You won’t be surprised to see his autograph stands out as much as his physical appearance. We need more handwriting to address the current crime he is being accused of.
But you can see from his signature that he plays and lives outside of the box!
His autograph reveals he is rebellious and showy and takes up a lot of room. He is animated, needs a lot of attention. Also that he will try to mercilessly dominate and control those around him.
The height of this completely tattooed very talented very rebellious famous basketball player is 6’10”.
We were at the same event last year and he stood out above the crowd. I didn’t know who he was until a friend told me. So naturally I had to introduce myself and get his autograph for my repertoire. When I told William Shatner who I was and got his autograph he wanted to know what it said. The Birdman was too into his girlfriend to care what his handwriting revealed.
So what do you think? Would you like to give it a shot as to what his signature reveals about him?
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