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 [email protected] to find out!

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