As National Stationery Week draws to a close, we thought #FountainPenFriday was a great opportunity to delve into the curious world of graphology; the study of our handwriting and what it might say about us. And as well as the concept itself, we also look at how you could use the results of the study to improve your writing techniques. Time to get our research hats on.
There’s actually more to it than you might think, and the skill of developing your writing techniques can be a wonderful thing and benefit you in many ways, both personally and professionally. Graphology is used regularly in many areas to assess the personality of an individual; from recruitment and historical profiling to criminology and psychological profiling. So, not only is it helpful to know what your writing might say about you, it can also become very interesting.
What might we learn?
The British Institute of Graphologists (BIG) explains that writing consists of three main things; movement, spacing and form. Here are some examples to look out for within your own writing together with some theories on what they might mean:
1. Spacing. It’s said that if you use wide spacing between your letters, then you enjoy your freedom and don’t like to be overwhelmed or over crowded. Whereas if you use narrow spacing between letters, it is thought you might dislike the concept of being alone.
2. Slanting. There are many variations of slanted writing. Some people slant towards the left, some lean towards the right and some not at all; all of which could have a different meaning. It is said that if you don’t slant your lettering, you don’t let your emotions get the better of you. If you slant to the left, it is likely that you like to keep yourself to yourself and prefer to work behind the scenes and not take centre stage.
3. Shape of letters. If you notice that your letters are rounder, it could tell you that you are creative and artistic. If your letters are pointed, it could mean that you are intense or very intelligent. It is also said that if your letters are connected, you are likely to be logical, systematic and make decisions carefully.
4. Crossing your T’s. When it comes to writing the letter T, an individual’s technique tends to differ in the length of the cross. If you use a long cross, then you may be a very determined and enthusiastic person.
5. Open and closed O’s. If your writing technique shows that you leave your letter O open, then it may suggest that you are talkative, social and prefer to express your feelings out loud. However, if you are consistent with keeping your O closed, then it could indicate that you are a private person who doesn’t like to express feelings openly.
Of course, there are many claims including those who doubt whether so much detail can be gleaned from handwriting. We have to confess that we're firmly on the fence but love any excuse to get our fountain pen out and practice our handwriting! And if nothing else, analysing your handwriting might help you to identify certain habits that you want to change and improve upon. Here are some examples of certain techniques and how to improve them with practice (via Real Simple).
1. If you feel your writing slants too much, try adjusting the angle of the page.
2. You may find that when writing, your letters are either too far apart of too close together. Either way, this can sometimes make large pieces of writing difficult to read. A tip Real Simple suggested, was to think of a lowercase O, slip it down the middle and use this a guide to how far apart your letters should be. You can also use a full lowercase O to determine the space between each word.
3. When it comes to letter formation, we can often lose the end of a letter or two in witting. For example, not closing the letter O. This is especially common in vowels, and we often don’t realise we are doing it. To help you become more mindful, the trick is to simply slow down until you crack it.
With it being #FountainPenFriday and #WriteALetterDay on Sunday, why not to start your new journey to improving how you write now. And don’t forget, we still have #SignatureSaturday to look forward to.
It's time to grab your fountain pen and notebook!
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