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How To Tell Your True Personality From Your Signature

How To Tell Your True Personality From Your Signature

The lost art of handwriting is a huge loss–in more ways than one.

In today’s modern world, which is over run by quick communication capabilities–email, text, instant messages, group chats, social media posts and the lists goes on and ON –it is rare to find good-old-fashioned handwritten communication.

We don’t even have to jot ourselves a quick reminder or manually add things to our calendar anymore thanks to apps that allow memos to be transcribed by merely speaking the command into our Smartphone or other device.

We have all but completely eliminated the art of handwriting. The only form of handwritten communication that we see–but is diminishing at a rapid pace–is the personal signature.

Understanding Handwriting Analysis

Graphology is the science of analyzing handwriting for personality traits and has been around since the days of Aristotle.

Today, it has evolved and can be used for a variety of purposes, from criminal investigations to understanding your health. Some employers have even used handwriting analysis to screen potential employees for compatibility.

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In fact, according to master graphologist Kathi McKnight , “Just from analyzing your handwriting, experts can find over 5,000 personality traits.”

When deciphering handwriting, experts consider some of the following elements:

  • Slant
  • Size
  • Pressure
  • Spacing (letter, word and line)
  • Angle
  • Thread
  • legibility

What does your signature say about you?

The signature represents the most personal and intimate handwriting we do. Experts believe that the way you sign your name can reveal a lot about your personality– both in life and business.

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    Here are a few things experts are able to determine about you by just glancing at your signature:

    Letter size:

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    • Small letters are an indicator that you are quiet, shy and possibly withdrawn. It shows that you are meticulous and have great concentration. If the letters are extremely small, it shows you may be a bit egotistical and stingy.

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      • Average sized letters are the trademark of a well adjusted and adaptable individual.
      • Large letters show that are an outgoing, outspoken person that oozes confidence and loves attention. You are also thought to be a bit dreamy and naïve.

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        • When all the letters are of equal size, this indicates modesty and shyness.

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          Legibility:

          • It is believed that people who consistently displays writing that is illegible is arrogant and may assume that everyone knows (or should know) who they are.

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            • While the opposite is true of people with signatures that can easily be read. It shows that you are open, have nothing to hide and are happy with yourself.

            Signature Placement:

            If your signature is more towards the right of the page (or signing area), you are believed to be a forward looking person. Signatures in the center signifies a need for attention and signatures more to the left hints that you may be withdrawn with a tendency to cling to the past.

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              Slant:

              • If your writing tends to slant forward (to the right) or ascends, you probably are outgoing and bubbly and have a positive outlook on life. It is also indicative of your creativity.

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                • If your text slants to the left or down you do not tend to look and move forward often enough and you may be a bit pessimistic.

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                  Style:

                  There are certain styles and embellishment in handwriting–specifically in signatures–that give clues to who really are at your core.

                  • Signatures that are overly fancy and intricate are an indication that you are creative, passionate, boastful and love attention.

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                    • A line that runs through your signature indicates unhappiness and a person who is sensitive highly self-critical.

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                      • A signature that is underlined signifies selfishness, sensitivity a need for recognition and status.

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                        • A signature that has a line that is slightly above your name indicates that you are prone to be a high achiever, ambitious and proud.

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                          7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                          7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

                          The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

                          Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

                          Posture

                          First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

                          • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
                          • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
                          • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
                          • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

                          All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

                          Facial Expressions

                          Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

                          • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
                          • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
                          • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

                          If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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                          1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

                          A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

                          The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

                          This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

                          2. Relax Your Face

                          New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

                          The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

                          To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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                          3. Improve Your Eye Contact

                          Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

                          The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

                          To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

                          3. Smile More

                          There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

                          Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

                          4. Hand Gestures

                          Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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                          It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

                          5. Enhance Your Handshake

                          In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

                          “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

                          It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

                          6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

                          As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

                          Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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                          Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

                          Final Takeaways

                          Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

                          If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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