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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    • Small letters are an indicator that you are quiet, shy and possibly withdrawn.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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                          10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                          10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

                          The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

                          In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

                          Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

                          1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

                          What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

                          Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

                          2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

                          Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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                          How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

                          Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

                          Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

                          3. Get comfortable with discomfort

                          One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

                          Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

                          4. See failure as a teacher

                          Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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                          Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

                          Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

                          10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

                          5. Take baby steps

                          Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

                          Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

                          Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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                          The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

                          6. Hang out with risk takers

                          There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

                          Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

                          7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

                          Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

                          Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

                          8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

                          What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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                          9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

                          Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

                          If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

                          10. Focus on the fun

                          Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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