Written by Bart Baggett
Today I got a list of questions from a student of ours in Europe and I thought it would be fun to know and look at this handwriting with my readers but also give you some insight into how I would coach someone to become a better handwriting analyst or gain insight.
Quite frankly, our student Bruce did a very nice job on a very difficult handwriting sample. Since most of my handwriting samples in the home study course are from American writers, when we get students from Europe or India or Asia dealing with their own language, we see things and see fonts and styles which don’t necessarily have a precedent in the American version of the home study course. So I acknowledge Bruce on some of the challenges he came up with and I think he did a very good job overall. What I would suggest is you look at the handwriting before you read the full analysis or and answer these questions, just like Bruce did.
Do you agree with what he observed and do you think that this person should be trusted or not? That really is the big question. As a handwriting analyst, especially if you’re going to be a professional handwriting analyst or a personal coach, you do want to be able to answer the hard questions. Can this person be trusted or are there any skeletons in their closet? That of course is a very big and subjective question which needs lots of data to answer and it’s possible you may come up with being inconclusive in that area.
As a handwriting analyst, especially if you’re going to be a professional handwriting analyst or a personal coach, you do want to be able to answer the hard questions. Can this person be trusted or are there any skeletons in their closet? That of course is a very big and subjective question which needs lots of data to answer and it’s possible you may come up with being inconclusive in that area.
I can sure spot some of the specific traits, just like you can, with even cursory knowledge such as what are they thinking, organizational ability, perfectionist, tendency to be dominant, great initiative, and some aggression. All these traits are very simple even if you have the basic course. It is often very difficult to ascertain something as subjective as ethics especially from a block printer or in this case a lower-case printer with not many connectors.
So the first thing I’ll ask you to do is look at the handwriting sample without any notes and ask the following questions.
As you know, sometimes we find some of the most intelligent and critical minded people have a down side of being impatient and having a short fuse. So it’s not always good. Good traits do come with bad traits in many occasions.
So before you go on and read the rest of this, take a minute and answer those questions and write on a sheet of paper. I would always suggest that when you learn, you print out a blank sheet of paper, you circle it, and you write the trait name out to the side. At the end of the article, I’ll show you mine where I wrote notes and then we mocked it up so you can look at it. This is a great way, almost like mind mapping, to analyze writing and you’ll become better and better if you begin to use this simple process.
Great, I’m glad you did that. Thank you for playing along with it.
Now above is a list of questions that Bruce sent me. He said these are some of the things that I observed with some of the traits. Do you agree with his findings? This is a great way to learn, because the first step is to be able to see traits and then give it weight. How much accuracy is this trait? Am I doing it correctly? If I see a low-T bar, does that mean he has low self esteem? If I see a loop in the O, does that mean any secretiveness? Well, it all depends on how many T-bars we see and how many Os we see.
So if you look at this list that Bruce provided, outside to the right, I’ve given you my answer; no, I don’t agree; yes, I agree; or inconclusive. Inconclusive means that maybe it’s there sometimes, but it’s not there. Maybe it’s there a little bit, but there’s a lot of other traits that offset it and so essentially it’s not that I disagree with his opinion, it’s that I’m not convinced. There’s enough evidence which tells me we probably shouldn’t mention it, it’s not confirmed, or it lacks the needed weight or number of times as it shows up.
So basically you’ll see my notes on the right. And then finally, I’ve outlined some of my notes in a mind-mapping format which includes things like secretive, intelligence, and sexual frustration.
There is one trait which I want to point out that is very interesting but I actually don’t have a perfect definition for it. I invite you to post on this blog if you have an opinion what this might mean. Perhaps you’ve read it in a book or perhaps you’ve seen it in your own culture. It is the Volkswagen W and I just made up that word, Volkswagen W, because if you look at the W in this handwriting sample, it is a capital W but it crosses over and creates an X just like the symbol of the Volkswagen car company. I don’t know if this was taught in Germany. I don’t know if it’s a symbol of perhaps a natural German handwritten W or if German schools teach it but of course, we do see it in the Volkswagen symbol and we see it here in this writing.
Because I haven’t seen this before, a number of times I have no opinion on what this means and have no opinion whether it’s good or bad. Bruce’s concern was, is this a negative trait? Does it symbolize some dangerous intention? And the answer is, I don’t know, but maybe someone on our list does have an opinion on that.
Also if you look to the lower left-hand side, we see the word “now,” it also has Xs in the N and in the W. Although I haven’t written about the X at the baseline, it’s fairly common in the graphology books when you see Xs show up at the baseline, that this is generally accepted as a negative quality. It is not a specific trait which means you can’t say, oh, the X means the person abuses dogs or the person is evil. But there does seem to be evidence that when people have Xs at the baseline, there is some sort of moral turpitude issue or there are some sort of dark thoughts and that’s all I can really tell you as evidence.
Again, I invite you to share a link, share an article, share some samples of Xs at the baseline if you do believe that it always indicates something negative. And in this case, we do see the Xs of course, in the W and in the N and it’s primarily a printer with lots of analytical thinking and lots of tics at the baseline. Do you think this is all negative or do you think this is aggressive or do you think this is just a highly intelligent person? I’d love to hear your opinions on that. I would say that most of those tics could indicate little anger tics, little resentment tics, but also initiative. Sometimes they are very much cut from the same cloth.
Finally, I want to tell you that even though we removed the signature for privacy reasons, this person is actually a doctor. He has a long name. It is a Dr. something something something and his last name was printed in all capitals. Very interesting. So this is definitely not an unintelligent person to have a doctorate in something and so we don’t have background on whether this is a person.
Again this is a real question from a real certified student in Europe so we don’t have background on this individual and I don’t think there’s any evidence that this person has committed any horrible crimes.
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“So do you think I am correct by mentioning these traits I have found on this letter?”
(Note: See the traits that Bruce found below and then Bart’s response on the right side.)
- Low self-esteem – Bart: No, the writer has average self-esteem.
- Doesn’t have a big Ego – Bart: I disagree, vanity is a sign of ego, the writer has that. But you are correct, the signature was not large (signature removed from the handwriting sample for privacy).
- Direct – Bart: Yes.
- He is smart = comprehensive thinker – Bart: Yes.
- Investigative thinker – Bart: Yes & No. The M humps show analytical thinking, but the N humps are square shaped. So, inconclusive.
- Shallow thinker? – Bart: Yes.
- Attentive to details – Bart: Yes.
- Fluidity of thought – Bart: Yes.
- Organization ability – Bart: Yes, overall spacing & aesthetics tell us this.
- Self-critical – Bart: Inconclusive.
- Dominant – Bart: Sometimes.
- Honest or blunt – Bart: Probably.
- Secretiveness – Bart: Sometimes.
- Pride & Dignity – Bart: Yes.
- Persistence – Bart: Sometimes.
- Aggression ticks on the letter “i” – Bart: Yes.
- CD slant – Bart: Difficult to measure because of the lack of connected letters. However, I would agree with you.
- Perfectionist – Bart: Yes.
- Physical frustration – Bart: Sometimes.
- Practical – Bart: Yes.
- Procrastination – Bart: Sometimes. The initiative reduces this trait.
- Some writing in Print – Bart: Disagree, most writing is in print (no connecting strokes).
- A bit Optimistic – Bart: Yes, shown in the slightly upward slant.
- Small writing – Bart: Average size.
- Desire for attention – Bart: Disagree.
- Locked down code of ethics – Bart: Inconclusive.
- Defiant – Bart: Probably, but I don’t see it in the letter K. Dominance could react in the same way.
- Is there anything else I’m missing? – Bart: See the transcript.
- Do you think this person has false intentions? – Bart: Inconclusive.
- Well I ask you this because I’m not sure, but I think he may have some skeletons somewhere in the closet. This person doesn’t want to reveal much about himself but has secrets and frustrations from the past. I wouldn’t feel comfortable with this person, would I be right?!
- Bart: The printing & secretiveness would create a tendency to hide his emotions. However, the CD Slant & blunt than would reduce this tendency.
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