Charlie Sheen’s Handwriting – Then and Now

I know like many people nowadays, you probably want to scream “Stop! Not another word about Charlie Sheen”. Believe me, I hear ya loud and clear! But guess what. As graphologists, we’ve got the opportunity to see two of Sheen’s writings written about 20 years apart.

Example A – Note written by Charlie Sheen around 1991 when he was about 26 years old. The note was written to Ginger Lynn, an adult film star that Sheen dated in the early 90’s. Lynn is taking advantage of the Sheen hysteria and is auctioning some of the items she received as gifts from Sheen. One of the items is a book, “1991 Consumer Report, The Complete Drug Reference”. Below is a handwritten note by Sheen as inscribed on a page inside the book.

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Block printing.


Desire to communicate. Withholds revealing or dealing with feelings and emotions.

Example B – Check dated January 26, 2011, written by Sheen, at age 45.

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When analyzing any handwriting, it is preferable to have more than the few lines we have in each of these samples, however, even from a few lines and a signature we can gather information about the person and at a minimum raise questions about characteristics to explore about the person. When we are working from copies and not the original writing, we must remember that we lose information about things like the pressure and the size of the writing. The writing could have been reduced or enlarged from its original form. Still, we can judge some things about the size of the letters as they relate in size to other letters in the writing.

In the 1991 writing, we see a controlled Charlie. The legible block printing tells us the writer wants to be understood and can work well with others in the work world, but does not do well in revealing or dealing with feelings and emotions. The spacing between the words reinforces the distance the writer puts between himself and others. We see a straight, level baseline which indicates emotional maturity and reliability. A level line means a level head. The baseline is slanted upwards which indicates a person that always looks at the bright side of life and has a high energy level. If I were to see more of Charlie’s writing from this time period and it also showed such an upward slant, I would question if his optimism and energy level were sustainable. Life is a marathon, the aim is to keep your energy expenditure relatively even throughout which means you need to slow down when running uphill and speed up when running downhill. If you “use up” your energy, you “burn out” and it takes a while to build up the energy level again.

The “t” bars tell us a lot. We see a zest for life (length of “t” bar) and a reinforcement of the writer’s optimism (upward slant of “t” bar). The writer’s willpower to complete a task or job is evident (the heavy weight of the “t” bar remains the same, it does not fade out). At 26 years old, Charlie’s sarcasm was already evident. (“t” bar starts out heavy and ends in a sword point). Sarcasm is a self-defense mechanism. So many times sarcastic people feel so clever as they deliver their biting hurtful remarks not realizing that it only diminishes their character and self-respect. Sarcasm is hurtful to the people it is directed at and the person delivering the sarcasm is seen as arrogant and self-defeating. We also see that the “t” bars do not touch the stem, which would indicate a person that has visionary goals and could be a dreamer that never brings their dreams to fruition. However, in stacking the willpower trait against this, the strong willpower along with the bold, fluid writing would indicate that the writer is a person that is visionary and does accomplish the high goals they’ve set for themselves.
The large capitals at the beginning of just about every word and the “C” in the “signature” reinforce the Charlie we see as a conceited person with a distorted ego, and grandiose concept of self. Stories have it that in the Roman days, Roman generals would be given a parade called a “Triumph” where they would be showered with praise and attention by crowds of citizens as the generals rode through town celebrating their victory. During this victory parade, a slave would ride with the general. The slave’s duty was to whisper in the general’s ear “You are only a mortal”. Too bad Sheen didn’t have a staff person riding with him whispering the same in his ear through the years. Seems like the only message Charlie heard was “Do more drugs.”

These are just some of the characteristics in the Example A writing. What else do you see? Your comments are welcomed.

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In Example B, the check written in January, 2011, provides us an opportunity to see a writing with signs of unreliability. It has been suggested in some of the articles written about Sheen lately that he is an actor and all of this is a put on – the same way Joaquin Phoenix’s act was questioned a few years ago. However, when we look at the check written by Charlie in January, we see signs of an unreliable person.

To look at unreliability, let’s first define what is “reliability”? Wikipedia’s definition is: …in general, reliability is the ability of a person to perform and maintain their functions in routine circumstances, as well as in hostile or unexpected circumstances…. So a reliable person is dependable, we know what to expect. An unreliable person is unpredictable, fickle, insecure, unsound, unstable, and…well you get the picture.

The graphology characteristics that make up unreliability can be seen in most anyone’s handwriting. In order to question a writer’s unreliability we must see at least five (5) different signs of unreliability in their handwriting. To clarify, if you see a variable slant but not other factors of unreliability, then the person is probably moody but still is a dependable person. We need to see multiple signs to indicate an unreliable person. These are six (6) signs of unreliability that I see in Charlie’s writing in Example B. There are more even in just these few lines of writing.
1. Variable slant – like an emotional ferryboat, goes back and forth and can change direction at anytime without the benefit of turning around
2. Gigantic capitals – sees things out of reality, delves in fantasy – notice how large the “C” is in the word cash
3. Signature – strange, complex, and centripetal (back to the left) movements – desire to impress in order to hide deep feelings of inferiority

4. Looped “d” stem – fear of not being loved – common self-defense mechanism for person is to strike first because they are so sure that the other person will be attacking them – so as a defense they strike first. Even if you try to be comforting and flattering to the person, they still are suspicious of you because they wonder “Why is this person being so nice to me? They must be up to something.” Very difficult in relationships with persons with large loops in “d” stem because there is no winning ground for you to stand on with them.
5. Extremely large writing – notice how large the signature is written – reinforces that the writer is vain, shows feelings of grandeur, and has grandiose delusions of self-importance.
6. Variable size of the letters – lack of balance and moody – this characteristic reinforces what we see with the variable slant

In closing, Charlie Sheen has a tour of “shows” he’s presenting across the country.  His first show in Detroit was a dud.  It was basically Charlie acting like he had invited several thousand people to his house to watch him do whatever he felt like.  After a lot of booing, the show ended abruptly after about 90 minutes.  Sheen and his producer revamped the show for his Chicago appearance the next night.  An interviewer was on stage with Sheen providing a more guided show which was better received by the Chicago audience.  Many of the show attendees are loyal Sheen fans and others admit they bought the tickets on speculation they may be witnesses to a Sheen meltdown.

Sheen is on a maniac high that is as high as Mt. Everest.  And that’s a big place to fall from.  It’s not a question of IF it will happen, it’s WHEN.  Sheen is human and subject to all of its frailties’.

Submitted by: Cindy G. Cheaves, Certified Grapho-Therapist, a graduate of Handwriting University, and a member of American Handwriting Analysts Association. Through the years Ms. Cheaves has taught many different courses including accounting, tax software, and computer classes for children and adults. Now she brings her teaching expertise to the handwriting analysis field. Attendees enjoy her fun and patient approach in helping to learn and understand the topic at hand.


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1 Comment

  1. nice to know the REAL CHARLIE SHEEN…what is missing are TWO important elements–1.the root cause of Charlie becoming a demon instead of an angel,,if ever, Charlie (and other charlies out there) can use graphotherapy and mindtraining to become human…and even an angel, again.
    i work as a mindtrainer and graphonomist.never took any formal training, consider Bart as an absentee guru,liv and work in New Delhi and promote graphonomy (a name much better than graphology and coined by DAVID LEWIS).

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