Many months ago, I had angered a girl by calling her Miss Better-Than-Google.com. Chill, you don’t need to be a hacker to understand why I drew the comparison. She probably got more hits in a day than the web search engine did: she was too pretty and a head-turner, people said. Thankfully, she did not kill me. She spared my life in exchange for the analysis of her handwriting. The sample reflected many of her good qualities. She was intelligent, sharp and a diplomatic person. She always moved with a target in her life (shown by a reasonably firm baseline of handwriting) and was very clear about her goals. She knew where she wanted to be as opposed to people who just bumble along without knowing where they want to be (for example, me). She set very high goals for herself. High, as opposed to average and reachable.
But the most striking feature of her handwriting was the speed with which she processed information. In other words, she was an extremely fast thinker (perhaps as fast as http://google.com). She was so quick that even if she spoke to you for five minutes, she would have a fairly clear idea what kind of a person you are and what you want from her. She was a fast learner.
In handwriting analysis, such ability to think quickly is reflected by connected writing with pointed angles in the upper zone as you see in picture A. (Because I don’t have the young lady’s permission, I am showing you just a replica of her handwriting.) Other indicators of speed are t’s crossed to the right of the stem, long t-bars, increased right slant, illegibility, neglect of detail (missing i-dots and t-bars), and words taper off.
Speed is very important factor while analysing handwriting because it relates to intelligence and spontaneity of thought. In the forward moving handwriting (from left to right), we figure out how the writer approaches the world: passionately, spontaneously, or hastily, never having sufficient time to get things done.
The speed at which we write is affected by how we respond emotionally. The well-balanced person who expresses his emotions appropriately writes at a steady tempo. Someone who is tense and anxious makes many starts and stops. Speed in handwriting shows the writer’s pace in his day-to-day activities, and even reflects the way he speaks. Those who speak fast tend to write fast as well (one of my mishti doi friends exemplifies it). The slower speaker, on the other hand, is more deliberate in his writing as he is in his speech. Unsure of himself, he tends to speak and write hesitantly, starting and stopping numerous times before being able to express what is on his mind.
Ok… so we were talking about Miss Better-Than-Google.com, the Superfast Express. She was not always a fast writer: at times she was a hurried writer. Fast writers have legible handwriting and they possess the ability to get things done quickly and efficiently. They dislike waste and they use time and resources wisely and they are quick learners. Really quick. Handwriting of hurried writers, on the other hand, is mostly illegible. Such writers are always agitated, always in a rush.
Graphologist Sheila Lowe says: “He [hurried writer] feels the hot breath of Father Time on his neck and fears he won’t be able to accomplish all that he wants to do. But it really doesn’t matter how much time is available, as the need to hurry up is internal and unrelenting. Impatient and impulsive, the very rapid writer’s thoughts travel almost faster than his synapses can fire. Even when his body is at rest, his mind is never still…. In his haste, he may leave out letters, diacritics, (i-dots and t-bars, for example) and punctuation, all of which contribute to illegibility…. If you want to start World War III, put a very fast and a very slow writer in a small room and lock the door.”
Friends, before Ms Better-Than-Google.com seeks me out with a few sharp-edged weapons in her hand, let me crawl under a rock and talk to you from there. Ok, now I am safe and I can elaborate a little more on this speed.
Writing speed also gives a clear idea what kind of profession will suit the writer. Let’s see how: If for some reason, a fast writer with pointed ‘m’ and ‘n’ becomes a salesgirl in an apparel showroom, how soon do you think she will get a pink slip? Unless she has a generous and affable boss, it won’t be long before she is asked to make room for her replacement. The reason is that she would run out of patience while attending to customers and if she gets a buyer who takes time to decide which dress to buy.
Fast writers are fit for professions that require them to take quick decisions. Graphologists say many CEOs and CFOs of corporate houses have similar handwriting because they need to decide fast, ensuring profit for their companies. It’s a desirable trait, no doubt. However, if the speed is combined with extreme right slant (see picture B), the writer will make impulsive decisions — mostly wrong.
I will tell you some other day how Ghanta Lal, a crockery shop owner in Dombilvli, made crores thanks to Lundroo and his wife Ghungroo — a loving couple nearby who ensured the sale at his store never dipped. When they made love, they broke vases; and when they fought, they broke cups and plates. (Excuse me! If you have stopped imagining how they broke vases, can I have your attention back to handwriting analysis? Thank you very much!) That’s how they found themselves in Ghanta’s shop almost every week. They fought because Lundroo was a slow writer and Ghungroo a fast writer.