Watch out! Don’t cross that line!

By Vishwas Heathcliff

In Part I of this article on spotting suicidal tendency in handwriting, we discussed how to see whether the writer is suffering from depression. In this second part, we will see whether the writer hates himself and whether the self-hatred can drive him to self-effacement.

I hate myself...

In graphology, the dislike for oneself and the sense of worthlessness, which powers the force behind suicide, is seen in a few strokes in handwriting. One of them is strike-through lines in signatures, which I saw in the suicide note (Picture A) of the girl who killed herself. These straight lines pierce through the signature, indicating the writers’ utter unhappiness with their situation. If combined with rock-bottom self-esteem and depression, the desire to terminate one’s existence intensifies.

If you have such strokes in your signature, I recommend you expressly remove them. The presence of such strike-through line in your signature (Picture B) does not mean you are gonna kill yourself tomorrow. But the stroke reflects a tendency to self-sabotage, and every time one pierces one’s name in the signature, the subconscious mind receives as many messages to stab and hurt oneself. Therefore, the propensity to wipe out one’s identity is reinforced.

Such strokes in handwriting also scale up chances to screw up things. Click here to see the suicide note of Britney Spears.


Picture A

Picture A — Signature of a girl who committed suicide
Picture A — Suicide note of a girl



Picture B


Strike-through signture of a student
Picture B — Strike-through signature of a student. There a vertical stab through the first letter.



Another important thing to look for suicidal tendency handwriting is x-ing. Click on the handwriting sample below (Picture C) to see there are plenty of x-formations. Handwriting analysts world over agree that these x-formations are strong indicators of the inclination to wipe out one’s identity.

Picture C

Picture C — x-formations in handwriting

Hope I have been of some help. If you have any queries, do leave me a message in the box below.

(Vishwas is India-based handwriting analyst)


  1. In picture B- the one with the vertical stab through the s, looks like the dollar symbol.Well if the person was from the USA,would u say that he is money minded or has a drive to wipe out his identity?Is it possible to guess that just with the signature alone?
    Another really remarkable is that his signature has an upward baseline and is underlined.Now those 2 are positive traits.Well probably the vertical stab nullifies them both.
    Also would u say that the vertical stab through the ‘S’ and the underline form an ‘X’?

  2. Yes, if the writer were from USA, it would also show his love for money. But in the handwriting we will look for other indications as well to decide whether that could also mean suicidal tendency. These are just indications. The point I tried to make in the signature is that the writer would be better off without having a strikethrough, because that is a negative stroke to have.

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