FEATURE STORY :
Shyness: Trait of the Week
Written by Bart Baggett and David Riffey (Guest Author and Certified Handwriting Analyst)
Are you diplomatic, shy, self-conscious, or just scared of people?
While studying for Handwriting Analysis Certification through Handwriting University, I did a written analysis for a young woman at work. After reading it she declared, “This is so me! How can you come up with all this?”
I told her that I look for handwriting traits that are known to relate to particular personality characteristics. In learning these traits it helps to understand how the mind forms them and reveals them in our writing. An easily understood trait is the height of the t-bar and its relation to self-esteem or self-confidence.
The height at which the t-bar crosses the t-stem is a measure of the degree of self-esteem we have for ourselves. The higher, the t-bar the more we like ourselves, and, generally, we will do better in life than someone with low self-esteem. The lower the t-bar, the lower our self-image, and the more likely we will live with, and stay in, unhappy or unhealthy situations. The person with a low t-bar has a fear of change.
Why risk change if you think you can’t do better? Okay, these traits are pretty clear, aren’t they? The height of the t-bar correlates to the level of self-esteem.
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Other traits are not so obvious. You’ll find two traits shown in the letters m and n, which may seem unrelated: remember, opposite strokes do not always mean opposite personality traits. (Low t-bars vs. high t-bars have opposite meanings in relation to self-esteem. However, the opposite strokes in the m- and n-humps do not have opposite meanings on first look.)
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Self-Consciousness vs. Diplomacy
Self-consciousness is a fear of ridicule by others.
Diplomacy is dealing with people so as not to offend them.
Self-consciousness is indicated by humps that grow progressively bigger in a stair-step fashion as the letter is written toward the right. Diplomacy is written in lowering stair steps going to the right. How do these relate? Directionally speaking, we know that anything in handwriting that is going to the left is related to the self or to the past. Strokes going to the right represent the future or others.
self <-------------------> others
As you look at these traits, realize that the self-conscious trait slopes down to the left. Diplomacy slopes down to the right. Diplomacy is the awareness of others. Self-consciousness is the OVER-awareness of what others might be thinking. Thinking about these traits in this way allows you to understand that they carry essentially the same principle. The direction of the stroke, whether towards ourselves or toward others, is the difference.
Self-conscious people will frequently exhibit shyness in crowds, a reluctance to be in the spotlight, or fear of talking to strangers. Traits such as “pride” and “sensitivity to criticism” will increase the trait of self-consciousness. It seems heavy doses of alcoholic beverages reduce self-consciousness. (Haha.)
(This graphic used with permission from the Level 301 Certification Level Textbook, available only through Handwriting University’s Certification program.)
Remember that seeing a stroke just once doesn’t make it 100% prevalent in the person’s character. That is why it is a good idea to get lots of writing before being 100% conclusive.
Someone that has the ability to be diplomatic might never show it if they are impulsive, sarcastic, angry at women (or men), and over-sensitive. These “fears and defenses” overpower the trait of diplomacy.
Michael Jackson’s handwriting shows severe fear of ridicule in the M humps going uphill.
Remember to STACK the traits for the most accurate analysis. If you need help learning to stack traits, check out the latest Handwriting Analysis Advanced Course for advanced students, now shipping: handwritinguniversity.com/products/mastery
While the 99+ Primary Traits are easy to memorize and easy to recognize, the real mastery comes when you mix and match the traits. I recommend the 101 and 201 courses to get to know the easy to spot Primary Traits… and then an upgrade to the Certification Course for more complicated things like hiring employees and romantic compatibility.
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