Handwriting Analysis Plain & Simple: The Only Book You'll Ever Need

Handwriting Analysis Plain & Simple: The Only Book You'll Ever Need

by Eve Bingham


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Handwriting analysis, or graphology, is the science involved in producing a personality profile of the writer by examining the characteristics, traits and strokes of an individual's handwriting. It seems impossible, but a trained graphologist can gather an astonishing amount of information about the writer just from analyzing their handwriting. Besides creating a complete personality profile, many other things are revealed in your handwriting, such as health issues, morality, past experiences, hidden talents, mental problems-- to name just a few.

This plain and simple title explains what handwriting analysis is and why it works. The author gives a brief history of the art then delves into every aspect of writing, including:

  • The way the writing moves across the page
  • The meaning of the pen, pencil, and ink chosen
  • The slope of the script and the amount of space between words
  • The size and shape of the individual letters and signatures
  • The meaning of writing styles in headed paper, logos, and shop signs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571747884
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Series: Plain & Simple Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 748,104
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Eve Bingham has been the secretary of the British Astrological and Psychic Society for many years. She is extremely knowledgeable about all the psychic sciences, spiritual work, and spiritual healing and has had a successful career in these fields since the early 1970s. Eve has written many articles on mind, body, and spirit subjects. She lives in England.

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Size: An Indication of Presence

The size of the script is the first thing we will look at. There are basically three different sizes of script — large, medium, and small — but I have also included a discussion of very small script. Size of script expresses personal self-esteem, self-confidence, and adaptability to other people. Varying sizes within the same script indicate that the writer can be inconsistent and rather erratic.

The size of handwriting in graphology is important, for it reveals how he or she feels about and interacts with family and friends. The size of the writing is one indication of how much the writer wants to be noticed in much the same way that clothing style and color does. When we look at what people are wearing, we assume that someone wearing bold colors wants to be noticed more than someone who chooses to wear neutral tones.

Usually the first thing we notice about someone's handwriting is the size, especially if it is particularly large or small. Just knowing the sample's size opens up an insight into the writer's personality.

Large Writing

People whose writing is large tend to stand out in a crowd. They like to be noticed and thrive on being the center of attention. These people are ambitious and confident, they tend to have a broad perspective on life, and they can make an impression on everyone they meet. They are bold individuals, driven by their egos. In handwriting, large, bold writing typically says, "Notice me!" People with large handwriting may be those in the public eye, such as politicians, television personalities, pop stars, and actors.


Large handwriting

Some positive keywords

active adventurous good self-esteem possibly overgenerous self-confident self-reliant

Individuals with large handwriting can have great organizational skills and can show courage and a strong character. They do things on a grand scale but they are not good at handling details.

Some negative keywords

arrogant boastful conceited easily distracted extravagance insensitive to others lack of self-discipline poor observation possibly accident-prone vague, nebulous concepts

Medium-Sized Writing


Medium-sized handwriting

Those individuals whose writing is medium-size, or normal, are flexible and adaptable. These practical, realistic, and balanced people can work well on their own or with others; they can be team leaders or team players and have strong organizational skills. A writer of this type might be found in a large company as the office manager, plodding away with repetitive work but still having the ability to monitor the activities in the rest of the office. People with medium-size writing tend to have a sensible approach to life, know how to keep a balance between work and play, are well-liked in their working environment, and have many friends.

Some positive keywords

adaptable caring flexible good judgment practical sensible sociable trustworthy

Some negative keywords

judgmental nosy overfriendly pedantic tendencies

Small Writing


Small handwriting

People with small handwriting tend to be objective in their outlook. They are usually private individuals who avoid the limelight and keep very much in the background. These are people who use their brains rather than their brawn. People with small handwriting have a tendency to analyze everything, including their own thoughts and feelings.

Some positive keywords

maturity prudence realism

Some negative keywords

feelings of inferiority inhibition self-limitation

Very Small Handwriting


Very small handwriting

Tiny writing is associated with very intelligent people who intellectualize most things. These modest, humble people can be introverted, but they have good concentration skills. Very small, cramped handwriting can reveal an inferiority complex. People with very small handwriting are introspective and do not seek attention for themselves; they value their privacy more than anything else, and being of an introverted nature, they find it hard to interact with groups of people. An individual with very small handwriting is hiding his or her personality behind a facade of caution and reserve; this person is not interested in an active social life and can be discriminating when choosing close friends and associates.

Some positive keywords

accurate can concentrate modest

Some negative keywords

limited interests little creative imagination pedantic self-inflicted isolation submissive temporary depression

Some doctors have such small handwriting that it is practically illegible. Scientists, researchers, and mathematicians, and also those who are dealing with facts and figures, are normally found to have very small writing.


Presence on the Page

Margins are like the framework of a picture; in this case, the handwriting is the picture. Margins are not consciously made. These spaces show the influence that time and the experience of life has had on the writer.


The Left-Hand Margin

The left-hand margin denotes the writer's past influences and the way he or she uses resources. No left-hand margin suggests that the writer lacks self-confidence and could be clinging to the past. It indicates an insecure individual who still suffers in some way from childhood fears or is badly influenced by his past experiences. People who leave no left-hand margin are afraid of being influenced by others and they can overreact to any kind of criticism or change. A very wide left-hand margin can denote a writer who is generous and reserved; it can also mean that the writer can be thrifty but also wants to be popular.

Sometimes, if the script has been written quickly, the left-hand margin gets progressively larger, with the writing starting farther to the right with each line. People who write like this are impulsive, and this trait can indicate an excitable writer who rushes ahead when starting something new, for example, an enjoyable project, a new relationship, or a vacation. This trait can also indicate that the writer is losing control over his or her finances. Sometimes, however, the writer will become aware of this tendency and try to rectify this trait by starting the next paragraph back on track.

The Right-Hand Margin

Some irregularity in the right-hand margin is natural; the writer must decide whether, at the end of a line, the next word will actually fit into the remaining space or whether he or she should divide the word in two using a hyphen. Planning ability, or the absence thereof, is reflected here. Those who have had secretarial or office training will probably control the use of their margins as they would when using a typewriter.

Writers who rush to the edge of the paper and leave no margin at all, can be uninhibited and involved with everything and everybody around them. They probably have no fear of the future, meeting it head-on. The person who leaves a wide right margin possibly fears the future, but this trait can also demonstrate artistic abilities, particularly if the right margin is the same size all the way down the page.

All-Around Wide Margins

People who present their writing with clear equally spaced margins all around are those who wish to be clearly understood. They may have a commercial background with an aesthetic sense; possibly they are sensitive individuals who like to use artistic license. If the space is very large, the writer can almost be a recluse.

No Margins at All

Individuals who leave no margins around their writing can be economical and thrifty to the point of meanness. This trait can also show that the writer has no artistic sense. An individual with this tendency may have a gregarious nature and a need to be loved and wanted; he or she may be a compulsive talker who lacks tact and diplomacy. This writer can cling to past relationships and be unable to let go of past hurts.

Narrow Upper Margin

Writers who use narrow or no upper margins can show a dislike of formality and a lack of respect; this characteristic can also indicate ambition. Writers who use a narrow upper margin display little or no planning skills. They can be pessimistic individuals with little or no artistic abilities; they may have a poor educational background. Young people often use narrow upper margins.

Large or Wide Upper Margin

A wide margin left at the top of the page can indicate that the writer has low self-esteem. They may be overly respectful toward their employers and elders. They tend to live in the present and may have little thought for the future.

The Envelope Layout Margins

The envelope is divided into four areas: upper, lower, right, left.

The Address Written in the Center of the Envelope

Writers who place the address in the center of the envelope indicate that they are clear thinkers with the ability to organize. This positioning can also indicate that they are orderly, caring, and considerate of others. Underlined words or phrases show that the writer is fussy and easily worried.

The Address Written to the Far Right of the Envelope

An address positioned to the far right of the envelope, sometimes with heavy pressure of the script, can indicate an impulsive person who has aggressive tendencies but who also needs the company of others.

The Address Written at the Top of the Envelope

The placing of the address at the top of the envelope denotes that the writer is enterprising and has the need to express his or her opinions. If only the upper half of the envelope is used, the writer can be immature and prone to daydreaming. Sometimes, a young person who forgets that an area for the stamp needs to be left open writes like this.

The Address Written Very Low — Center or Left Position

An address in an extremely low position, whether it is placed centrally or to the left on the envelope, can indicate anxiety and a pessimistic outlook on life. This positioning can also show a materialistic streak.

No Space Around the Address

The writer who leaves no space on the envelope shows a need to participate in all aspects of life. Usually, the writing is extremely large, indicating a person who tends to want to be noticed.

The Address Written to the Left and Center of the Envelope

The individual who addresses an envelope to the left, centered vertically, can be afraid of life and may also be reserved. This person's interests are more with inanimate objects than with people.

The Address Written in the Bottom Left-Hand Corner

Placement of the address in the bottom left-hand corner of the envelope is unusual, but those who do position it here may have very small writing, showing a lack of confidence and an inner need for security.

The Address Written In the Upper Left-Hand Corner

An address placed in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope denotes a writer who can be an intellectual but is very much a loner.

The Address Written on the Envelope Is Staggered

A person who has staggered the address, progressing from the top left to the bottom right, has a cautious and inhibited nature.

The Address Is Extremely Small and In the Center

An address placed in the center and written extremely small indicates that the writer puts his or her own needs before those of others.


Slants: Emotional Interaction

It is important to remember that the more indications you discover in a person's handwriting, and the longer the writing sample is, the better you will understand the writer. There are three basic slants to handwriting: the right-handed and left-handed slants and the upright slant. On occasion you may find a mixture of these.

A graphologist friend of mine has a novel way of remembering the slant indicators: Imagine three people who want a cup of tea. The writer with the lefthand slant would delegate someone else to make the tea, the writer with the upright slant would make him- or herself a cup of tea, and the writer with the right-hand slant would make everyone a cup of tea. We will now look at the various slants in handwriting and see what the differences indicate.

The Right Slant

The right-leaning slant is found in the majority of people's handwriting. This most common slant can show a forward-looking person with a friendly disposition who enjoys human contact and who likes to be surrounded by others. People who display this characteristic have well-developed social instincts and may forget themselves in their interactions with others. These people are sociable and responsive, with good coping abilities. They can be demonstrative and like to show their feelings. The person with a right-handed slant can be extroverted, outgoing, and friendly, and has forward-thinking spontaneity and enthusiasm.

Right-leaning slant

An exaggerated slope to the right indicates that the heart rules the head and the individual is emotionally motivated. This writer can be irresponsible, gushingly sentimental, sympathetic, and embarrassingly demonstrative. This person can be impulsive, has a need to relate to others, and can overdo everything so that he or she becomes physically exhausted.

Some positive keywords

active adaptable affectionate curious emotional enterprising progressive sociable sympathetic trust in the future

Some negative keywords

accident-prone easily distracted excitable forgetful gregarious gullible hasty hysterical lack of discipline too demonstrative wasteful

The Vertical or Upright Slant

The upright script indicates an independent person who is dominated by reason rather than emotions. People who display this trait are able to see both sides of an argument and they usually stay neutral. The closer the letters are to being upright the more control these writers have over themselves. Completely vertical writing is a sign of poise, calm, self-reliance, and a neutral attitude to most things. These are mature, practical, and independent people whose heads rule their hearts. They can be self-sufficient; they have low emotional responses, and they can be restrained. These writers will not make a drama out of a crisis and they can be relied on in an emergency situation.

Vertical or upright slant

Some positive keywords

an ability to concentrate analytical cautious diplomatic good self-control impartial independent mature prudent reliable reserved

Some negative keywords

critical observation inactivity indifference lack of emotional response a pessimistic outlook self-centered

The Left Slant

People whose handwriting slants to the left may be inclined to daydream, living an active inner life. They tend to be shy and reserved, and they are socially cautious. They can be observant, though, and can be good listeners. They are self-reliant, and they don't intrude on the privacy of others. Someone who writes with a left-handed slant, depending on the degree of slant, may have had a dominant mother figure during childhood. Perhaps the father was a weaker character, or possible he was totally absent. Such writers find comfort in behaving in an unconventional way and some find it hard to cope with change. If their handwriting displays an exaggerated left slant, they can have a morbid curiosity about death, may suffer inner rebellion, or they may be emotionally repressed.

Left-leaning slant

Some positive keywords
persistent sentimental tender and devoted

Some negative keywords

curbed spontaneity fear of commitment forced behavior fussy insecurity insincerity living in the past and fearing the future obstinacy overcautious pedantic selfish

Varying Slant

Writers who have fluctuating and varying slants show versatility and an erratic streak; they can be impatient, intelligent, and highly active. This is also the writing of an unpredictable individual with changing behavior patterns who can experience mood swings and self-conflict. People with this handwriting characteristic like to mix and communicate with others; they enjoy variety and change in their lives; and they can be happy-go-lucky characters. This type of writing is often found in teenagers when they are unsettled, with all kinds of conflicting thoughts and ideas, and a need for social and emotional acceptance, and more independence.


A variety of slants

Some positive keywords

adaptable friendly intelligent versatile

Some negative keywords

inner conflict neurosis unpredictable unstable

So far we have considered the slant of the writer; and knowing that a signature represents our public image, the way we write represents how we are feeling privately. Let us apply this concept to a few cases. You may wish to refer to chapter 13, "Signature: The Public Image."

Writing Slant and Signature Slant

Left slant with right slant signature


Individuals who write with a left-handed slant but whose signatures have a right-handed slant value their privacy. They are reserved individuals who give the appearance of being outgoing. You can be sure that inside they are not nearly as spontaneous and outgoing as they appear to be.


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Graphology 1

1 Size: An Indication of Presence 7

2 Presence on the Page 15

3 Slants: Emotional Interaction 27

4 The Three Zones of Expression 37

5 The Baseline 49

6 Spacing 53

7 Connecting and Forming Letters 61

8 Beginning and Ending Strokes 77

9 Pressure 83

10 Capital Letters 87

11 The Ego and "I" 93

12 Dotting the i's and Crossing the t's 99

13 Signature: The Public Image 109

14 Practical Applications 119

15 Keywords and Traits 125

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