13 Telling Things Your Handwriting Reveals About Your Personality

The way you dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s” could reveal more than 5,000 different personality traits.

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Woman writing in notebook outdoors
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How big or small do you write?

Big, outgoing personalities tend to write in large letters; shy, introverted types prefer to write small. If you have average-sized writing, it demonstrates a strong ability to focus and concentrate.

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How much do you space your words?
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How much do you space your words?

People who leave large spaces between their words enjoy freedom and independence, while those who squeeze their words together tend to like the company of others. If your words are totally jammed together, you might be intrusive or have the tendency to crowd people.

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How much pen pressure do you use?
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How much pen pressure do you use?

While a very heavy pen pressure can suggest tension and anger; a moderately heavy pressure is a sign of commitment. A soft pressure means you’re empathetic and sensitive; you might also lack vitality, according to one National Pen Company study.

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If you dot your "i's" high on the page you likely have an active imagination
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How do you dot your “i’s”?

If you dot your “i’s” high on the page you likely have an active imagination. A closely dotted “i” is the mark of an organized and detail-oriented mind. If you dot your “i’s” to the left, you might be a procrastinator. And if you dot your “i’s” with a circle, you likely have playful and childlike qualities.

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How legible is your signature?
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How legible is your signature?

Sign your documents accordingly: A legible signature is a sign of confidence and comfort in one’s own skin, while an illegible signature is the mark of a private or hard-to-read person.

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Left slanters also tend to be reserved and introspective
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Which way does your handwriting slant?

A right slant means you like to meet and work with new people, while a left slant means you prefer to keep to yourself. Left slanters also tend to be reserved and introspective.

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How do you cross your “t’s”?

If you cap off your “t’s” with a long cross, you’re likely determined and enthusiastic, possibly with stubborn tendencies. If you use a short cross, however, it could be because you’re lazy. If you cross you lowercase “t’s” up high, you likely have many goals and aim high. If you cross them low, it could mean it’s time to raise the bar for yourself; low crossers tend to aim low as well.

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How do you write your lowercase "L"
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How do you loop your lowercase “l”?

A widely looped “l” suggests you’re relaxed and spontaneous, while a narrow or retraced “l” means you might be restricting yourself.

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What do your “y” hooks look like?

The hook on your lowercase “y” is a huge indicator of personality. A broad loop means you’ve got a large circle of friends, while a slender loop suggests you’re more selective with whom you allow close to you. A short hook means you’re a homebody, while a long hook could be a signal of wanderlust.

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Are your letters pointed or rounded?
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Are your letters pointed or rounded?

Pointed letters are a sign of an intelligent person who might be holding back aggression. Rounded letters signal creativity and artistic ability.

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How quickly do you write?

If you write quickly, it’s highly likely that you’re impatient and dislike wasting time. If you take your time getting your words down, you are self reliant and methodical.

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Handwriting analysis can reveal whether you are arrogant
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You might have a big head if…

If you write the letter ‘I’ (as a pronoun) much larger than any other capital letter, you might be arrogant.

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Dramatic handwriting changes indicate lying
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You might be lying if…

If the slant of your writing (or any other feature of your handwriting) changes dramatically over the course of a piece of writing, there’s a good chance you’re lying. Caught ya!

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