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The writing on the wall tells all

DO YOU want to change yourselves or certain traits in your personality? Then change your handwriting. Sounds incredible ? But, it is possible, say experts on handwriting analysis. For, handwriting is a projection of our mind. It depicts our fears, weaknesses, complexes etc. Thus many emotional shortcomings ranging from impatience to certain obsessions can be rectified through Graphotherapy or modification of handwriting for self-improvement.

Graphology or character study through one's handwriting, though not very popular, is a very engaging subject if delved into. By no means it is an easy science to master

and is deemed as an inexact science - never fully predictable. However, graphologists' say, if one painstakingly masters all the detailed factors of our handwriting, then our personal traits can be precisely evaluated. An expert eye can easily identify a drug-addict, criminal or a rapist.

However, there are some basic and interesting facts, which help us evaluate the handwriting of others and ourselves. The size of our script forms a major factor. Writing small indicates a meticulous, restrained, academic, thrifty person who does not seek limelight. Nor is he very communicative. Bold and big writing means bold behaviour in thoughts and actions. It indicates confidence, strong motivation and a desire for attention and recognition. Personalities with too big a script love to boast and may lack concentration and discipline. But those with middle or average size handwritings are secure, lawful, traditional, adaptable and practical.

The slant in our writing is another crucial factor. Most of us write with a slant towards the right. Such personalities are warm, communicative, and sympathetic. They cry and laugh more easily. A left slant on the contrary indicates a suspicious, introverted, cold, insensitive personality who rarely laughs and is one who hides from life, as he has something to conceal. It is the straight vertical writer who is self-controlled, emotions in check, secure, self-reliant and a head rules heart personality. He would be an ideal manager. However an extreme right slant indicates a passionate, bombastic, impulsive, hysterical personality who is an emotional bonfire. Extreme left indicates fear of life and an emotionally withdrawn individual who is out of touch with reality. Fortunately such writing is rare and such a person may be emotionally unsound.

There are only few qualities which handwriting cannot reveal. The age of a person can never be disclosed through handwriting though signs of immaturity can be deciphered. One also cannot determine the sex though masculine and feminine qualities come into play. Other factors, which escape scrutiny, are one's race, religion and the fact if one is left or right handed.

Spacing between words, lines and letters give vital clues. The spacing represent the physical and mental contact between one's self and the society. Very narrow spacing between words indicates a person's strong desire for contact and closeness with others. He may crowd others for attention. Very wide spacing shows the desire for privacy and space. He may want to distance himself from social contact. Spacing between lines is proportional to the interaction one wishes to have with the environment and society. Normal spacing between words and lines indicates harmony, balance and flexibility. Lines far apart from each other show a tendency for isolation - psychologically and physically from society and environment. Lines close to each other show an urge for closeness with society and environment, while lines tangled and overlapping show a confused person with lack of clarity and concentration, though he maybe forceful and creative.

So next time while holding a pen, take a deep breath and with an even pressure write tall and straight. Take care to leave the right space between letters, words and lines. You may discover how your fears and obsessions affect your writing and try to rectify them .

SOME INTERESTING facts in handwriting analysis are in the style of the written alphabet.

The letter `g' of a mathematician or an analytic individual looks like the numbers 8 or 9. A very large capital `I' indicates ego, while a very small `I' reveals low self-esteem. A cautious, sly individual has his `o' and `a' tightly compressed. If you begin your `m' and `n' with a wavy stroke, you are bound to have a sense of humour. Meanwhile sharply pointed `m' and `n' indicates sharpness of mind. If your `g' and `y' have long and rounded stems you are one who enjoys life and a pleasure seeker. But if they are narrow and long you are practical with a no-nonsense approach. If your `d' has a tall and un-looped stem, you have a lot of dignity and pride. But if the stem is short and un-looped you are modest and humble. And if it is tall and a very wide loop you are hypersensitive, vain and conceited. A mentally disturbed patient's script will be exaggerated with double dotted `i' s and double crossed `t's. In drug-addicts and alcoholics `t' may not be crossed and letters will be jerky.

HEMJIT BHARATHAN