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Our handwriting is a mirror of our brain and body at any given moment in time...a complex composite of both neuropsychological and physical operations are required to produce a single handwritten word. Therefore it follows that our brain's functional wiring (personality) would find its reflection somewhere on our handwritten pages as well. Forensic analysts, hiring specialists, and many others in this world critique handwriting samples to determine information such as personality traits, mental condition, employment-related characteristics, and honesty of those who wrote them.

Do the following articles describe accurately the details of your handwriting, relative to your MBTI type?

I'm curious as to how accurate these handwriting generalizations are for you...my tendency is towards a bit of skepticism, since emotional state, enneatype, and psychological health may undermine the accuracy of the cognitive function-writing style generalizations.

The first article quoted below describes tendencies (not blanket rules, since handwriting styles can vary from day to day in the same individual based on changing mental or physical states) that differentiate between the first three letters of your type - extroversion (E) vs. introversion (I), intuition (N) vs. sensing (S), and feeling (F) vs. thinking (T).

The second article describes handwriting traits characteristic of specific cognitive functions. Do not compare the handwriting samples as a whole against your own handwriting, or your conclusions won't be accurate, and remember that they are not just evidence of the dominant function listed but also of other (auxiliary and tertiary) functions in use by the writer - only compare the specific traits discussed in the article about those handwriting samples...reading of the article is necessary; viewing pictures and their captions alone will lead to misconceptions.

Article 1:

Both the MBTI and handwriting analysis are accurate and reliable methods of discovering one's personality. Because of their similarity, it's not surprising that a relationship exists between these two systems; that is, certain elements in handwriting often correspond to an MBTI trait. Note that these correlations are general trends, and do not always go hand-in-hand.

The size of a person's handwriting indicates the degree of Extraversion. The bigger someone writes, the more likely he is an Extravert. With this in mind, you'll notice that actors and actresses tend to have large handwriting whereas the handwriting of scientists and writers, who are more often Introverts, tends to be small.

The emphasis on the lower and middle zones indicates a greater likelihood that a person is a Sensor, while upper zone development means that a person is probably an iNtuitor. This makes sense because the middle and lower zones represent aspects of one's daily life and his physical drives; the upper zone represents intellect, thought, and imagination, qualities often associated with iNtuitors.

Lack of loopiness and angularity is usually found in Thinkers, who look at the facts and essence of an experience; Thinkers are more interested in what happened than who was involved. Feelers, who are more people oriented and emphasize the emotional impact of an experience, have loopier and rounder writing.

The Judger/Perceiver trait is the trickiest one to pinpoint in handwriting. In general, Judgers often have controlled writing with letters that stop abruptly, while Perceivers tend to have somewhat looser writing.

These were explanations of how the letters influence handwriting. For an explanation of cognitive functions in handwriting, see this blog: MBTI Typology and Handwriting – Basal Right – Feeling | Handwriting Analysis News
-- article quoted from this website


Article 2:

Partnering Type with Graphology

by Lisa Schuetz

The science of human expressive gestures owes its existence to a natural law that seems to apply to all living creatures. Classically expressed as, “As within, so also without,” this basic principle tells us that every human muscle movement is ripe with psychological information that can be understood by the educated careful observer. Body language, facial expression, and graphic gestures (handwriting, doodles, and drawings) offer unfiltered, uncontaminated information about our subconscious drives, innate temperament, and possible neuroses or energy blocks (Wolff, 1943, 1948; Teillard, 1993; Nezos, 1986, 1993; Allport, 1933). We can ’read‘ this energy for diagnosis and manipulate it for the purpose of healing.

The piece of paper on which an individual writes represents that person’s world. Thus, how we put strokes on paper mimics how we see ourselves in the world and how we move through it. Handwriting is basically “brainwriting” (Roman, 1952; Bernard, 1985). How we express ourselves on paper originates not from our hand but from neural impulses from our subconscious. Our movements on paper give us direct information into the organization of our brain and the state of our energy field, that is, the energy state of our emotions and thoughts.
We can use the bidirectional relationship between body and mind to gain insight into ourselves and others. In fact, most of us already do this in everyday life in the reading of voice quality and body language such as facial expressions, gait, gesticulation, and posture. Handwriting is one of the many expressive gestures that humans make and it is one that supplies a permanent record, a snapshot in time of the state of balance or imbalance of our body, mind, and spirit.


The intimate, unique relationship that exists between the hand and the brain has particular potential to give psychological insight. Graphology deserves new consideration, given the information now available about the interrelationship between the mind and the body (Haier, 1988; Wartenburger, 2010; Pert,1997). The field earned respect in Europe in the early twentieth century. It was part of the social sciences in Germany before World War One, during the era of the first modern-day character and temperament studies, and gained a place in the field of psychological testing during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Carl Jung wrote often of the mind/body relationship, as well as of the ability to use physiology to see whether or not change is taking place. (See for example Dream Analysis, 1984, p. 131.)


In America, Gordon Allport, a Harvard educator, studied human motor behaviors and how they mirror personality in the 1930s. His treatise contains numerous controlled experiments, which discovered congruence between expressive movements (e.g., handwriting, gestures, gait) and attitudes, traits, and values (Allport, 1933, pp. 247-248). Allport felt that the discovery of well-integrated and consistent expression in human motor expressions would establish a “presumption that similar patterning is to be expected in all aspects of personality” (p. ix). Handwriting, he concluded, is a “crystallized form of gesture, an intricate but accessible prism which reflects many, if not all, of the inner consistencies of personality” (p. 186).


Estonian-born Ania Teillard was the first psychoanalyst to research the link between depth psychology and graphology and to see Jung’s psychological types through handwriting. Working closely with Jung for over 20 years, she laid the groundwork for understanding the handwriting indicators for the four Jungian functions and two attitudes. It may be the fact that her seminal work, The Soul and Handwriting, was not translated into English until the early 1990s that has kept acceptance and use of graphology in the United States lagging behind its application in Europe.


The Polarities of the Psyche
The psyche is a self-regulating energy system, and as with all such systems, it functions on the principle of polarity. Some of the major paired energies operating within us that we can readily see and interpret from writing are intensity and relaxation, objective/logical/yang and subjective/emotional/yin energy, and intellectual and physical energy.


Intensity
Notice the squeezed appearance and rigid-looking formations in the following writing sample. This sample, from Otto von Bismarck, Germany’s first chancellor, indicates tension—’uptight-ness.’ The individual may be emotionally inhibited or overly controlled in expression of thoughts and feelings, which results in narrowness of thinking (Wolff, 1943, pp. 259 and 264).



Relaxation
Notice the relaxed look of the following writing sample and the garland shapes at the base of letters. The garland is the most practical, quick, easy, natural, and agreeable way of connecting two letters. Some qualities associated with formations like these are naturalness, friendliness, talkativeness, adaptability, an easygoing nature, and a benevolent personality. Just as the gesture of an open, cupped hand conveys a sense of reaching out in a friendly manner, this open, cupped-shape connection indicates the same in writing.



If the writing’s form looks overly relaxed, as in the following, the person may lack mental control and focus and be highly impulsive.



At its most basic level, writing is a series of two different lines, or strokes, that are put together: straight and curved. Each arises out of a different area in the brain. Straight strokes arise from the left hemisphere and curved strokes arise from the right. Each has different psychological associations (Wolff, 1943, p. 260). Healthy, well-integrated personalities will have writing that exhibits a nice balance between these strokes, just as the most balanced people have fluency in using a variety of mental processes, not just a couple of preferred ones. The writing in the first example, above, would be considered a very rigid, left-brain writing. The second example above would be considered a very curved, right-brain writing. And the writing sample below (Teillard, 1993, p. 158) demonstrates balance:




Handwriting and Jung’s Function-Attitudes



Accurately measuring and evaluating handwriting is a detailed and painstaking process. Measurements are taken with engineering calipers, for the greatest accuracy. There are 64 items to measure and assess in handwriting, when evaluating Jungian functions (Moore, 1988; Teillard, 1993; Bosack et al, 1996). For the purposes of this article, we will look at the most basic and important ones for each. It is important to be aware that, when evaluating handwriting, the writing is compared to the copybook, or schoolbook model:



The line of writing [my note: that is, the stroke, the line written by the pen], or ‘ductus,’ can be modified in four main ways: It can be made heavier, lighter, smaller, or larger. Each of the four Jungian functions tends to bring one of these particular qualities to the stroke. Following are some general guidelines:


1. Thinking diminishes the stroke. It makes the stroke smaller; energy is concentrated.
2. Feeling
expands the stroke. It makes the writing larger, softer.
3. Intuition
lightens the stroke. It gives the writing movement, rhythm, and sometimes instability.
4. Sensation
makes the stroke heavier; it stabilizes the writing.


Extraversion and Introversion

Adding another layer to this is the effect that extraversion and introversion have on the writing. As noted earlier, the blank piece of paper symbolically represents our universe. How we put writing on the paper—how the pen moves across the paper—represents how we see ourselves fitting into life and how we navigate through it.

Extraversion is characterized by a tendency toward expansion. There is an emphasis on centrifugal movement (movement away from the body). Extraverted handwriting is more right-tending and wider. The writing ‘dominates’ the white space of the paper.

By contrast, with introversion there is a tendency toward compression, more narrowness. Less space is used. The introvert is not visibly flamboyant. Typically, there is a simplification evident in the writing stroke.

It must be stressed that when evaluating handwriting it is important to look at things in their entirety. Just as we cannot tell the true physical characteristics of a person by isolating what the nose might look like, we can’t take one quality in a handwriting sample and assign a value on its own. Qualities and traits that are seen need to be evaluated in relationship, and in combination, with one another.

Sample 1, Introverted Intuition (Ni): [my note: what they are saying is that Ni is evidenced by a lot of activity in the upper zone of the writing...your writing won't necessarily look like this sample, but the upper parts of letters will be emphasized in some way]

The primary function evident in this sample[SUP]1[/SUP] is Intuition. Some of the strokes that reveal a lightening of the ductus are marked by circles showing what is called ‘upper zone dynamics.’ Activity in this area, through a variety of possible different stroke formations, indicates Intuition. Also marked by arrows are just a few of the baseline breaks, or ‘intuitive breaks.’


The auxiliary function would be Thinking as evidenced by the small size of the letters. General left slant and tight letter spacing within the words evidence introversion. [Implied type code: INTJ]

Sample 2, Extraverted Intuition (Ne):



This sample has many “intuitive breaks.” There is a sense of forward movement in this writing. The auxiliary function would be Feeling due to the larger size of the letters. Notice the width of letters and spacing: This is termed “horizontal expansion.” This person occupies more of his universe, compared to the first sample. Extraversion is present here. [Implied type code: ENFP]

Sample 3, Introverted Feeling (Fi):



Here the outstanding feature is the irregular height of letters, as can be seen by comparing the letters in the word “going” marked above. This, along with the horizontal expansion indicates that the primary function is Feeling. The vertical to left slant indicates introversion. There is conflict here seen in having a left slant, which is regressive and past-oriented, with the width, which is a progressive, future-oriented movement. While this person might crave contact with others, her fears are holding her back. The auxiliary function is Intuition. [Implied type code: INFP]

Sample 4, Extraverted Feeling (Fe):



The rounded formation, as seen in the marked “s,” along with the cupped, garland formation as shown in the “r,” as well as the good horizontal expansion would make the main function Feeling. The width would score as extraversion, along with the moderate right slant of the letter formations. The auxiliary function here is Sensing, indicated by the high degree of letter connectivity within words. [Implied type code: ESFJ]

Sample 5, Introverted Thinking (Ti):



Plain to see in this writing is the small size, along with clear spacing between words and lines. This scores heavily for Thinking. The vertical, narrow appearance suggests introversion, and an auxiliary function of Intuition as shown by the many breaks in letter connections within words. [Implied type code: INTP]


Sample 6, Extraverted Thinking (Te):



What we notice first is the smaller size of the middle zone letters (letters that don’t have upper and lower loops, such as a, c, e, i, etc.) along with clear line spacing. This indicates Thinking, but here, in contrast to the previous sample, there is a right slant and a sense of progression to the right, adding to a score for extraversion. Notice also how very connected (no intuitive breaks) the letters are within the words. This is indicative of Sensing, which is the auxiliary function here. [Implied type code: ESTJ]

Sample 7, Introverted Sensing (Si):



Easily noticed here is the heaviness to the ductus; a characteristic of Sensing. Sensory experiences are absorbed and, like a sponge gains mass as it absorbs water, the Sensing writer’s lines seem to swell from the accumulated mass of concrete experiences. This heaviness, along with how connected the letters are (notice the word “preparing” in third line), indicates a strong Sensing function. When words are very connected, the thinking is very logical, methodical, and factual. There are not bursts of intuition breaking forth, thus breaking the connections, as is seen with Intuiting types. The vertical, somewhat narrow nature scores for introversion. The auxiliary function would be Thinking. [Implied type code: ISTJ]

Sample 8, Extraverted Sensing (Se):



What strikes the eye first is the heavy stroke, connectivity of letters, large middle zone letter size, and over-lapping lines. The primary function would be Sensing, and auxiliary function would be Feeling. Extraversion has a stronger score but again there is conflict. This is seen in the large letter height with overly narrow spacing. This person desires to be in the limelight, has strong ego needs (large letter height), yet is afraid of venturing forth (narrowness). [Implied type code: ESFP]


Conclusion



Though we may not be always consciously aware of it, we all constantly gather nonverbal information from people during our interactions. We notice facial expressions and take note of how someone walks, sits, shakes hands, etc. Instinctively, we know that these mannerisms and gestures contain meaning and give insight into a person’s inner territory. Handwriting, or how we ‘move’ on paper, contains information in a form that is preserved for exhaustive scrutiny. A flexible, integrated, balanced brain is outwardly evidenced by fluidity and gracefulness in our handwriting and other movements of our body. The quality of our voice and our expressive gestures reflect the state of organization and integration in the brain. How we adorn and embellish our writing, the extraneous qualities our strokes have, and whether there is balance or imbalance in our stroke formation all provide a window into how our brain is operating and the state of balance in the body, mind, and spirit.


[SUP]1[/SUP] Samples 1-8 are from a presentation by Edith K. Leslie (2000), archived by the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation. Unless otherwise noted, all other samples are from my private collection.


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Nope, mine looks like sample 8.
 
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I'll write down a bit of the original post on a piece of paper tomorrow and I'll let you guys decide what my handwriting tells about me. Overall, very interesting read, thanks! ^_^
 
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My handwriting is strikingly similar to yours!
Hey, we even have the same enneagram!

More people should post some of theirs too!
 

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Hey, we even have the same enneagram!

More people should post some of theirs too!
Okay. I'll play. :proud: Here's some of my (INFJ) handwriting:
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It was really cool to to say that feelers tend to extend the lines, whereas thinkers tend to shorten them. Here's my SO's (INTJ) handwriting:

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I can see the iNtuitive in both of the examples. :proud:
 

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I'm INFJ male, 2w1 5w4 1w?

What handwriting style does it look like I have? (I'm also a lefty if that matters)



There it is, spelling mistake and all! *ack* Well there's one way to get over a feeling of perfectionism, post your mistakes to the internet for posterity :p

EDIT: I had always had poor writing in school and I pressed too hard and it was always difficult and I opted to type projects long before that was requested or even required just because I had a fluidity and ease in typing that I could never achieve by hand. Later on in life I have discovered I definitely have dysgraphia, but still I tried my hardest to write legibly.

It was during college that I got Saul William's Niggy Tardust album, and it came as a digital download with a lyrics PDF that Saul had handwritten. His letterforms were violent and angry, his spacing was poetic, and his visual rhythm was hypnotizing. It was then that I realized the beauty in handwriting isn't in conformity to existing styles, but in expressing our unique individuality in a voice all our own. Since then, I've been more liberal with my handwriting. Swoops, dashes, curls and tails. Descenders, writing out old style numbers. I've been enjoying myself. I type when I need to type, and when I write I just let it fly. I also am trying to care less about my perfectionism so I write in ink so I can't go back and edit things. It's such a relief now.

Here's a sample of Saul's writing that liberated me from my little prison of thinking I had to write like everybody else:

 

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This is cool. I'll post some of my writing (aka hybrid cursive-printing - is that an issue?) tomorrow when I can use my scanner.

For now, I think I can affirm that some of this describes my writing style. You're completely right in cautiously accepting this stuff because of the multitude of factors that can influence your mental state though. Just going through my old notebooks I can see the difference between my notes from my first and last classes of the same day for instance, and clearly where I was frantically trying to get something down xD.

It seems as though my writing indicates introversion and intuition, and a bit of feeling preference consistently. I write very lightly, especially when using pencil, almost illegibly so at times. It also seems to inevitably start "floating" upward into this upper zone the second article talks about lol, as well as having that top-left emphasis. Moreover, it's really unstable. I've never been able to understand how some people can make their writing look so uniform... I can't even faithfully reproduce a friggin letter. MAYBE a lower case "L"... on a good day. Anyway, it's also a little more loopy than angular on average.
 

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My handwriting looks similar to @Mapulation funny enough.
When I am writing something "special" anyway..

Most of the time my handwriting is intended purely to get things written down without any sort of flashiness.
Large readable letters. My sentences fall off the side of the page when I run out of room.. o.o

My actual cursive is terrible, so everything I do is in some form of print. x.x
 

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You know, I've always been cautious of this "handwriting analysis" thing, but my handwriting seems very Ne, from what I understood from above. Very interesting - I'll put up my handwriting sample soon to see if it lines up with what is said at all!

One thing is that I learnt cursive in school in a very archaic way. We had hose practice books, and everyone's writing pretty much ended up looking alike. I spent years trying to find "my" handwriting, and I finally settled on one in my 20s and am happy.
 

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ayah.


I have sometimes felt I have 2 different handwriting styles and this thread explains why, one is when I am using my Ti and the other is when my Ni and Fe are just going for it.
@Ashcancowgirl I also sometimes have hybrid print cursive writing
 

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I've always found this kind of thing fascinating!

Here's some of mine... am I INFJ enough?

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definitely looks like there is Ni in there!! :) i'm no expert so i'm really a bad person to ask about this...this sort of analysis is an interest but not a skill of mine. oOoOps hopefully other people will chime in with their opinions!!!

I'm INFJ male, 2w1 5w4 1w?

What handwriting style does it look like I have? (I'm also a lefty if that matters)

i don't know enough on this topic to tell you for sure; this is just an uneducated opinion! :) i do notice intuitive breaks and the irregular height of letters said to be associated with Fi.

This is cool. I'll post some of my writing (aka hybrid cursive-printing - is that an issue?) tomorrow when I can use my scanner.

For now, I think I can affirm that some of this describes my writing style. You're completely right in cautiously accepting this stuff because of the multitude of factors that can influence your mental state though. Just going through my old notebooks I can see the difference between my notes from my first and last classes of the same day for instance, and clearly where I was frantically trying to get something down xD.

It seems as though my writing indicates introversion and intuition, and a bit of feeling preference consistently. I write very lightly, especially when using pencil, almost illegibly so at times. It also seems to inevitably start "floating" upward into this upper zone the second article talks about lol, as well as having that top-left emphasis. Moreover, it's really unstable. I've never been able to understand how some people can make their writing look so uniform... I can't even faithfully reproduce a friggin letter. MAYBE a lower case "L"... on a good day. Anyway, it's also a little more loopy than angular on average.
hybrid cursive-printing is no problem, as far as i know.

if your handwriting always looked perfectly the same, that would make you a font. :p

if your handwriting flows upward and to the right, as you write a line of text across a page from left to right, that can be indicative of an optimistic mindset. :) not sure if that is what you meant by "flows upward," though ~
 

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hybrid cursive-printing is no problem, as far as i know.

if your handwriting always looked perfectly the same, that would make you a font. :p

if your handwriting flows upward and to the right, as you write a line of text across a page from left to right, that can be indicative of an optimistic mindset. :) not sure if that is what you meant by "flows upward," though ~
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Analyze away :happy:
 

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I had a few things written down in a notebook that I took a peek at. Don't have a scanner so I can't show it.

The first thing was some ideas I had that were jotted down, and the second is a draft of something I was writing to someone. Lo and behold, both of them have those "intuitive breaks" in the letters. Even more interesting, my written ideas are smaller and blockier in shape, while my message draft fills up the whole lines, has more curves, and is noticeably larger.

Egads! The style may be less dependent on your total functions than it is dependent on the function you are using when you are writing it.
 

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I studied the fuck out of this a while ago. It's an amusing party trick, but little else in the way of practicality. Though, 'tis incredibly useful in certain thought experiments, and entertaining to have learned.
 
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I found an old scan, early musings on introversion and stuff.

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I couldn't do cursive to save my life.
 
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