The study of handwriting is known as graphology, and is considered a science. Analysis/study of handwriting reveals things such as anger, anxiety, depression, ego, happiness, or even drug abuse. The police and FBI have been known to use it to expose forgery, fraud, and even solve crimes.

In addition, Shakespeare used it in his plays. If you’d like to be able to improve your handwriting, try Master Handwriting.

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Things you will need to study handwriting

  • Pen
  • Protractor
  • Ruler
  • Magnifying glass
  • Sample of handwriting

How to Analyze Handwriting


First of all, start by looking at the slant. Does the handwriting slant to the left, to the right, or is it straight up? If you’re not sure, you can use a protractor. If the handwriting slants to the left, the person is most likely shy/timid.

If the handwriting slants to the right, they are most likely outgoing and more emotional. However, if the handwriting is straight up, this indicates that they know exactly what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it.


Next, you want to take a look at the lines. Is the base line straight, or does it drop down or go up on the page? If the line drops down the page, the writer is depressed or fatigued. They barely have the energy to keep writing.

A straight base line is rarely found, but typically means that the writer is probably holding a ruler under the line to keep it level. Most of the time, writing does bounce up and down the page, which is normal. Finally, if the base line is rising, chances are the writer is full of energy and very outgoing.

However, if an individual is depressed and has decided to commit suicide, their lines will typically slant up because they’ve decided to escape their unhappiness.


The size of an individual’s writing is also very important in the study of handwriting. If the person writes large, they need to be seen and heard, and material possessions are important to them. They are very social, and enjoy being the center of attention.

On the other hand, if an individual writes very small, they are very good in professions such as accounting, research, or chemistry. They are able to concentrate on one thing, often so deeply, that it’s difficult to pull them away. In addition, they are typically quite shy.

Final stroke

At the end of each word is the “final” stroke. Pay close attention to this, as it could offer lots of insight into the writer. If there are no “final” strokes, the writer tends to be matter of fact and very few people actually know them well.

At work, these are the individuals who keep to themselves and prefer a job that they are in control of, and don’t have to mix with co-workers. On the other hand, long strokes at the end of letters indicate several things, depending upon the stroke.

A long, straight stroke indicates that the writer wants their space. They believe in the thought “what is mine is mine,” and typically don’t enjoy sharing their thoughts. If the “final” stroke curls, the writer is most likely friendly and optimistic.

Pronoun “I”

The pronoun “I” is very important when it comes to handwriting analysis. If the “I” is printed with lines at the top and bottom, the writer has set boundaries on themselves and are aware of how far they can go with what they have.

A straight line “I” indicates that they writer is matter of fact and fully aware of his/her own capabilities. These individuals are often blunt and tell things the way they see them.


As you can see, you can find out a lot about a person by looking at their handwriting. When you study handwriting, you can determine compatibility with a partner.

For example, couples who are considering moving in together may compare their handwriting and find out that one of them will have to make some major adjustments to make the relationship work. One may end up being an introvert and the other an extrovert.

Keep in mind that a decision is not made on writing until all of it has been looked at. Don’t be too hasty to make a judgement from just a couple of pages of writing. Usually, a graphologist would prefer to have at least 1-2 pages of writing done on different days at different times.

In addition, a graphologist needs to be aware of whether the writer is on medication because this can change handwriting. Alcohol and/or drug abuse will be revealed in the formation of the letters in the eyes of a trained graphologist.

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