Here Are 15 Things Your Signature Says About Your Personality

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Handwriting analysis may be a controversial science, but the fact that it’s used by the FBI to create psychological profiles of suspects and to identify them means that the style in which you script your words certainly does reveal a lot about you. Not only is it an identifying characteristic (unlike fingerprints, handwriting can be copied, but it’s difficult) but the way letters are put to paper offers insight into how that person thinks, acts, and their temperament when they wrote the sample.

As revealing as handwriting can be, experts find signatures to be even more revealing. Your signed name is your brand, your logo, and it’s developed at a young age then carried with you for years. Remarkably, they don’t evolve much, so the facets of a signature can be somewhat reliably used to learn about a person, even without meeting them.

Here, you can learn what some of the most important hallmarks of a signature are, and the interesting traits they reveal.

Downward Slope

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While this technique doesn’t QUITE mean you’re a pessimist, its signer can bear some pessimistic traits. For example, you tend to heavily weight the options and circumstances before setting. You’re also cautiously guarded. That’s why you’ll see celebrities’ signatures often evolve from slanting up to slanting down as they tend to value their privacy more and more as they age.

Initials

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If you’re not disclosing your full name in your signature, you’re likely a private person who is hard to read. Strangely, this characteristic CAN be picked up later in life, both to reflect a personality change or to better fit circumstances if you find yourself signing your name over and over again.

Underscoring

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Underlining? Self-importance. Often to overcompensate for a lack of achievement or recognition of achievement. It’s a pretty forward statement that many feel should be avoided in professional settings, lest the signer appear to be trying too hard.

A Rightward Slant

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Leaning your scrawl to the right side of the page suggests an outgoing personality. However, this one’s pretty unreliable, because many lefties tend to do this by nature to avoid the spin of a notebook.

No Slant

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An even, north-south orientation on your letters suggests fairness and balance. It may be an effort to make your signature easy to read, which is the sign of someone who’s approachable and friendly.

An Illegible Scrawl

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If you can’t read a signature, that might be a sign of intelligence or even general business. Of course, that might just be something people with terrible penmanship want the world to believe…

Heavy Ornamentation

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Unsurprisingly, this is a purposeful demonstration of creative flair in the effort to make a statement about the person signing or their beliefs. Including a nickname in your signature suggests confidence in being independent of convention.

Large First Letter(s)

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Big initial letters suggest a strong, often overpowering sense of self-worth. It can easily become arrogance – it’s pretty much up to the beholder to draw the line where they’re comfortable. Obama’s got this signature in spades. It can also be a tool to make your presence felt if people are watching you sign, which is often the case with world leaders.

Legible First Name, Illegible Surname

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This strange dichotomy isn’t very common, but it’s a powerful indicator when you do come across it. By emphasizing the first name, your putting a symbolic emphasis on personal achievement, rather than on professional goals, which would be more closely attached to the last name.

Swooping, Large Letters

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We all know Joh Hancock’s downright gaudy signature carried this hallmark, but what does it mean? Well, it’s a sign of confidence and extroversion. Shy people don’t’ want their signature to necessarily stand out. Gregarious people do.

A Decorative Flick

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While it may seem optimistic, the upward flourish at the end of a signature is demonstrative of a proactive person who doesn’t quit in the face of adversity.

Ending with a Period

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While putting a period at the end of a brief text message is often construed as a sign of hostility or aggression, putting one at the end of your signature denotes self-importance and stubbornness. As if the period emphasizes that YOUR name is the one thing that matters on the page. Many leaders have this flourish on their signatures.

First Name Only

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As the signature would imply, refraining from including your last name indicates that you have a casual approach to both business and other traditionally formal relationships.

Undotted “I”s

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This omission, seemingly the sign of sloppiness or impatience, is actually an indication that the signer stays focused on the bigger picture and doesn’t get bogged down in details.

A Final Upward Turn

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This little flair at the end, when upward, demonstrates a clear sense of optimism that you wish to share with others (though not necessarily through your signature).