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What does your handwriting say about you? Study finds more than 5,000 personality traits are linked to how we write

  • People who write letters close together are intrusive and crowd others
  • Illegible signatures mean a person is private and difficult to understand
  • Words or sentences that vary to the rest of the text suggest it is a lie
  • Schizophrenia and high blood pressure can also be identified from writing

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Victoria Woollaston


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Are you an outgoing, sceptical people pleaser? Or an arrogant, practical person who has a tendency to lie?

According to research from the National Pen Company in the U.S., your handwriting can give away clues about 5,000 different personality traits based on the way you space your letters, how you sign your name, and even how you connect the letter ‘o’ and ‘s’ to other letters in a word.

It can even be used to identify potential health problems including schizophrenia, high blood pressure as well as how much energy you have.

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According to the National Pen Company, the size of someone's handwriting can determine the type of personality they have.

According to the National Pen Company, the size of someone's handwriting can determine the type of personality they have.

According to the National Pen Company in the U.S., the size of someone’s handwriting can determine the type of personality they have. People with small handwriting tend to be shy, studious and meticulous, whereas outgoing people who love attention will have larger handwriting

People who leave large gaps between words enjoy their freedom and don't like to be crowded, while people who write words close together can't stand to be alone and might be intrusive

People who leave large gaps between words enjoy their freedom and don't like to be crowded, while people who write words close together can't stand to be alone and might be intrusive

People who leave large gaps between words enjoy their freedom and don’t like to be crowded, while people who write words close together can’t stand to be alone and might be intrusive

The process of analysing handwriting is called graphology.

It is classed as a pseudoscientific because there are debates about how accurate it can be at determining psychological and even physical attributes.

Some companies use graphology during recruitment processes and the methods have also been used in court cases.

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The research carried out by the National Pen Company brought together a range of graphology studies to create its infographic.

According to the graphic, the size of someone’s handwriting can determine the type of personality they have.

People with small handwriting tend to be shy, studious and meticulous, whereas outgoing people who love attention will have larger handwriting.

The type of looping created by the letters 'l' and 'e' can suggest a person's nature, for example, wide loops means someone is relaxed and spontaneous as well as open minded.

The type of looping created by the letters 'l' and 'e' can suggest a person's nature, for example, wide loops means someone is relaxed and spontaneous as well as open minded.

The type of looping created by the letters ‘l’ and ‘e’ can suggest a person’s nature, for example, wide loops means someone is relaxed and spontaneous as well as open minded. People who write narrow loops tend to be skeptical of others and may restrict themselves from certain activities, which causes feelings of tension

If the dot of a letter is situated high about the base, it suggests the writer has a great imagination.

If the dot of a letter is situated high about the base, it suggests the writer has a great imagination.

If the dot of a letter is situated high above the base it suggests the writer has a great imagination. If the dot is close to the base, they are organised and empathetic. Procrastinators tend to dot their ‘i’s and ‘j’s to the left of the base letter, while child-like personality types will draw their dots as circles

Long crosses on 't's suggests someone who is determined and enthusiastic, but also stubborn.

Long crosses on 't's suggests someone who is determined and enthusiastic, but also stubborn.

Long crosses on ‘t’s suggests someone who is determined and enthusiastic, but also stubborn. Short crosses tend to be written by someone who is lazy

If handwriting is an average size – in that the top of the letters sit just below the centre of line – the writer is well-adjusted and adaptable.

Moving onto the spacing of words, people who leave large gaps between words enjoy their freedom and don’t like to be crowded, while people who write words close together can’t stand to be alone and might be intrusive.

If handwriting slants to the right the person is open to new experiences and enjoy meeting new people. If handwriting slants to the left, that person tends to keep themselves to themselves.

People whose handwriting doesn’t slant in either direction are logical and practical.

Personality traits are also identifiable by the way individual letters are written.

People who write rounded letters are more creative and artistic while pointed letters are a sign of aggression or intelligence.

People who write rounded letters are more creative and artistic while pointed letters are a sign of aggression or intelligence.

A rounded lowercase 's' means the writer is a people pleaser, but if the rounded bottom is too wide, it suggests they may not be following their heart either in their career or other pursuits.

A rounded lowercase 's' means the writer is a people pleaser, but if the rounded bottom is too wide, it suggests they may not be following their heart either in their career or other pursuits.

People who write rounded letters are more creative and artistic while pointed letters are a sign of aggression or intelligence. Connected letters mean the writer is logical. People who specifically write rounded lowercase ‘s’ letters are people pleasers, although if the bottom is too wide, they’re not following their heart in something

According to the graphic, the type of looping created by the letters ‘l’ and ‘e’ can suggest a person’s nature, for example, wide loops means someone is relaxed and spontaneous as well as open minded.

Alternatively, people who write narrow loops tend to be skeptical of others and may restrict themselves from certain activities, which causes feelings of tension.

The way people dot their ‘i’s and cross their ‘t’s can also be a personality indicator.

If the dot of the letter is situated high above the base it suggests the writer has a great imagination.

If the dot is close to the base, they are organised and empathetic.

Procrastinators tend to dot their ‘i’s and ‘j’s to the left of the base letter, while child-like personality types will draw their dots as circles.

People who place heavy pressure on the pen when they write, which can cause darker, thicker handwriting, are good with commitment and taking things seriously but don't respond well to criticism.

People who place heavy pressure on the pen when they write, which can cause darker, thicker handwriting, are good with commitment and taking things seriously but don't respond well to criticism.

If someone writes quickly they are impatient and dislike delays or time wasters, and slower writers are more methodical and self reliant.

If someone writes quickly they are impatient and dislike delays or time wasters, and slower writers are more methodical and self reliant.

People who place heavy pressure on the pen when they write, which causes darker, thicker handwriting are good with commitment and taking things seriously. Light-handed writers tend to be empathetic and sensitive but lack vitality. If someone writes quickly they are impatient while and slower writers are more methodical

Slashes used in the place of dots mean the writer doesn’t have patience for inadequacy or are overly self-critical and are annoyed by people who don’t learn from their mistakes.

Long crosses on ‘t’s suggests someone who is determined and enthusiastic, but also stubborn. Short crosses tend to be written by someone who is lazy.

People who write rounded letters are more creative and artistic while
pointed letters are a sign of aggression or intelligence. Connected
letters mean the writer is logical.

When people write the letter ‘o’ with a loop or hole at the top of the letter, it means they are talkative and sociable, while closed ‘o’s indicate someone who is private.

Similarly, a rounded lowercase ‘s’ means the writer is a people pleaser, but if the rounded bottom is too wide it suggests they may not be following their heart either in their career or other pursuits.

People who place heavy pressure on the pen when they write, which can cause darker, thicker handwriting, are good with commitment and taking things seriously but don’t respond well to criticism.

Light-handed writers tend to be empathetic and sensitive but lack vitality.

Illegible signatures, left, are a sign that the writer is private and hard to read. More legible signatures, right, are a sign of confidence

Illegible signatures, left, are a sign that the writer is private and hard to read. More legible signatures, right, are a sign of confidence

Illegible signatures, left, are a sign that the writer is private and hard to read. More legible signatures, right, are a sign of confidence

If handwriting slants to the right, the writer is open to new experiences. If handwriting slants to the left, that person tends to keep themselves to themselves

If handwriting slants to the right, the writer is open to new experiences. If handwriting slants to the left, that person tends to keep themselves to themselves

If handwriting slants to the right, the writer is open to new experiences. If handwriting slants to the left, that person tends to keep themselves to themselves

If someone writes quickly they are impatient and dislike delays or time wasters, and slower writers are more methodical and self reliant.

The graph also claims that a person’s health can be identified from their handwriting, for example, people with high blood pressure tend to have writing that is sometimes heavy and dark, and at other times light.

Schizophrenics tend to have writing that switches direction in the way that it slants, between left and right, and this is supposedly a sign of a person ‘not having continual contact with reality’.

One of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease is very small cramped handwriting, known as micrographia.

Handwriting with heavy pressure is also a sign of high energy levels, whereas light pressure is a sign of tiredness.

In other tests, writing the capital letter ‘I’ much larger than other capitals is usually written by someone who is arrogant and have a high opinion of themselves.

Writing that changes dramatically over the course of a text is symbolic of lying.

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What does your handwriting say about you? Study finds more than 5,000 personality traits are linked to how we write

  • People who write letters close together are intrusive and crowd others
  • Illegible signatures mean a person is private and difficult to understand
  • Words or sentences that vary to the rest of the text suggest it is a lie
  • Schizophrenia and high blood pressure can also be identified from writing

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Are you an outgoing, sceptical people pleaser? Or an arrogant, practical person who has a tendency to lie?

According to research from the National Pen Company in the U.S., your handwriting can give away clues about 5,000 different personality traits based on the way you space your letters, how you sign your name, and even how you connect the letter ‘o’ and ‘s’ to other letters in a word.

It can even be used to identify potential health problems including schizophrenia, high blood pressure as well as how much energy you have.

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According to the National Pen Company, the size of someone's handwriting can determine the type of personality they have.

According to the National Pen Company, the size of someone's handwriting can determine the type of personality they have.

According to the National Pen Company in the U.S., the size of someone’s handwriting can determine the type of personality they have. People with small handwriting tend to be shy, studious and meticulous, whereas outgoing people who love attention will have larger handwriting

People who leave large gaps between words enjoy their freedom and don't like to be crowded, while people who write words close together can't stand to be alone and might be intrusive

People who leave large gaps between words enjoy their freedom and don't like to be crowded, while people who write words close together can't stand to be alone and might be intrusive

People who leave large gaps between words enjoy their freedom and don’t like to be crowded, while people who write words close together can’t stand to be alone and might be intrusive

The process of analysing handwriting is called graphology.

It is classed as a pseudoscientific because there are debates about how accurate it can be at determining psychological and even physical attributes.

Some companies use graphology during recruitment processes and the methods have also been used in court cases.

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The research carried out by the National Pen Company brought together a range of graphology studies to create its infographic.

According to the graphic, the size of someone’s handwriting can determine the type of personality they have.

People with small handwriting tend to be shy, studious and meticulous, whereas outgoing people who love attention will have larger handwriting.

The type of looping created by the letters 'l' and 'e' can suggest a person's nature, for example, wide loops means someone is relaxed and spontaneous as well as open minded.

The type of looping created by the letters 'l' and 'e' can suggest a person's nature, for example, wide loops means someone is relaxed and spontaneous as well as open minded.

The type of looping created by the letters ‘l’ and ‘e’ can suggest a person’s nature, for example, wide loops means someone is relaxed and spontaneous as well as open minded. People who write narrow loops tend to be skeptical of others and may restrict themselves from certain activities, which causes feelings of tension

If the dot of a letter is situated high about the base, it suggests the writer has a great imagination.

If the dot of a letter is situated high about the base, it suggests the writer has a great imagination.

If the dot of a letter is situated high above the base it suggests the writer has a great imagination. If the dot is close to the base, they are organised and empathetic. Procrastinators tend to dot their ‘i’s and ‘j’s to the left of the base letter, while child-like personality types will draw their dots as circles

Long crosses on 't's suggests someone who is determined and enthusiastic, but also stubborn.

Long crosses on 't's suggests someone who is determined and enthusiastic, but also stubborn.

Long crosses on ‘t’s suggests someone who is determined and enthusiastic, but also stubborn. Short crosses tend to be written by someone who is lazy

If handwriting is an average size – in that the top of the letters sit just below the centre of line – the writer is well-adjusted and adaptable.

Moving onto the spacing of words, people who leave large gaps between words enjoy their freedom and don’t like to be crowded, while people who write words close together can’t stand to be alone and might be intrusive.

If handwriting slants to the right the person is open to new experiences and enjoy meeting new people. If handwriting slants to the left, that person tends to keep themselves to themselves.

People whose handwriting doesn’t slant in either direction are logical and practical.

Personality traits are also identifiable by the way individual letters are written.

People who write rounded letters are more creative and artistic while pointed letters are a sign of aggression or intelligence.

People who write rounded letters are more creative and artistic while pointed letters are a sign of aggression or intelligence.

A rounded lowercase 's' means the writer is a people pleaser, but if the rounded bottom is too wide, it suggests they may not be following their heart either in their career or other pursuits.

A rounded lowercase 's' means the writer is a people pleaser, but if the rounded bottom is too wide, it suggests they may not be following their heart either in their career or other pursuits.

People who write rounded letters are more creative and artistic while pointed letters are a sign of aggression or intelligence. Connected letters mean the writer is logical. People who specifically write rounded lowercase ‘s’ letters are people pleasers, although if the bottom is too wide, they’re not following their heart in something

According to the graphic, the type of looping created by the letters ‘l’ and ‘e’ can suggest a person’s nature, for example, wide loops means someone is relaxed and spontaneous as well as open minded.

Alternatively, people who write narrow loops tend to be skeptical of others and may restrict themselves from certain activities, which causes feelings of tension.

The way people dot their ‘i’s and cross their ‘t’s can also be a personality indicator.

If the dot of the letter is situated high above the base it suggests the writer has a great imagination.

If the dot is close to the base, they are organised and empathetic.

Procrastinators tend to dot their ‘i’s and ‘j’s to the left of the base letter, while child-like personality types will draw their dots as circles.

People who place heavy pressure on the pen when they write, which can cause darker, thicker handwriting, are good with commitment and taking things seriously but don't respond well to criticism.

People who place heavy pressure on the pen when they write, which can cause darker, thicker handwriting, are good with commitment and taking things seriously but don't respond well to criticism.

If someone writes quickly they are impatient and dislike delays or time wasters, and slower writers are more methodical and self reliant.

If someone writes quickly they are impatient and dislike delays or time wasters, and slower writers are more methodical and self reliant.

People who place heavy pressure on the pen when they write, which causes darker, thicker handwriting are good with commitment and taking things seriously. Light-handed writers tend to be empathetic and sensitive but lack vitality. If someone writes quickly they are impatient while and slower writers are more methodical

Slashes used in the place of dots mean the writer doesn’t have patience for inadequacy or are overly self-critical and are annoyed by people who don’t learn from their mistakes.

Long crosses on ‘t’s suggests someone who is determined and enthusiastic, but also stubborn. Short crosses tend to be written by someone who is lazy.

People who write rounded letters are more creative and artistic while
pointed letters are a sign of aggression or intelligence. Connected
letters mean the writer is logical.

When people write the letter ‘o’ with a loop or hole at the top of the letter, it means they are talkative and sociable, while closed ‘o’s indicate someone who is private.

Similarly, a rounded lowercase ‘s’ means the writer is a people pleaser, but if the rounded bottom is too wide it suggests they may not be following their heart either in their career or other pursuits.

People who place heavy pressure on the pen when they write, which can cause darker, thicker handwriting, are good with commitment and taking things seriously but don’t respond well to criticism.

Light-handed writers tend to be empathetic and sensitive but lack vitality.

Illegible signatures, left, are a sign that the writer is private and hard to read. More legible signatures, right, are a sign of confidence

Illegible signatures, left, are a sign that the writer is private and hard to read. More legible signatures, right, are a sign of confidence

Illegible signatures, left, are a sign that the writer is private and hard to read. More legible signatures, right, are a sign of confidence

If handwriting slants to the right, the writer is open to new experiences. If handwriting slants to the left, that person tends to keep themselves to themselves

If handwriting slants to the right, the writer is open to new experiences. If handwriting slants to the left, that person tends to keep themselves to themselves

If handwriting slants to the right, the writer is open to new experiences. If handwriting slants to the left, that person tends to keep themselves to themselves

If someone writes quickly they are impatient and dislike delays or time wasters, and slower writers are more methodical and self reliant.

The graph also claims that a person’s health can be identified from their handwriting, for example, people with high blood pressure tend to have writing that is sometimes heavy and dark, and at other times light.

Schizophrenics tend to have writing that switches direction in the way that it slants, between left and right, and this is supposedly a sign of a person ‘not having continual contact with reality’.

One of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease is very small cramped handwriting, known as micrographia.

Handwriting with heavy pressure is also a sign of high energy levels, whereas light pressure is a sign of tiredness.

In other tests, writing the capital letter ‘I’ much larger than other capitals is usually written by someone who is arrogant and have a high opinion of themselves.

Writing that changes dramatically over the course of a text is symbolic of lying.

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How do people with horrible handwriting cope? Do they have any strategies for making their writing more readable? What do they do to avoid writing illegible notes/checks/letters?

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Pim Rodriguez

Pim Rodriguez

Had to laugh. Could not help but laugh. I was born to answer this question, hahahaha

I cannot upload a sample of my beautiful penmanship due to some technicalities but anyone who knows me can vouch for my super handwriting. Some of the memorable facts that I received over the years:

  • During high school, I was cleaning up boxes under my bed and saw a photo of me in kindergarten. It was Recognition Day. I was standing in front of a nun (Catholic school) and looking toward the audience. What struck me was the award pinned on my blouse

“Best in Writing”

WHAAAA?? What? What?? I showed it to my mom and sister. They laughed and surmised that the school might have run out of awards and just gave me that -_-

Mom could not even recall I had that award. She recalled the other awards I got but forgot I even had this one. After digging through a pile of kid memorabilia, we even saw the actual award ribbon. Yep. Best in Writing.

We concluded that I was given that because I could WRITE compared to my classmates. Technicality. I knew HOW to write my name and words better than them. Thanks, I guess.

  • Several people over the years could not read my name when I write it down. Even my own childhood BFF had a hard time reading my letters for her. Yep, you read that right. Even with my horrible penmanship, I loved (still do) writing.
  • Another unexpected sort-of-compliment moment was when a college instructor commented on my handwriting. Can’t recall why the conversation went that route but what she said was

“Pim’s handwriting is… it’s big and roundish. It’s easy to read.”

Hahahaha xD I saw her struggle not to offend me, hahaha

To answer your question, when I have to make sure that my handwriting needs to be read/ seen right, I write big enough for the space available, I emphasize curves better and really try not to rush in jotting down words.

In spite of my regal penmanship, I still write a lot in my journal, sticky notes and every other opportunity that this skill can be displayed big and proud 😉

Shulamit Widawsky

Shulamit Widawsky , Writer of mostly nonfiction and a bit of fiction for decades

It entirely depends on the person.

Some people have a kind of learning disability called dysgraphia . People with dysgraphia have a kind of small motor coordination problem that is not just in their hands, but has to do with their neurological connections that allow humans to write.

There are dysgraphic people who can learn to improve their writing with specialized training, but it takes a great deal of effort on their part, and requires extra time and energy to produce legible writing. For those people, it is helpful if they can use a computer for most of their written work, and only use handwriting when it is unavoidable.

My brother has dysgraphia, and he became a judge! But his writing looks like a young child’s writing. He can manage to hand write a phone number and name, but he has to slow way down. It isn’t generally an efficient use of his time. He’s more likely to email or text the message if it must be written, but if he can record a message, he’ll do that.

For writing checks, he does avoid it when possible, but if he has to, he has practiced enough to be able to do it…v e r y . . . s l o w l y.

There are machines one can use to print out checks. E-bay sells them in the U.S. for $20 to $50 (or more) for a “paymaster” machine. It is not electronic, just move the levers to show how many dollars and cents, and pull the lever to imprint the check. Needs ink ribbons, and the right size checks.

Some people with dysgraphia are not going to manage legible writing, if their small motor coordination is very poor, and if they also have dyslexia. For these people, not only are their letters and numbers hard to decipher, they also are writing some characters backwards (like b/d, p/q) and transcribing (like 1, 2, 4, 3, 5 instead of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

If your father is comfortable with his level of writing, and it is only you who wants to see him improve, you might need to help him just find alternative ways of communicating, instead of hand writing.

But if your father wants to do something to improve his writing, there are possible things he might benefit. It would be best to have his writing evaluated by an occupational therapist, who is more likely to be able to diagnose what his particular problem with writing is. It can be related to his hands and fingers, but it also could be something in the way his brain processes. It isn’t easy to tell just from looking at a sample of writing.

Reading & Writing – Understanding Dysgraphia? – Wrightslaw is a pretty good article about various causes, treatments, and compensations for dysgraphia.

An occupational therapist can give your father specific exercises based on his particular needs, to improve his writing. Once he knows them, he can work on them on his own.

Without a personal diagnosis and treatment plan, he could just try some things himself, but that could get quite frustrating if they are not exactly what he needs. There are many potential treatments, depending on the specific cause(s) of his dysgraphia.

What is most important to know, is that no one always writes illegibly on purpose. If he could write numbers more legibly he would. Getting grief about it from his family is likely to lead to him feeling bad, and not likely to lead to him improving.

But if you can offer him specific ways to get help, and let him know you understand he is no more doing this on purpose than if he has trouble tying shoes or a tie.

It is not his fault, but there could be ways he could improve—with a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Gabriele Kembuan

Gabriele Kembuan , Medical student, skincare junkie, professional amateur

My handwriting is quite terrible. The above is my mock medical record homework, and that is already a very hard attempt to write beautifully.

I am a fast writer though. I also noticed that some things that make my handwriting horrible are: 1. The small size, 2. I can’t adhere to straight lines, and 3. I’m too lazy to form complete letters especially my S and T. I also feel like my brain is always asynchronous with my hands, and I end up “stuttering” with my pencil just as I sometimes stutter when I talk, my brain and my mouth a little asynchronous. It’s pretty weird, and I have to stop and regain my pace for a little while first, arranging things in my head- but when writing the asynchronocity worse.

I used to envy my friends so much, girls (and sometimes boys) who had these beautiful, rounded, well-defined letters. They usually had tidy notes and even multi colored ones. I would sometimes feel very motivated (and embarassed) and try to write like them but I won’t last a paragraph. I can write decently in all caps and very slowly, but I’m too lazy for that.

How to cope? I find that trying to somewhat enlarge my letters and write sloooowly helps. This is a perk for being a medical student though since people get to read my handwriting more easily. I also find that writing in cursive actually makes my handwriting more legible, so I use that especially when I’m writing for myself eg for my journal.

Abdulla Muhammad

Abdulla Muhammad , I like to read.

I’ve had a horrible handwriting ever since I started writing, and it only got worse year by year.

I remember, at the end of every school year, I would collect my report card from the school and critique on my writing was guaranteed.

Long story short, I actually can’t cope with my horrible horrible handwriting.

First of all, I almost avoid writing and choose to type things up on my computer and/or my phone.

But what I certainly can not avoid are things such as bank forms, legal documents. I kid you not, if I have to fill out a form, I take 2–3 copies because my writing is so so bad that 9 out of 10 times I mess up a form and have to refill it.

Sometimes I ask someone else at my office to fill a form for me, other times, at home, I ask a family member.

The worst part you ask? If I open my notes from university or look at something I wrote a few years ago, even I fail to understand my handwriting.

The struggle is real.

This is my “normal” handwriting. Took these notes when I was taking an online philosophy course just FYI.

John Miele

John Miele , Sales at Cassis, France

When I was in school, I think 9th grade or 10th grade, in Houston, TX, my English teacher was handing back papers and, when she came to me, said, “Dammit, I will tell you this once…WRITE LIKE A WHITE BOY OR YOU WILL NOT GET ANY CREDIT!”

At the time, I was so shocked by what she said, and how she said it, I actually changed how I wrote. My handwriting, to this day, is a weird mix of script and printed letters, with some lack of capitalization rules. When this happened, I told my father, who was an architect, and I started copying the architectural block letters commonly used. Those are not easy to write quickly, so, hence, my weird handwriting.

That said, that teacher was a racist piece of crap (not all that uncommon in Houston back then. One of the football coaches used to tell racist jokes to the few black players on the team in order to get a rise out of them). One of the absolute worst teachers I ever had the misfortune of having. Ironically, the following year my English teacher was one of the best. I privately told her what had happened and she have me a pass on handwriting.

How do I deal with it today? Simple. I almost never handwrite anything that is intended for anyone’s eyes but my own. Everything is typed.

Kristina Kučanda

Kristina Kučanda , PhD student in (nano)chemistry; welcoming suggestions for a better name/surname

One strategy is basically having two handwritings – a fast one and a nice(r) one. They need to be distinct enough and practiced enough that the brain doesn’t get confused which one it’s currently using, and that the secondary one isn’t cripplingly slow (although it will always be noticeably slower).

I know a very literal example – someone who uses his left (dominant) hand for usually quite horrible scribbling for himself (though I mostly still can read it), but usually his right hand for neatly writing out short labels/messages which need to be readable to others (or/and which could be smeared by left hand). It’d be hard to guess that these two hands are connected to the same brain. His right-handwriting is closer to small (non-capitalized) print (letters mostly not connected), like of a child no older than 10, and obviously slower and requiring more effort than left-handwriting, but still fast and confident enough that, as that was the first one I saw, I was fooled that he is right-handed (although that seemed odd/surprising) until I saw him writing for himself. On the other hand 😀 , his left hand is also capable of very nice handwriting… in Hebrew. For now.

For myself and probably most of us more normal people, that probably wouldn’t be possible, but since I was about 11 (i.e. since I started developing bad handwriting for the sake of speed) I have been using such two handwritings both with my dominant (right) hand: fast, hard-to-read connected handwriting for myself, and slower non-connected non-capitalized print for things which are important to be easily legible to others. It looks very similar to typed letters – even the a’s (because its origin is how I had taught myself to write by copying from books before I learned handwriting in school). Many of people who had to grade my homeworks/exams have been grateful (and the people who don’t give enough time for exams were punished 😀 ).