Monday, November 26, 2012

New Home for Signature Analysis

I have created a  new blog for Signature Analysis at

You can also visit, which is my general handwriting analysis blog, and which is my handwriting analysis website.

On you will find many practical how-to books on handwriting analysis, including the free Ebook "Your Handwriting Analysis Tonic: A Pick Me Up"

All the posts on this website can also be found at and all new posts will be posted there.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

I-dot in your signature

If you have an i dot in your signature, give some thought to what it will say about you. Remember that all the usual rules of handwriting analysis apply, but they are magnified and personalized by being in your signature. Of course, i-dots only appear in lower case i, so if you have a capital I in your name, the guidelines below do not apply to that.

- a drawn or "creative" i-dot suggests that you need to stand out as being different. This is a very common stroke to find the writing of teenage girls.

- a jabbed, short, straight line for an i dot is someone who is feeling rather restless or even irritated, or perhaps just in always in a hurry.

- no i-dot, where there is a lower case i is someone who does not pay due attention to detail.

- an i-dot which then continues as the lead in stroke for the next letter, shows intelligence and creativity.

- an i dot meticullously close to the top of the lower case i is a writer who takes meticulous care of the smaller details. Good for accountants, engineers etc, but can be a problem in more people centered work.

And lastly, a lower case i, with or without a dot, used in place of a capital I (at the beginning of a name, or as a middle initial) shows either genuine underestimation of self, or trying to project an image of extreme modesty. The rest of the writing will show which it is. It is most likely to be an image the writer is trying to give.

So although the i-dot is small and often unobtrusive, it carries true meaning as to the character of the writer. So if you have an i-dot in your signature, give some thought as to how you want to be seen.

Read a free article on the i-dots in handwriting...

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sign your name with confidence

Just as people can tell if you are confident by meeting you, they can also tell if you are confident from looking at your signature. Often without any handwriting analysis training, too!

But the nice thing about confidence is that it is one of the "fake it till you make it" traits. You can make yourself feel and look, and write, with confidence at least over the short span, even if you don't feel very confident most of the time.

Let's say you are going to put your signature to an important document and you want to show confidence. It could be the cover letter as you apply for that all important job.

Get the letter all typed, printed out and ready for your signature.

Now sit back, relax, close you eyes, and think confidence. Tell yourself how confident you are. Visual the results of you being confident, of your confidence being rewarded (in this scenario it would be getting the job). Keep visualizing and thinking confidence, and when you feel you have achieved it, open your eyes and write your name, without taking time to allow your doubts to return. Write your name thinking how proud you are to be you, to be the possessor of all the great traits and abilities that you have.

This should make your signature more confident in general.

One of the ways confidence shows in a signature is when it is slightly larger than the rest of the writing - but not too big, that would indicate arrogance.

So sign with confidence. And then having seen what difference there is in your confident signature over previous versions, keep doing the confident one from now on. Soon it will be part of you.

More on signature analysis...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Signature Analysis: writing high flying, long tails on your name

What does it mean when the tail on your first name goes way high above the rest of the lower case letter? If this only occurs in that name alone it means it’s very personal. If it occurs elsewhere too, it means it’s a more general trait evident most of the time.

That high flying end stroke is a cry for attention. It’s like waving your arm in the air saying “notice me, notice me.” Put more diplomatically is shows that you like recognition when you believe you deserve it.

Either way, you want to be noticed.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Signature Analysis: It only happens in my signature!

Any stroke that only happens in your signature has special significance.

Your signature is very personal, so a stroke that happens only there applies to you on a very personal level.

If it is in your first name, it's you, the individual.

If it is in your last name, it applies to your family (whether biological family or created family)

So take a good look at your signature compared to the rest of your writing to notice any unique strokes in the signature, then read up on your handwriting analysis to work out what these strokes mean.

Friday, April 24, 2009

What happens when I change my name?

Whether you change your name because you are getting married and have decided to take your husband's name, or changing it for some other reason, provided you are happy with the new name, it will show the same qualities as your previous name.

Obviously some letters show specific things, and if you had a great many lower case "t"s in your previous name and none in your new name, then the qualities shown only in the lower case "t" would not be evident in your new name. This doesn't mean you don't have them any more, it just means the appropriate letter is not there, so those qualities cannot be evaluated from your new signature.

If you are unhappy with your new name, or if you were unhappy with your old name (say it was your spouse's surname and you are very happy to no longer be married) then you can expect to see that change. Happy in upslanting writing, unhappy in downslanting writing. Occasionally a score through the name you didn't like, in the form of a flourish or extended t-bar.

But even so, the basic personality will still be the same.

For more on signatures and what they tell you.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Small capitals in signature

What does it mean when someone's signature has noticeably small capitals?

It is an indication of modesty. This writer does not seek the limelight. S/he may like to be in the center of things, knowing what is going on (this will show if their signature is in the middle of the page) but they don't want to be noticed and attract attention.

Of course, there is what is called "false modesty" - someone who really longs for attention but pretends they don't.

The real person shows in the body of the writing, the signature just shows how the person wants to be seen. So if the body of the writing is more flamboyant, attention seeking, with a modest signature, you will know that the modesty is not real and that this writer has, for some reason, decided to look as though they want to be low key, when in reality they seek recognition and attention.

More on Signatures.

Monday, March 23, 2009

I write this way because....

How often have I heard this "reason" for something that is in someone's writing or signature!

"I write this way because it's the way I was taught at school" is the commonest.

OK, so when were you at school?

If your teacher stopped smacking your knuckles with a ruler when you put the wrong size of loop on your "j" or made your capitals too large, last week, then I agree: you are doing it because your teacher said so.

But if it is several, or even many years since you stopped being under the influence of Miss StrictTeacher, then it's also time to stop blaming her for how you write!!

Do you write every single stroke exactly the way your teacher showed you?

Of course you don't. You've chosen some to leave as is, and some to change.

If you have indeed retained any of the strokes exactly as she showed you, it's because these strokes are a fit for your personality. Otherwise you would have changed them.

So don't blame your teacher.

Instead, take the time to find out what your signature says about you, and then change anything you don't like into something that says what you want it to say about you.

Handwriting is body language. Change your body language over a period of time and you will change the personality trait associated with it.

You can find out more about Success Traits here...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Should you develop a Power Signature?

I am sometimes asked how to develop a "Power Signature", one that contains all the "good" traits you want to have, and will, subconsiously or consciously, impress all who see it.

It is important to remember that you signature only shows the person you want others to see you as.

So if you are content with a power signature only, it means you are content to put on a show to impress others, but are not really concerned with who you really are!

Much better to start developing the traits you want in ALL of your writing, including your signature.

When both are the same, it's a "what you see is what you get" scenario. Much better than "this is what I want you to see, but I'm really much different" that comes with a signature made to look good, while the real person remains with it's flaws.

That is not to say I think everyone needs to change their writing. I don't.

But if you are unhappy with who you are, or who you appear to others to be (which unless you are putting on a show, is the same thing), it's time to take action on the whole person, not just the shop-front!

Grapho-therapy, or Grapho-coaching takes you through this process of changing your writing slowly and effectively. It takes 21 days to break a habit, and even longer to put one of your own choosing in it's place.

Change doesn't happen overnight, so whether you use your handwriting to affect change, or some other method, you have to be patient.

So if you are unhappy with who you are in any area of your life, you can take the steps to change it.

But please, take the time to work on the real you - don't waste time putting up a false front, which is what a "power signature" on otherwise "unpowerful" writing would be.

For more on how to change your writing to change your life...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Understand others better by seeing their signature

It's amazing how quickly you can get to know about another person just by looking at their signature. It can be extrememly helpful. It can be very enlightening. And it can be fun!

For that reason I've just published my "Signature Analysis Workbook" in soft cover. Up until now it has only been available in E-book form, but I've given in to requests of potential readers, and have just released the soft cover edition.

It covers everything you can think of that can be found in a signature.

It can be found at www.potentiality.bizSignatureAnalysisWorkbook.htm

Monday, February 16, 2009

Signature Analysis: Gaps between Names

Most people sign more than one name. It may be as simple as one initial and name, or it may be 3 or 4 names written out in full.

Look carefully at the spacing between the names. If there is just one name and an initial, or two names, then you only have that one space to go with, and the comparison can only be made between the spacing in the signature and the spacing in the rest of the writing. However, that is better than nothing.

Better though, is when there are more than 2 names. 2 initials and a last name, 2 names and an initial, 3 names, or more. All of these give more than one space between name or intial.

Is the spacing consistent between all? Or is there a larger gap between one than others?

A larger space means distancing oneself. So if, let's say someone writes their first name, their middle initial, and then their last name with a larger space between the middli initial and the last name than there is between the first name and the initial. What does this tell us?

The first name, and the middle initial is the individual person. The exception here is if the middle name is that of a close relative after whom the person has been named. In that case, the middle name may be taken as representing that relative..
The last name is always the family name and as such represents family in general.

So if the last name is isolated by a wider than usual space from the rest of the name, the writer is distancing themself from family. If the larger gap is between the first name and the middle name or initial (especially if this is named after a close family member) then the first name (ie the writer themself) is distancing themself from the family in general and also specifically from the person who's middle name they were given.

It can be a sign of trouble in a marriage when a larger than previous gap starts to appear regularly before the last name, whether in a man or woman's signature.

Spacing is something that's easy to overlook, but can give very important information.

Find out more about analyzing signatures.

Or try the Signature Party Game... fun, easy, unique ... light hearted fun with signatures for groups of any size.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Writing your Signature in another language

I recently received a question from a reader asking if it was legal to sign one's name in another language.

My answer to that is that I have no idea, and I suppose it would depend on what you were signing and in what country you were at that time.

However, it did give thought to the idea of a signature in another language and how that works for handwriting analysis.

Since the purpose of the signature is to tell the reader who is writing, a signature that is legible to the reader is the best idea. But what if you come from, say, China and you would very much like to continue using your Chinese script signature.

That is fine. But if it's a document for English speaking readers, I would suggest you sign your signature in your native language first, then immediately below sign the English version of your signature.

If you have 2 names - one in your native language and have adopted another in English, then sign the name appropriate to each language (ie your Chinese name in Chinese, your English name in English)

How does this connect with handwriting analysis?
Your English signature will still analyze just like anyone else's signature, provided you are fluid enough in English script that your writing doesn't look awkward and as if it's an effort to remember each stroke.

And once you become familiar with graphology, your knowledge of another script will allow you to also analyze that script in the same way.

But in the meantime, as you "create" your English language signature, take some time to ensure it includes as many positive traits as possible ... because one it becomes second nature to you to write this name this way, these traits are the ones that you will be showing the world.

Need more help in finding what traits mean what in a signature? Find it here.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Signing other than your name

When you sign something other than your name, say "Mum" or "Dad", the word takes on the same importance as the signature. However, the image is narrower in it's focus.

Whereas your entire signature is how you see yourself before the world, your signature of "Mum" shows only how you see yourself to your children.

The same, of course, goes for any other title, say "Grandpa" or "Grandma".

So if you have occasion to write either of these, look carefully at how you sign those titles in comparison to how you sign your actual name in general, and find out how differently you see yourself before these members of your family.

Of course, there is always the "what you see is what you get" signature, where it is just the real you, no image, that shows. In this case, one would expect to particular difference in the "Mom" etc title either.

However if there is a problem between you and the family member to whom you are writing this title, it will show in how you write it.

Naturally, all this applies to letters you receive from "titled" people as well as those you write.

More on signatures.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama's signature

This month's People Potentiality Newsletter, coming out on February 1st. 2009, gives an analysis of President Barack Obama's signature.

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If you read this after February 1st., contact me and I will give you a link to the article.

For more on analyzing signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Elaborate signature

When you find an extremely elaborate signature, where the body of the writing is not so overdone, you have found a writer who desperately wants attention.

If the individual is in show business, it may be that they need this to further their career, or it may be that they got into show business in the first place because of the need for recognition and attention.

But no matter who the person, or what the cause, a signature that seems designed just for display is someone who is saying "notice me."

If the writing, either in the signature or not, also has long tails on the ends of words, that swing upwards, ending above the height of the lower case letters, this is even more of a cry for attention.

Many people have these long, upward swinging final strokes and they enjoy recognition when they feel they have earned it. However when you couple it with a deliberately attention grabbing signature, you have someone who is demanding that you pay undue attention to them whether or not they have done something warranting approval.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Signatures: what questions do you have?

Do you have any questions about what something in a signature means?

Send it with either a scan of the signature, or a detailed description and I will answer it in the blog. If you have signed up for the RSS feed you will be notified automatically when I post an answer.

Send your signature questions to


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Changing your signature

If you feel like changing your signature and carefully creating a new one for yourself, do so.

How will that affect who you come across as in signature analysis?

Well, obviously that depends on what changes you make, but for you to be comfortable with your new signature, it will have to be compatible with who you are.

So it may look different to you, but analyze out the same. This is perfectly possible, and not at all uncommon.

Or you may have outgrown your previous signature. We all change as we go through life, and if you have changed in some way and your previous signature just doesn't feel right any more, then by all means create something that feels good.

If it comes easily to you after a bit of practice (to undo the habit of your old signature) and feels good, it means it reflects who you are now, so go for it.

Of course, if you change your signature noticeably, it is best to notify your bank and anywhere else where they compare signatures, but from the graphology perspective, it's OK to do anytime it feels right.

Friday, January 16, 2009

But I was taught to write this way...

We were all taught to write at one time. We were taught a particular style, depending on where we were living. We copied from books and from the teacher's writing, trying our best to make our writing look the same.

Fine. But what age were you then?

Do you still do everything else as you had to do it then?

No, of course you don't.

You have taken over your own life, kept what fitted, and discarded or changed the rest.

And so it is with your writing.

If you still have strokes in your writing the same as you were taught as a child, you have them because they fit who you are as a a person. The ones that didn't fit, you have changed.

Remember, you are not looking at the style of writing, but at the specific strokes within the writing.

I have often been told by people that they still write this way because they were taught to do it this way. And yet, upon looking at their writing, I have yet to find an adult who writes exactly in any way taught in schools.

So don't just think "I was taught" and instead look deeper. Look at each individual stroke, and find out what really ticks inside you. The only person who genuinely writes exactly like your teacher is your teacher.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Sign on the dotted line - Signatures

Sometimes you will find, at the end of an official form, a line on which you are requested to sign your name.

How do you use that line?

Do you carefully sign on the line, making sure you start at the beginning and cram it in if necessary to finish by the end of the line?

If so, you are showing respect for authority and conventionality.

Do you sign somewhere around the line, but pay little attention to following it or where you finish, and perhaps even run your writing over some of the printed text nearby?

You are showing independence and something of an "I'll do it my way" mind set.

Want to read more on signatures?


Friday, January 9, 2009

My signature changes

But my signature changes, you say.

Well, yes, we are not machines, and just as your behavior will change somewhat depending on your mood and situation, so will your writing.

Just as if I took a photo of you today and another of you tomorrow - they wouldn't be identical, but they would both still be recognizable as you.

So it is with your signature. Core personality traits will always remain the same, but your mood, your level of expression, the time and care given to the writing will all change how your signature looks.

But remember, when you are analyzing writing, you are not looking at the writing style, you are looking at strokes within the writing, and these will more or less stay the same.

If for example, your signature slants more to the right one day and more upright another, it just means that on the day you right slanted it you were feeling more outgoing, more emotionally responsive than on the day you wrote it upright.

It doesn't mean you weren't you on either of these days, it was just a different situation.

So don't worry if your signature, or any of your writing, is not the same all the time. This is known as being human!

For more on signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Be optimistic!

As we start the new year off, it's hard to be optimistic with all the doom and gloom coming over the airwaves. However things will be no better just because you are feeling down, so why not try to look ahead with hope.

No matter how black things are, there is always hope and by seeking it out, you will feel better and go farther.

Optmism can become an intergral part of your signature very easily.

Any writing that goes "uphill" from left to right, or a t-bar that does the same, shows optimism.

It's a pretty easy thing to incorporate into your signature, or into all of your writing for that matter.

And it has the power to help you feel more optimistic for two reasons.

One is that handwriting is body language, and just like if you go around all day every day with a big smile on your face, laughing and being upbeat, you will start to feel that way genuinely, in that same way, writing with optimism in your signature will give you the same type of a lift. You will begin to feel the uplift of your upslanting signature.

And the other reason is for you doubters, who really can't believe that the previous paragraph is true.

You now know that upslanting writing is optimism, so any time you write that way you are going to register in your mind that you learnt that this is so. So it becomes similar to an affirmation in that every time you write with an upslanting signature, you think to yourself "optimism".

So it works because handwriting can change your attitude and your trait preferences, and it works because it becomes an affirmation every time you write that way.

So as of today, start writing your signature "uphill" and if you have any lower case "t"s in your name, give them an upslanting t-bar.

You have nothing to lose by doing so, and a great deal to gain.

Here's more help on creating success for yourself in the coming year.

So here's to an optimistic 2009.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Diplomacy: does it show in your signature?

Diplomacy - or lack of it - shows in writing in general, and will be just as obvious in a signature.

Natural diplomacy shows when the writing become increasingly smaller as the word, or line of writing goes on. But only if the writing also continues to be as legible at the end as it is at the start.

Signatures that start with a couple of letters you can read then disintegrate into a mess of squiggles, or just a long line, do not show diplomacy.

Another indication of diplomacy is the upper case M or N which gets smaller as it goes towards the right.

The absense of one trait does not mean the presence of it's opposite. So the absense of diplomacy does not mean tactless. There is a separate stroke that shows a lack of tact.

A lack of diplomacy, or bluntness, shows where there are no "lead in" strokes, where, when the pen is first put on the page, the writer gets right into the main part of the letter s/he is writing, without a curvy or straight line leading into it.

This is the person who is likely to put their foot in their mouth rather often.

So if the writer of the signature you are examining goes right into their name with no messing about, expect them to do the same with any topic they choose to discuss!

Good communication skills can help you in any area of life.


Saturday, December 27, 2008

Honesty: in a signature or anywhere

Honesty is easy to spot in writing - so is dishonesty.

Of course, in handwriting analysis all things work together to make the whole personality just as it does in life, but there is one specific stroke that shows when you perhaps have to be more careful as to how much trust you put in what you are being told.

I have posted a Mini-Quiz on honesty, and although the example is not in a signature, it will show exactly the same in signatures.

Go to the mini-quiz and just scroll down the home page a very short way to find it.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Free Signature Analysis Quiz

I have written a free Signature Analysis Quiz for you.

Just sign up for free, and access the quiz to find out more about what your signature reveals.

(Great for analyzing the signatures on all your incoming Christmas, birthday or Valentine cards)


Is this writer Open or Secretive?

Here is how to tell if the signature writer will be open or secretive.

As you read this remember that the signature shows the "on show" person, and if different from the rest of the writing, it does not necessarily reflect the real, deep down individual.

A loop on the right side of any circle letter shows secretiveness.

Circle letters are lower case "a", "o", the circle part of "d" and "g."

Where there is a loop on the right side of any of these letters, secretiveness exists.

Lack of loops = lack of secretiveness.

Openness is present when the circle letters are "clean", meaning they have no loops or hooks at all.

If secretiveness appears in, say, the first name and not in the last name, this would indicate that this person may be secretive on a very personal level, but more open about family.

It goes without saying, that if there are no circle letters in a name, then secretiveness or openness can not be identified.

Find out all about Signatures.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sensitivity to Criticism

Sensitivity to Criticism - how does it show in a signature?

The lower case "t" and "d" show sensitivity to criticism, and that goes for all writing, not just the signature.

Although the body of the writing is the "real" person and the signature the "on show" person, if sensitivity shows in the general writing, it will probably show in the signature as well.

If someone is genuinely sensitive to criticism, it is unlikely they will be able to dispel it in their public personna.

Of course, being sensitive to criticism and showing it are two different things. Here we are dealing only with feeling it.

Remembering that the first name is personal, the last name is family, it is interesting to see which shows more sensitivity, assuming both names have a "t" or a "d" in them.

The larger the loop the more the sensitivity to criticism.

Look for it. You'll be surprised what you find.

Find out all about signatures.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Legible vs illegible signature

What does a legible signature tell you (apart from the name of the writer) as opposed to an illegible signature?

Legible means the writer is interested in communicating, illegible means they are not.

If the body is legible, and the signature is not, then the writer considers it important the message be understood, but not anything about the writer.

If the whole things is illegible then no real communication has happened at all.

It is very unusual to find illegible script, followed by a legible signature but if it did occur, it would mean that the message the writer was sending was not important or for some reason they did not really want to send it or have it understood, but the identify of the writer was important.

Obviously, writing is a form of communication, and in communication being understood is of paramount importance. So in general, a legible script followed by a legible signature is the best communicaiton.

Find out all about signatures.


Friday, December 12, 2008

Obama's signature

Have you seen Obama's signature?

In the word "Obama" he writes the "b" to the long downstroke is encased in the capital "O".

This has a very significant meaning.

The last name is family (the first name is the individual).

Any covering or encasing in a form of protection.

So by writing the "b" partly encased in the "O", Obama is showing his strong protectionism for his family.

Find out all about signatures.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Large flourishing capitals on a signature

What does it mean when there are large flourishing capitals on a signature?

Large capitals are a sign of good self esteem ... until they become overly large. Then they become egotism.

So if the capitals are large, but within a reasonable proportion to the rest of the writing, good self esteem is shown.

If they are gigantic, and way out of proportion to the rest of the signature, then this is someone who is puffing themselves up unrealistically.

Find out more about signatures.

Friday, December 5, 2008

What to put in your signature

What to put in your signature! Is it best to write your full name? First and last names, plus middle initial? First initial and last name? Does which you do mean anything?

The less you write the less you are giving away in the way of information. When you write your first initial and last name only, you are giving away the bare minimum of information you can give in your signature, and for that reason it usually denotes a more formal approach.

Of course, if you write you signature 100 times a day, you probably want it to be as short as possible, so here we are considering what you would write if you only write your signature a few times a day, or less.

The first name written out in full followed by the last name shows someone who is more friendly and open. First name, middle initial and last name can be an indication of a bit more "show". It creates some importance the more names and initials you can put down.

However if you're name is John Smith, you might want to include your middle initial for purely practical reasons of identification, since there are probably few more John Smiths out there.

Women who use their maiden surname plus their husbands are showing independence in that they didn't give up their own name. Women who retain their maiden name alone are showing even more independence.

So, yes, what you put in your signature is significant. Consider how you want to come across as you sign your name next time.

Find out more about signatures.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Distance between the signature and the body of the writing

The distance between the signature and the body of the writing shows how connected the writer is, or is not, with the content of the rest of the writing.

A signature close to the end, say, of a letter indicates the writer really believes and is connected to what he or she has just written.

The signature well distanced from the body of the writing, mean the writer is trying to distance himself/ herself from what they have just written.

It doesn't mean it was necessarily a lie (although it could be) but it means they are uncomfortable in some way with what is in the letter.

A "normal" signature should be the same distance below the last line of writing and each line in the body is below the one above.

Check out the distance. It can give great insights.

Play the Signature Analysis Game with your friends.


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Signatures: Size does matter.

Is your signature smaller than your writing? The same size? Or larger?

A signature smaller than the rest of the writing is someone who is hiding away, who doesn't want to be noticed. Why appear "smaller" or less noticeable than you really are? False modesty could be one reason, or someone who has some reason to want to brush by without attracting attention.

Signature larger than the writing is the opposite. This person wants to be noticed. They are presenting themselves as larger than life. They want attention and recognition. It may be part of the job - a salesman, a politician etc. Or it may just be a cry for attention.

The signature of the most genuine person is the one who's signature and writing look the same. Here I am, they say, like me or not, this is who I am, like me or not.

If you write your signature differently from your writing, take time to consider why you do this. There may be a good reason, or you may discover something about yourself you hadn't previously thought of.

Play the Signature Party Game with your friends.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Readers' Question: What does a circle for an i-dot mean?

We've all seen it, I'm sure: the i-dot that's drawn as a circle, or some other shape.

It is commonest amongst teenage girls, but can be found in the writing of either sex of any age.

A circle is the commonest, but other shapes also appear.

For example, actress, the late Jayne Mansfield (mother of "Law and Order" star Mariska Hargitay) used to put a heart shape for her i-dot.

So what does it mean?

Well, any drawn shape for an i-dot is a demand for attention. It says "notice me, I'm unique."

Some people may draw their i-dots in all their writing, some may only do it in the signature.

When it only appears in the signature, it indicates that this need for attention is part of their public image, and not necessarily part of their private personality.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Do you put your signature left, right or center?

Current business writing style has you putting your signature at the left margin of the page. But when you write a personal note, this is not a requirement. Left to your own choice, where do you place your signature?

If you stick to putting it on the left, it means you are sticking to the past, to tradition and feel safe just staying within the "norm."

Is your signature in the centre of the page? This means you like to know what is going on around you. Whether or not you like to be the center of attention will show in other ways. The centered signature just means you like to be very aware of what's what.

A signature over to the right is written by someone who is eager to get into the future. They have left the past behind and are zooming off to see what the world has to offer now and in the days, months, years to come.

For more on Signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook, and for great party fun, check out the Signature Party Game.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Why did her last name droop downwards?

When giving some "instant readings" at the end of a presentation, I came across the signature of a woman who's first name was on an even keel - it was written on an even horizontal. But her last name was distinctly downhill in direction.

I told her she seemed to be doing not too badly on a personal level, but on the family level something appeared to be making her unhappy or even depressed.

Her answer was that her husband of 26 years had died a year ago.

She was now herself back and doing not too badly, but the remaining sadness about her husband was represented in the downhill, or depressed direction of her married name.

Downhill writing always means discouragement through to depression. Look carefully where it appears because that can be telling as to what is causing the problem.

For more on Signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook, and for great party fun, check out the Signature Party Game.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The all important space

Nothing-ness is important. A space is nothing. It is where you write nothing. And it is very important.

I just noticed the signature of a friend of mine who is going through a divorce. She signs her first name, her maiden name followed by her husband's name. She uses this name for business.

Previously all three names were evenly spaced out. Now her first name and her maiden name are close together, and her last name (her married name) has a larger gap between them.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist (or a graphologist) to work out that this means she is distancing herself from her husband.

If there are only 2 names, first and last, the spacing can be checked against the rest of the writing.

If the individual uses their own name, is not married etc, then the second, family name represents their family in general. Times of stress within families can show in an increase of this space.

For more on Signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook, and for great party fun, check out the Signature Party Game.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A very important line - the Underscore

I am often asked why some people underline their signatures and others don't, and what is the significance of an underscore.

Done "right", the underscore is a great trait to have. However, not all underscores are great!

A single line under the name, going from left to right is great. It is the trait of self reliance. This writer will not lean on any one else, and is less likely therefore to blame others for any misfortunes that may befall him.

A good, firm, long underscore is best.

Any ornate, squiggly or fancy underline loses it's power, and may mean any of several things, depending upon it's shape and style: none of them as good as the single underscore.

An underline that is high enough to score out part of the name, is also not positive.

So, yes, do underline your signature. But also make sure it's just that single, direct line that says "I'm going places."

For more on Signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook, and for great party fun, check out the Signature Party Game.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Readers Questions: What does a period at the end of a signature mean?

Angie from Florida wrote asking me what it means when someone puts a period at the end of their signature.

It means "I have spoken, that is it, end of story."

Now you know. I have spoken, that is it, end of story. Fiona.

For more on Signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook, and for great party fun, check out the Signature Party Game.

What's new? Use your signature to play!

You've used your signature in many ways.

To sign letters. To sign credit cards. To sign official documents and contracts. To sign checks.

But have you ever used it to play a game?

Now you can!

The new "Signature Party Game" has everyone at the party signing their name, and then playing a game that involves discovering what personality traits are shown in it .... and in the signatures of everyone else at the party!

It's all light hearted and fun. If one of your guests is an axe murderer, you'll have to find out the hard way - the game focuses on positive and fun traits, getting everyone involved and getting to know each other better.

Great fun for a crowd who already know each other well.

A super ice breaker game for those who are new or newish to each other.

Just sign your names, follow the game step by step instructions, have an entertaining and enlightening event!

If you'd like to see a few of the things you can tell from a signature, take the free signature analysis quiz.

Forgery - is my signature an easy target?

The number of times I have heard people comment that they have an indecipherable mess for a signature "so that it's harder to forge."

And it's quite wrong! The more illegible your signature, the easier it is for a forger to get away with it.

Who checks whether a signature is real or fake? Often bank tellers, or store clerks.

Are they experts in handwriting? No.

What are they looking for? Similarities of differences.

Which is easier to check out: recognizable letters that you can follow each one and check if they are made exactly the same way, or whirls and lines intersecting each other all over the place in a jumbled confusion?

Recognizable letters are easier to follow. Anyone can check out if the A is made the same as another A, or the tail on a g is done the same in both signatures.

An incoherent mixture of lines is much more difficult, it at all similar, to identify exactly.

Don't believe me? Try is and see.

Get a friend to write their signature, and also to make an illegible set of squiggles instead of a signature. You try to copy each one as best you can. Then ask another friend to tell you which is the forgery - the legible signature you copied or the set of squiggles you copied.

Both ofcourse are forgeries, but it will be much easier for the 3rd person to identify the legible imposter - provided you seriously made a good attempt to copy both versions exactly.

So make your signature legible. It's safer.

For more on Signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook, and for great party fun, check out the Signature Party Game.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Signatures, signatures, signatures - what's special about how you write your name

How you write your name is very significant. It is, if anything, more significant than how you write the rest of your writing. It gives different information about you than your other writing does.

So what's does it matter whether the writing is in the signature or elsewhere? What difference does it make?

The body of your writing - in other words, all your writing that is not part of the signature - tells about the person are at heart. This is the real you.

Your signature is your "on show" personality. It is the face you show the world.

If the two are the same, then you are a "what you see is what you get" type of person. If they are different, then the difference has to be analyzed to see in what way your public personality is different from your private one.

Some people have an understandable reason to put on a show. They are in a "show business" such as actors and musicians, also politicians at all levels and anyone who's work or life has them constantly in the public eye.

This can also apply to people who's work requires them to be very outgoing and make many personal connections, when in reality they are quiet and retiring.

These people often develop a signature that fits who they want the world to see them as.

For the rest of us, it's generally better to just be ourselves. To let others see who we are and take us or leave us, based on that.

So the first thing to look at in a signatures is whether it is the same or different than your other writing.

For more on signatures, visit where you will find a free "Analyze Your Signature Quiz" and where the "Signature Analysis Workbook" is also available.