Senryu : Handwriting


reading handwriting
slant left or right? dot your i’s?
reveals who you are

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

The way you write reveals who you are. Graphologists analyize handwriting and it has become enough of a science that handwriting analysis has been used as an employment test and in profiling criminals.

Handwriting professionals do warn that it takes a look at the overall handwriting and not picking out little bits here and there to create a professional profile.  Only looking at the writing slant, for example, is like looking at a leaf — you need to see the whole tree to know how mature the tree is, how tall and how strong although the leaf gives you an idea of what kind of tree.

size matters always
and spaces inbetween words
Spring flows amid words

Here are a few handwriting bits that reveal tendencies.


Slanted to the right = like to meet and work with new people, open to experiences

Slanted to the left = like your alone time, reserved, introspective, prefer to work behind the scenes

Size matters

Large letters = extravert, outgoing, like to be the center of attention

Small letters = introvert, shy, focused, find it easy to concentrate

Average letters = strong ability to focus and concentrate, well-adjusted, adaptable

Space the final frontier

Large spaces between words = enjoys freedom and independence

Small spaces between words = enjoys being with people

Cramming words together = dude, back off.  you crowd people, and are intrusive

Under pressure

Soft pressure = empathetic, sensitive

Moderately Heavy Pressure = committed

Very Heavy Pressure =  tense & angry

Don’t forget to dot your i’s

high dots = active imagination

close dots = organized, detail-oriented

dot to the left = procrastinator, difficult to make a decision, prudent, shy, pessimistic

dot way to the left = attached to the past, insecure, vacillates, introverted

dot centered over the i = precise, punctual, detail -oriented, objective

dot on the right = curious, intiative, ambitious towards goals, mentally quick, kind, affectionate

dots way to the right = impatient, jumps ahead without thinking

dot with a circle = childlike, playful

no dot = negligent, lack of attention

And cross your t’s

long cross = determined, enthusiastic, stubborn

short cross = lazy

cross lower case t high = many goals, aim high

cross lower case t low = aim low

loopedy loop (lower case l)

wide loop = relaxed, spontaneous, feel it’s easy to express yourself

narrow or retraced loop = restricting yourself

y loops

broad loop = large circle of friends

narrow loop = few friends

short hook = homebody

long hook = like to roam


easy to read signature = c;onfident, comfortable with yourself

illegible signature = private, hard-to-read

Pointed or rounded letters

pointed = intelligent, may be holding back aggression

rounded = creative, artistic ability

speed of writing

write quickly = impatient, dislike wasting time

write slowly = self-reliant, methodical


pronoun I larger than other capital letters = arrogant


connected letters = logical, decisions based on facts and experience

disconnected letters =  imaginative, impulsive, decisions based on intuition

open or closed O

open o = social, extroverted

closed o = keep to yourself, introverted


narrow e = skeptical, uninfluenced by emotion

large e =  open-minded, willing to try new things


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31 thoughts on “Senryu : Handwriting”

  1. Very interesting! I find my handwriting changes based on my mood. Does yours? Sometimes it’s small and close together and some days my loops are large and playful 😊


    1. I think writing can change with my mood as well. I’ve noticed the direction of my writing changes. Also maybe it changes with age. My a’s and o’s are more consistently closed these days and when I was younger about half of them would be open.


    1. thank you, angie. Glad you enjoyed the info. I appreciate your popping by.
      I see by your blog link that you just started a blog. Let me know when you do your first post so I can drop by. (No pressure though — just whenever.)


          1. I’d check for you but it’s rolled off my Handwriting likes (only the past 10 likes shows on the list. I think you did fix it though because on my comment list here, you are showing posthumousness under your name instead of angieinspired. You should see an increase in your likes now that you’ve fixed it. It made a huge difference for me when I switched after I moved from my old blog.

            Just in case tho since you said “hopefully” and that sounds like you’re worried a little. If you want to check, go to — your reader. click on your icon in the upper right hand corner. That should bring you up and you’ll see a list of all your blogs. On the menu on the left, click on “account settings”. You’ll see “primary site”. It’s a drop down menu so you can choose whichever of your blogs you want. In web address, you’ll have to paste in or type the url of the blog you want to show. I tend to toggle back and forth between this blog and my photo blog when I occasionally post there.


  2. Between neuropathy, RA, and a handful of physical injuries, I’m almost certain graphologists might conclude my handwriting is slightly mad and flighty. Or, it could always be me. *giggles*

    I really like this one.


    1. Probably a combo. The experts do say certain illness show in writing. My finger bones are beginning to ache. I’ve noticed I don’t press as hard as I used to. Maybe it’s related. On the other hand, being mad and flighty is definitely a plus–gives wings to your poetry. I’m happy you liked it.


  3. A fascinating read! Other dVerse poets have commented on writing analysis, but this is amazing. Thank you for all the information on handwriting. I like the way you explained it: ‘Only looking at the writing slant, for example, is like looking at a leaf — you need to see the whole tree to know how mature the tree is, how tall and how strong although the leaf gives you an idea of what kind of tree’. I love the haiku!


    1. thank you, Kim, for the wonderful comment. So happy you liked the info — bit of a risk as I had to slide it under the haibun (which is only 2, maybe 3 paragraphs) but I couldn’t resist. I also found the info fascinating.


    1. I find it interesting. It can seem a bit broad but I expect if you study it, that’s how you can pinpoint things more. But I also feel people can have different characteristics at different times and sometimes within seconds of each other.. I can be very generous sometimes but other times I’m supercheap — I do love a good bargain at a thrift store for vintage teacups. And my writing is like that — sometimes wide and sometimes narrow. Some people are more consistent but I think most of us aren’t. shutterdiary said her writing changes with her moods. So I do think writing can shift a lot. Also I think as writers, we have to be able to put our heads into the mind of other people as we write different characters. I’d be real curious to see a study of writing of writers before, during and after a writing session. Does handwriting change as writers become that character/mood of that page they are writing? It would be a cool study.


  4. my handwriting changes with the pen I use and often people don’t recognise my writing. Looking back its the same over the years, not changing with time but with the medium I use. lovely information about deciphering handwriting, i never knew it was so intrinsic.


    1. that sounds cool that your handwriting changes with your instrument. Glad you liked the info and thank you for the kind comment. Thanks for popping by.


  5. Thoughtful line:
    you need to see the whole tree to know how mature the tree is, how tall and how strong although the leaf gives you an idea of what kind of tree.

    Loved your addition to the post. Many years ago (in the 80’s) this was such a fad. But I’d forgotten much of it.


    1. Thank you, victoria. Yeah, I think it was back in the late 1970s that I read a bit on it. My dad had a book with a chapter on it that fascinated me. However our high school library didn’t have a book on it so that’s as far as I got back then. Haibun Monday’s reminded me of it. Didn’t even know it was handwriting day until the Tuesday Platform. I wish we had the internet back when I was in high school — i would have read more about it. However, probably better not. As it was, I was too much of a bookworm and needed to get out more.


  6. I remember when handwriting analysis was used as a part of the interview process in hiring! I enjoyed reading your copy of analysis. Thank you for the info.


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