Dictionary.com lists Extrovert as being and outgoing and gregarious person, a person concerned primarily with the physical and social environment, and an Introvert as a shy person, a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings.
Handwriting can tell which a writer is.
Myers Briggs, a widely used psychology based personality profile developed from the original work of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung focuses more on the source of energy.
In Myers Briggs an extrovert is someone who gains energy from outside sources, while an introvert become more energized spending quiet time alone.
Either way extrovert is turned outwards, introvert is turned inwards.
In general terms an extrovert will be more active socially, be more noticeable in a social setting, and generally enjoy interacting with other people.
Introverts prefer their friends one-on-one. Some Introverts can show extrovert behaviour when necessary, but are likely to find it very tiring, as opposed to the true extrovert who will find it energizing.
The converse is also true. Put an extrovert is a position where they have to spend long times alone and they will find it draining and exhausting, while the introvert will emerge from such time refreshed.
When you realize how very different these two extremes are, and how opposite their needs, you can see the benefit of understanding which you are, and also which the significant people in your life prefer for themselves.
It affects career choice, relationship choices and social choices.
Here are some ways to identify extroversion and introversion in handwriting.
1. Is the writing large or small?
Large writing is someone very aware of the world around them, and wanting to be noticed. That obviously belongs to the extrovert.
Small writing says “I am concentrating on something, don`t bother me” – obviously the introvert.
2. When the lines that go down to the base of the writing (the baseline) and then continue into more writing are curved and soft they are called Garlands. When they are sharp, pointed and angular they are not garlands.
Garlands show empathy for others, and to some extent, friendliness. Absence of garlands is the absence of these two traits.
So look for garlands in the extrovert, and few or no garlands in the introvert’s writing.
3. Any Showmanship in the writing is obviously extrovert. You can identify showmanship as well as any graphologist can. It is just overly attention grabbing strokes, often large, often ornate. You wouldn’t write that way if you didn’t want to be notices. Again, this belongs to the extrovert.
Much more subdued, “quieter” strokes will belong to the introvert.
The same goes, with bells and whistles on (i.e. even more so) for a signature written as mentioned above.
4. A huge showy signature is just screaming for attention. A small written name is not.
5. Not to mention the Personal Pronoun “I”. If it is extremely large this is ego, and ego craves attention, and attention belongs in the world of extroversion.
A neat personal pronoun “I” which is just about the right size for the rest of the script can belong to an introvert. It is not necessary to have a smaller than usual personal pronoun for this trait.
6. Add to that the Slant. The farther the slant is to the right, the more the writer engages
emotionally with others and their environment These are the extroverts
The Upright or back handed slant holds feelings inside and is more difficult to read or relate to – this is more likely to be an introvert.
However, I would mention that some introverts have learnt to extrovert very well, for a variety of reasons. We live in a predominantly extrovert world, and to succeed, many an introvert has had to learn to extrovert for at least part of their day. And some do it extremely well.
The instructor at that last course you were at who was lots of fun, and created rapport easily with the class, the speaker at the conference who had everyone rolling in the aisles with jokes and quick responses, the salesman who is genuinely friendly and outgoing…. all of these may be introverts operating successfully in a largely extrovert world.
The person you met at a singles group, who was happily circulating and chatting and meeting people easily. He may be an introvert doing what he knows needs to be done in these circumstances.
It is less frequent for an extrovert to moonlight as an introvert since we see each other and meet each other mostly in an extrovert world, and if the extrovert was playing the part of an introvert, it would probably be in an introvert environment where no-one would see him – so what would be the point!!
So if it would be important to you, whether you’re hiring and this person is being considered as a new staff member, because you are working together, or it’s a social or romantic relationship, check out more fully if this person is an introvert or an extrovert. It can cause no end of frustration later on to discover that you want to be more involved socially and the other person does not. Or to discover that when you like quite times, the other person still wants to be out there meeting people, socializing.
So in conclusion, for Introversion/ Extroversion, check out:
- The size of the writing
- Garlands or no garlands
- Showmanship or modest writing
- Size of the personal pronoun “I”
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