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.
Sometimes people tell me, almost apologetically, that they were taught to write a letter a specific way but at some point they had deliberately changed it. Whatever reason they give, whatever reason they believe was behind the change, doesn’t really matter. What matters is they decided their writing didn’t “fit” them as it was, so they changed it.
Some changes happen naturally. Some are done deliberately.
But if you are an adult, the chances are – in fact I’ll go even stronger than that and say the certainty is – that your writing is not exactly the same as you were taught in grade school.
When you were in school copying what your teacher wrote on the board, or what was in the handwriting text book you were using, you were engaging in a form of calligraphy.
That is, you were creating, graphically, your best effort at an exact copy of script someone else had created. Now, of course, accomplished, professional calligraphers create their own text design, but that is a whole other story.
In school, you were trying to make an exact copy of the graphical representation – ie writing – designed by someone else.
So you were not truly writing, in the real sense of the word. But copying someone else’s idea of how letters should look helped you understand the elements and the shapes necessary for other people to understand what you wrote.
Once you had learnt that, and moved up through the school system to the point where no-one really cared how you wrote, so long as it was legible, your own style started to develop.
If you are a creative individual, interested in how things look visually, you may well have spent hours creating special letters, or a special signature. But whether you did that or just wrote on with no particular interest in how it looked, your personality was having an effect on the output.
You may continue for the rest of your life to write in the basic style you were originally taught – or you may not. But it does not matter.
Within whatever style you embrace, your personality, your body language / movement causes you to do some strokes differently. This is how your personality shows through in your writing and it is what graphologists look for.
An easy way to notice this for yourself is to write something – or better yet to find something you have previously written – when you were very happy and excited. Then find something you wrote when you were angry and frustrated about something.
Find something you wrote when you were working and concentrating hard on the topic of your writing. And find something you jotted down as you were doing something else.
Are all these exactly the same?
No, they are not.
These situations above are usually temporary. Your writing changes to show both temporary and permanent personality inclinations.
Your foundation personality shows in your writing.
Your moods and present situational changes show in your writing. Just as they do in all your other body language – your facial expression, your body movements, your posture, the speed and energy behind your movements.
All are driven by your personality.
- Who you are.
- How you feel.
- What you believe.
- Your strengths.
- Your weaknesses.
- Your challenges
- and your triumphs.
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.
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