Signatures and the Personal Pronoun “I”

Personal pronoun “I” is very personal, just as a signature is very personal.

So what do these two tell us that is different from each other?

The signature is the person the writer wants the world to see and think s/he is.

It is her/his conscious projection of who the writer wants to show they are.  It is a projection of who they want to be seen as.

But is it the real person?


For that you look to the rest of the writing, and specifically the personal pronoun “I”.

The personal pronoun “I” (PPI) is the writer’s illustration of how s/he feels about her/himself.

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It shows self confidence or the lack thereof.

A tall PPI indicates self confidence.  A small PPI shows the lack of it.

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Other capitals show confidence in abilities.

The two may be the same, but they may not.  It is possible to have confidence in what you know you can do, but feel unworthy, or unimpressed with yourself inside.

A lower case personal pronoun “I”, has the same meaning as a signature written without initial capitals.

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It means one is downplaying one’s own importance, not valuing oneself as much as others.

However, remember the difference.

  • The signature shows that this is what they want to show the world.
  • The personal pronoun “I” shows if it’s really what is going on inside.

Any trait that shows up in the “I” or in the signature, can be analyzed the same way as when it shows up anywhere else, but it has special significance and a stronger influence.


Sometimes a signature can be a confidence booster for the writer.

They are not necessarily being deceitful or deliberately presenting themselves as something they are not.

They have developed a signature that feels good.  It may be a goal to strive for – to be that person.  So do not immediately think negatively about someone just because they have a confidence building signature!

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Check out the signature for what’s on show and then check out the personal pronoun “I” for what’s going on inside.

Fascinating, huh?

For more on Signatures check this out > >

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Do you have questions about writing? 

Fiona MacKay Young

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