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.

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…

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…

For more on Signatures…

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.

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