My signature changes

But my signature changes, you say.

Well, yes, we are not machines, and just as your behavior will change somewhat depending on your mood and situation, so will your writing.

Just as if I took a photo of you today and another of you tomorrow – they wouldn’t be identical, but they would both still be recognizable as you.

So it is with your signature. Core personality traits will always remain the same, but your mood, your level of expression, the time and care given to the writing will all change how your signature looks.

But remember, when you are analyzing writing, you are not looking at the writing style, you are looking at strokes within the writing, and these will more or less stay the same.

If for example, your signature slants more to the right one day and more upright another, it just means that on the day you right slanted it you were feeling more outgoing, more emotionally responsive than on the day you wrote it upright.

It doesn’t mean you weren’t you on either of these days, it was just a different situation.

So don’t worry if your signature, or any of your writing, is not the same all the time. This is known as being human!

For more on signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook.


Honesty: in a signature or anywhere

Honesty is easy to spot in writing – so is dishonesty.

Of course, in handwriting analysis all things work together to make the whole personality just as it does in life, but there is one specific stroke that shows when you perhaps have to be more careful as to how much trust you put in what you are being told.

I have posted a Mini-Quiz on honesty, and although the example is not in a signature, it will show exactly the same in signatures.

Go to the mini-quiz and just scroll down the home page a very short way to find it.


Is this writer Open or Secretive?

Here is how to tell if the signature writer will be open or secretive.

As you read this remember that the signature shows the “on show” person, and if different from the rest of the writing, it does not necessarily reflect the real, deep down individual.

A loop on the right side of any circle letter shows secretiveness.

Circle letters are lower case “a”, “o”, the circle part of “d” and “g.”

Where there is a loop on the right side of any of these letters, secretiveness exists.

Lack of loops = lack of secretiveness.

Openness is present when the circle letters are “clean”, meaning they have no loops or hooks at all.

If secretiveness appears in, say, the first name and not in the last name, this would indicate that this person may be secretive on a very personal level, but more open about family.

It goes without saying, that if there are no circle letters in a name, then secretiveness or openness can not be identified.

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Sensitivity to Criticism

Sensitivity to Criticism – how does it show in a signature?

The lower case “t” and “d” show sensitivity to criticism, and that goes for all writing, not just the signature.

Although the body of the writing is the “real” person and the signature the “on show” person, if sensitivity shows in the general writing, it will probably show in the signature as well.

If someone is genuinely sensitive to criticism, it is unlikely they will be able to dispel it in their public personna.

Of course, being sensitive to criticism and showing it are two different things. Here we are dealing only with feeling it.

Remembering that the first name is personal, the last name is family, it is interesting to see which shows more sensitivity, assuming both names have a “t” or a “d” in them.

The larger the loop the more the sensitivity to criticism.

Look for it. You’ll be surprised what you find.

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Signatures: Size does matter.

Is your signature smaller than your writing? The same size? Or larger?

A signature smaller than the rest of the writing is someone who is hiding away, who doesn’t want to be noticed. Why appear “smaller” or less noticeable than you really are? False modesty could be one reason, or someone who has some reason to want to brush by without attracting attention.

Signature larger than the writing is the opposite. This person wants to be noticed. They are presenting themselves as larger than life. They want attention and recognition. It may be part of the job – a salesman, a politician etc. Or it may just be a cry for attention.

The signature of the most genuine person is the one who’s signature and writing look the same. Here I am, they say, like me or not, this is who I am, like me or not.

If you write your signature differently from your writing, take time to consider why you do this. There may be a good reason, or you may discover something about yourself you hadn’t previously thought of.

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Why did her last name droop downwards?

When giving some “instant readings” at the end of a presentation, I came across the signature of a woman who’s first name was on an even keel – it was written on an even horizontal. But her last name was distinctly downhill in direction.

I told her she seemed to be doing not too badly on a personal level, but on the family level something appeared to be making her unhappy or even depressed.

Her answer was that her husband of 26 years had died a year ago.

She was now herself back and doing not too badly, but the remaining sadness about her husband was represented in the downhill, or depressed direction of her married name.

Downhill writing always means discouragement through to depression. Look carefully where it appears because that can be telling as to what is causing the problem.

For more on Signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook, and for great party fun, check out the Signature Party Game.

The all important space

Nothing-ness is important. A space is nothing. It is where you write nothing. And it is very important.

I just noticed the signature of a friend of mine who is going through a divorce. She signs her first name, her maiden name followed by her husband’s name. She uses this name for business.

Previously all three names were evenly spaced out. Now her first name and her maiden name are close together, and her last name (her married name) has a larger gap between them.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or a graphologist) to work out that this means she is distancing herself from her husband.

If there are only 2 names, first and last, the spacing can be checked against the rest of the writing.

If the individual uses their own name, is not married etc, then the second, family name represents their family in general. Times of stress within families can show in an increase of this space.

For more on Signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook, and for great party fun, check out the Signature Party Game.

Readers Questions: What does a period at the end of a signature mean?

Angie from Florida wrote asking me what it means when someone puts a period at the end of their signature.

It means “I have spoken, that is it, end of story.”

Now you know. I have spoken, that is it, end of story. Fiona.

For more on Signatures check out the Signature Analysis Workbook, and for great party fun, check out the Signature Party Game.

What’s new? Use your signature to play!

You’ve used your signature in many ways.

To sign letters. To sign credit cards. To sign official documents and contracts. To sign checks.

But have you ever used it to play a game?

Now you can!

The new “Signature Party Game” has everyone at the party signing their name, and then playing a game that involves discovering what personality traits are shown in it …. and in the signatures of everyone else at the party!

It’s all light hearted and fun. If one of your guests is an axe murderer, you’ll have to find out the hard way – the game focuses on positive and fun traits, getting everyone involved and getting to know each other better.

Great fun for a crowd who already know each other well.

A super ice breaker game for those who are new or newish to each other.

Just sign your names, follow the game step by step instructions, have an entertaining and enlightening event!

If you’d like to see a few of the things you can tell from a signature, take the free signature analysis quiz.