Are you too shy to read this? Shyness: The Handwriting Trait of the Week


Shyness: Trait of the Week

Contributed by Guest Author and
Certified Handwriting
Analyst David Riffey, St. Petersburg, FL

Are you diplomatic, self-conscious or just shy?

While studying for Handwriting Analysis Certification, I did a written analysis for a young woman at work. After reading it she declared, “This is so me, how can you come up with all this?”

I told her that I look for handwriting traits that are known to relate to particular personality characteristics. In learning these traits it helps to understand how the mind forms them and reveals them in our writing. An easily understood trait is the height of the t-bar and it’s relation to self-esteem or self-confidence.

The height at which the t-bar crosses the t-stem is a measure of the degree of self esteem we have for ourselves. The higher the t-bar the more we like ourselves, and generally we will do better in life than someone with a low self-esteem. The lower the t-bar, the lower our self image and the more likely we will live with, and stay in, unhappy or unhealthy situations. The person with a low t-bar has a fear of change.

Why risk change if you think you can’t do better? Okay, these traits are pretty clear, aren’t they? The height of the t-bar correlates to the level of self-esteem.

Others are not so obvious. You’ll find two traits shown in the m’s and n’s which may seem unrelated: remember, opposite strokes do not always mean opposite personality traits. (Low t-bars vs. high t-bars have opposite meanings in relation to self-esteem. However, the opposite strokes in the m– and n-humps do not have opposite meanings on first look.)

Self-Consciousness vs. Diplomacy.

Self-consciousness is a fear of ridicule by others

Diplomacy is dealing with people so as not to offend them.

Self-consciousness is indicated by humps that grow progressively bigger in a stair-step fashion
as the letter is written toward the right. Diplomacy is written in lowering stair steps going to the
right. How do these relate? Directionally speaking, we know that anything in handwriting that is
going to the left is related to the self or to the past. Strokes going to the right represent the future or others.





            self  <------------------->  others

As you look at these traits, realize that the self-conscious trait slopes down to the left. Diplomacy slopes down to the right. Diplomacy is the awareness of others. Self-consciousness is the OVER awareness of what others might be thinking. Thinking about these traits in this way allows you to understand that they carry essentially the same principle. The direction of the stroke, whether towards ourselves or toward others, is the difference.

Self-conscious people will frequently exhibit shyness in crowds, a reluctance to be in the spotlight,
or fear of talking to strangers. Traits such as “pride” and “sensitivity to criticism” will increase the
trait of self-consciousness. It seems heavy doses of alcoholic beverages reduce self-consciousness. (ha.ha.)

This graphic used with permission from the Level 301 CertificationLevel
Textbook, available only through Handwriting University’s Certification program.

Remember that seeing a stroke just once, doesn’t make it 100% prevalant in the person’s character.
That is why it is a good idea to get lots of writing, before being 100% conclusive.

Someone that has the ability to be diplomatic might never show it if they are impulsive,
sarcastic, angry at women (or men), and over sensitive. These “fears and defenses” overpower the trait of diplomacy.

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Special Handwriting Sample:

Compare your writing to a successful Radio Host

Recently, I was faxed the sample below from a Radio Station on which I was being

interviewed. This guy, Matt, has the most unusual t-bars and y-loops I saw that day. You may recall that the t-bar indicates how high someone’s goals tend to be. In Matt’s case, the t-bar doesn’t even touch the stem. It flies way above the letter t. This indicates a tendency to be a
“dreamer” and “oversell” his ideas.

As if Matt’s goals are not in touch with reality. Luckily, Matt also has heavy handwriting (passion),
long t-bars (enthusiasm) and the double cross star stroke on the letter t (persistence)…these traits will
force him to achieve many of the goals other people consider unrealistic.

Also, notice the long lower loops in the y‘s and g‘s…this indicates strong physical energy as well as
strong sex drive. I guess you could say this guy really believes he could get a date with
Pamela Anderson! Ha. He has diplomacy and a huge sexual appetite.

Matt is a sharp guy, quick minded, and underlines his name (self-reliance) and his entire writing
tilts uphill…meaning he’s optimistic. I would hire him or bet on him…even though he is a dreamer.

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Q: What can be told from a person’s signature?
A: The signature represents what a person wants the world to see or what he wants to be, an image that may or may not be the same as the inner self. Because a signature contains only a few letters, it does not provide enough information for the analyst to make a complete and accurate evaluation.
Q: My signature is illegible. What does that mean?
A: It means people have a hard time reading your name. Seriously, illegible handwriting can mean a number of things. In general, an illegible signature reveals a desire to be seen but not known, keeping things private. You may want to keep your true identity hidden. It could also mean you are in a hurry. People who continually sign their name all day long often do so in a hurry and, therefore, don’t care what their signature looks like. Illegible handwriting in combination with other specific traits may indicate dishonesty, but there are a lot of variables.
Q: Why is my signature different than how I write everything else?
A: Because the signature is a badge to the world. It is a representation of what a person wants the world to see about himself. A signature that is different from the rest of his writing says he does not want to reveal everything about himself. There may be some aspect of his personality that he wants to hide, so he creates a new “person” by creating a signature with a different look.

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  2. Marcel Elfers says:

    Matt the newsguy …. Note how large his first letters are in multiple words. This is a trend. Yet, the word “not” has a squeezed first letter “n” because the loop of the word “your” above is “in the way”.
    Matt adjusted also the D of Do to the right to “miss the loop above”. These adjustments show that Matt is “aware of his environment” and since he cares to adjust, is likely a “considerate individual”. A trade to look for.


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    I have had wonderful luck in obtaining good samples to study. Whenever I tell people about it, they always say “do mine”!! I shall not stop until I am certified! This is the most interesting subject I have ever studied!