Because we all have a mix of masculine and feminine traits, handwriting does not reveal the writer’s sex. As a result, the graphologist should always know the writer’s sex before conducting an analysis. The expert may form an intuitive impression based on his observations of many specimens of both male and female handwriting, but this is not based on scientific graphological formula and cannot be trusted.
The preponderance of certain signs in the writing determines masculine and feminine traits, but signs that we characterize as strength in a woman’s handwriting may be interpreted as weakness in a man’s handwriting. Even if a handwriting has strong masculine characteristics, it could be written by a woman. So, what does masculinity look like in handwriting?
The way a man’s mind works is different from a woman’s: a man’s mind works with abstractions because his emotions aren’t directly tied to his biological mission: He “thinks” with his mind, whereas she “thinks” with her heart for the most part.
Men are more prone to reflection and have a broader horizon of interest that reaches beyond the home, whereas women tend to act and are more interested in people (due to their job of running the family). Because it is there that a man’s goal is found, and it is there that he can strive to be a notable figure.
However, the landscape is shifting, and many women have developed ambitions in fields that were once exclusively male-dominated. Even independent women have a desire to express feminine interests, and many women who work outside the home are married, have children, and enjoy all of their responsibilities.
Most men lack the alterocentrism of a traditionally feminine woman. So, in general, is versatility so important to a woman who has to deal with a variety of tasks and problems on a daily basis. Men are more analytical, seek reasons for their decisions, and are more logical than the essentially feminine hand, which will show spontaneity and the ability to make decisions on the spur of the moment. A sick child may take a temperature while a man considers whether or not to call the doctor; a woman, on the other hand, will call the doctor first and think later. Whereas a man is guided by his reason, a woman is guided more by her emotions when it comes to major decisions.
Logical thinking manifests itself in connected writing, particularly in connected words, indicating a flow of thoughts and ideas. In the essentially masculine hand, there are fewer signs of emotional dominance, and when there is creative ability, the signs in the handwriting are also more obvious. Men are more introverted than women, which is evident when there are signs of mental development, such as small, well-formed writing with a vertical or slightly backhand angle. This makes sense when we consider that the woman’s biological mission compels her to adopt a more social, extroverted personality.
Intuition is primarily a feminine trait, stemming from women’s original role in the cultural development of civilization: education was once restricted to men only, leaving women to learn by instinct. Men’s handwriting frequently displays intuition, and when it does, it is frequently accompanied by signs of sound judgment. Men do have intuitive hunches, but they don’t rely on them as much as women do. A man can reason out his hunch by tracing it back to its source. “I don’t trust that person; I don’t know why,” a woman might say, and her actions will back up her gut instinct.
Breaks between letters, where the hand lifts unconsciously from the paper, allowing a flash of intuition to enter consciousness, are examples of intuition. The omission of initial strokes demonstrates good judgment, and where this occurs, there is usually corroborating evidence in the omission of return strokes on lower loops, or in upper loops that begin with a single stroke. (If this is the case, y and g will resemble figures 7 and 9.)
Because she has been denied higher education and relegated to the limited area of the home in the past—to say nothing of bumbling through life by following her instincts—women have learned to easily assimilate knowledge. This is especially true when it comes to her ability to comprehend people. A woman will judge another woman by her reactions at a glance. She will not only notice the hat that another woman is wearing, but she will also determine whether she is sincere or just acting. She has the ability to see right through people and is naturally more critical than men. This is what makes her more gossipy, and when we meet a man with this trait, we automatically assume he is an old woman.
The man’s mind is built to deal with abstractions and is less concerned with emotional experiences and their significance in his life. Because of her natural practicality, a woman can be considered well educated based on what she has learned from her emotional experiences. Women know a lot of things without having to learn them, whereas men must be taught in order to learn.
Even though it was written by a woman, a cultured or educated hand can be referred to as masculine from a graphological standpoint. The emotional, practical hand, on the other hand, will exhibit more feminine characteristics and is referred to as feminine. There may be a mix of masculine and feminine characteristics in a single specimen, necessitating careful research before attempting a character analysis from handwriting.
Few fields of endeavor have remained untouched by women, including creative art and science. There are some women who, not only biologically, but also artistically, have enough masculinity in their makeup to inspire them to express their creative instinct.
Because a man’s dominant ambitions bring him into contact with the outside world and its problems, whether consciously or unconsciously, he is less concerned with domestic issues. The desire to build or conquer empires, as well as the adventurous spirit of the explorer, is essentially masculine. We occasionally hear about a female explorer, but she is an outlier. In the flying t bar above the stem of the letter, her handwriting, like the man’s, will reveal this spirit of adventure.
There are few household tasks women undertake that cannot be mastered by men. The best cooks, for example, have been guys with feminine qualities in their penmanship. Men will regard cooking as an art or as an experiment, whereas women will make it their duty to be good cooks.
To comprehend the characteristics we attach to women, we must first evaluate her requirements. She has to be financially stable in order to nurture her strongest instinct, maternal instinct. As a result, she is more realistic than a male when it comes to running a family and (eventually) raising children. The maternal instinct makes her first concerned for the children’s physical well-being. And, because her maternalism encompasses him as well, she extends this interest to her husband.
She is more possessive than men because of this drive, and this possessiveness, when worsened by fear of loss or denial of expression or fulfillment, develops a natural distrust in her. Keep an eye on the mother dog or cat who is nursing her pups. During this time, she is wary of anyone who gets close to them. Unfortunately, the possessiveness of a human mother can persist beyond the nursing stage.
The necessity to complete a hundred small activities during the course of a day gives the maternal lady a natural executive aptitude. She can still find time to minister to a needy neighbor in an emergency while caring for her husband and children—perhaps taking care of one sick child, getting the others ready for school, making their meals, and mending clothes. She is absorbed by her natural tasks, and she must develop adaptability in order to pay attention to the range of nuances that her everyday responsibilities demand. This trait isn’t necessary for a man who goes to his specialized job, understands what it entails, and follows the rules, but it’s almost needed for women.
Women are more spontaneous and subjective than males because their emotions motivate their reasoning. Few women love doing something they can’t do on their own time. Spontaneity is frequently the most prominent quality in a specimen written by a feminine woman, and it is often accompanied by maternal instincts, possessiveness (when this emerges, there are usually traces of suspiciousness as well), versatility, and a preference for feeling over reason.
Most of the time, the writing will be hurried and leaning to the right. When the angle is vertical, the formations will most likely be very rounded, and the lettering will be rather huge. Horizontal finals will be long, with high or medium pen pressure.
Women, who are frequently pushed to make hasty decisions, rely heavily on intuition. This reasoning instinct warns them of approaching danger, and while acting fast, they do not take the time to assess the danger’s origin. In a similar situation, a male would be more likely to contemplate and figure out the root of the problem, while a woman’s practical nature necessitates that she act. As a result, she is more active than reflective. Because her practical logic is clouded by her emotional need, she is possessive. She relies on the man for both financial and emotional stability, and she is willing to suspect any object or scenario that threatens to deprive her of him.
Because she isn’t always capable of comprehending a man’s abstract logic, the feminine woman is prone to be suspicious of what she doesn’t grasp. She has a natural caution in pursuit of her joys because her danger and duty are greater biologically than man’s. She is naturally more cautious than a man, and she lacks his occasional recklessness. (Of course, there are exceptions.)
However, what we refer to as a woman’s intuition is often present in men as well. It gives man’s vision more depth. His logic and reason allow him to comprehend the shape and structure of things in the universe, while intuition allows him to perceive their face and spirit.
Intuition is a requirement for a woman in coping with her difficulties; it is an endowment for a guy. Without intuition, a man could not attain greatness; without it, a woman would be crippled in her role as a woman.
The dominant ambition of a feminine woman is to excel as the ruler of her own home (occasionally inspiring envy in other women), primarily because doing so ensures the greatest level of security. She can make an art out of her pursuit if she is gifted with imagination and intelligence. Her children will be the masterpieces she strives to create. She also caters to her own desire for achievement as well as their mental and emotional development by encouraging them to engage in constructive endeavors.
In choosing a career or goal that brings her into contact with the outside world, the independent feminine woman (economically independant of men) finds expression, often sublimation, for her maternal instinct in the very goal she chooses. If her creative instinct is stifled, she may seek to reform (rebuild or recreate) others: if she can’t create a world in her own home, she will seek to perfect human beings in the outside world. As a result, we have women who lead reform movements, who run orphanages, special schools, and nurseries. The same trait in men may lead them to pursue careers in the clergy, as these men have a strong feminine admixture.
Inspiration is intuition taken to its highest level and manifested in a man’s handwriting. Chronic suspicion has been used to describe it when it is at its peak in a woman. A woman whose emotions are primarily feminine but whose mind is capable of logical reasoning is destined to be complicated. She is torn between what her emotions expect of her and what her mind criticizes in these expectations. She’ll have a feminine spontaneity mixed with a masculine directness. She will be able to comprehend both men and women’s reactions. She is usually decisive and forceful in personality when she is mature, and she has a clear goal in mind. (She may also be mildly schizophrenic at times.)
These women strive for goals that encourage a maternal instinct, but they often take a masculine approach to achieving these goals. We see them as doctors, artists, writers, and musicians on occasion. They’re the ones whose life experiences have mellowed their thinking, and who frequently combine feminine practicality and masculine romanticism in their thinking.