The Optimistic Ambitious Person
The amount of energy expended in performing one’s activities is determined by the speed with which a sample of handwriting is executed. The individual who is driven by desire, by an inner excitement, will have more ambition, because his inner resources are the motors that move him forward.
When physical power is required to attain a goal, the muscles are put into action, as evidenced by the heavy pen pressure and the firmness of muscular coordination revealed in the rhythm and pressure coupled in the handwriting. The specimen will be lighter in pen pressure where apprehensive energy is applied, but the passion will show in tenacity hooks throughout the writing. Wherever ambition is the driving force, the writing lines tend to rise to the right, indicating the raising of spirits, optimism, and hopefulness that often accompany striving. Ambition and optimism go hand in hand, since without hope and a single-mindedness of purpose, ambition would be wingless, and the power behind an individual’s endeavor would be diminished.
Your extroverted qualities will first be evident in your rightward-flowing writing if you are ambitious to achieve a world objective, one in which you will stand out because of your accomplishment, or one in which you will be compelled to compete with others to achieve a measure of superiority. Your will strength will be backed up by the voltage that propels your energies forward, so your t crossings will be long, forceful, and noticeable.
Signs of forethought, self-confidence, and excellent judgment—coupled writing with optimism—are detected in the handwriting of the active, ambitious individual. Pessimists aren’t known for their ambition. They don’t think effort is worthwhile because it leads to nothing. Optimists persist in their efforts, even after failure, because they believe success is only around the corner.
Strong, lengthy, determined t bars in heavy-pressure writing will indicate ambition, especially when it exhibits strong, extended, determined t bars. Signs of tenacity in the hooks on closing strokes, whether finals or t bars, suggest ambition in lighter pressure script, but the tenacity used requires nervous energy rather than physical strength.
The Mentally Active Person
Small, well-spaced writing, rising lines, and the letter g that appears like the number 8 or a portion of it are typical of ambitious people whose mind is a significant driving factor. Self-discipline is usually visible, especially when an individual is dedicated to his task. He could be a teacher, a professor, or a scientist working in the field of education. There will be varied signals of strength and weakness depending on his disposition, but when he is actively engaged in his pursuits, evidence of strength will predominate.
Physical Activity and Muscular Energy
The physically active includes the athlete, the baseball or football player, and the man who is naturally drawn to abilities that demand the utilization of physical energy and a harmonious coordination of mind and body. To achieve his athletic ambitions, he must have high muscular coordination, which will show in his handwriting, which will be written with solid, even pen pressure, which is usually heavy. The more nerve control is used, the firmer the writing strokes will be, similar to how golf or swimming strokes are firmer. Long, swinging lower loops in heavy-pressure writing almost always indicate the writer’s enthusiasm for physical activity, which frequently includes the ability to enjoy dancing.
The more accomplished people become in their physical abilities, the more such accomplishment will show up in their writing. Initial strokes on letters will show impatience with details, and the same excitement that is employed in pursuing a chosen objective, generating an out-let for the physical energy, may be identified in the heavy writing’s tempo and firm rhythm. These folks despise conventional jobs, enjoy traveling, have large appetites, and love to be always on the move. If they are restricted to a desk, they become agitated.
The individual with nervous energy who want to engage in physical exercise has an inner enthusiasm rooted in the imagination. These folks, whose nervous needs push them to stay active, may be more resistant to sickness than their more robust counterparts. They are tight, active, eager, and frequently chatty; relaxation is difficult for them to obtain since their busy imagination drives them to reach a goal, and their anxious ardor colors all of their activities.
The writing may appear choppy and anxious, but printed capitals reveal traces of perseverance and, in many cases, physical expertise. It’s also possible to print the little letters. Hooks will appear frequently throughout the text, particularly on horizontal strokes (finals and t crossings).
Strangely enough, worried people who can’t seem to focus for lengthy periods of time have been known to accomplish the most intricate precision work with their hands. Embroidery, needlepoint, and minute metal work have all been done by nervous persons.
We have nervous ailments, insomnia, poor appetite, hysteria, and accompanying illnesses when the energies are overtaxed, as is common in persons whose zeal pushes them beyond their physical capabilities. Many of them are not aware of their nervous energy until they are forced to relax by circumstances. It’s impossible to tell if the mind impacts the body or the body influences the mind in such cases of disease. However, with nerve illnesses, the mind plays a significant role, and handwriting will always reveal a vivid imagination. Allowing their imaginations to run wild, people’s neurotic tendencies have been catered to by this same imagination.
Effects of Geographical Location on Handwriting
It is a well-known truth that a country’s temperament and habits are influenced by its climate. We know that people in the north, where there is always a war with the elements, are more practical, resourceful, and isolated than those in the south, where the scorching sun is not particularly conducive to hard labor. Northerners have accounted for the majority of our great explorers, individuals of secluded temperament who have gone alone. These were men who were practical and visionary in their undertakings.
The more north we travel, the more isolated an individual’s disposition becomes. This is understandable given that the north is colder and less populated than the south. (Of course, the opposite is true for places south of the equator.) The residents’ nature becomes warmer and more expansive as we travel further south. They are less realistic, less ambitious, more sentimental, more sluggish than their northern counterparts. As a result, it’s only logical that people’s temperaments, whether influenced by the north or the south, should be reflected in their handwriting.
We see this difference reflected in the temperament, ambitions, interests, and character of the people of the United States, where the climate of the North is so different from that of the South. Northerners are more inventive in dealing with harsher surroundings, as evidenced by their conservative, practical handwriting. We distinguish the Southerner by his sluggish, easygoing demeanor, which is mirrored in his melodic and sleepy drawl. This sluggish aspect, which affects his mental processes, attitude, and approach to life, is also visible in his handwriting. Procrastination and inertia are almost always seen in the distinctive Southern script. We know that mental lethargy leads to superstition, religious cults, and beliefs that the more awake thinker would be unable to comprehend.
The procrastination sign, in which the t bar does not go through the stem, is a Southern icon. This sign can be found in even the most ambitious Southerners, albeit to a lesser extent and counterbalanced by positive, or plus, indications. Even the Southerner who relocates to the North to live and work does not easily give up his laid-back attitude, nor does he completely lose his Southern drawl. Southerners with drive and insight who want to be progressive do not allow themselves to stagnate in the scorching heat. Their handwriting will indicate an attempt to overcome lethargy features established in them by their surroundings.
The Diffused Energies of the Scatterbrain
The scatterbrain, whose handwriting, like her brain, is a jumble of loose ends, has no clear purpose in mind. She starts a lot of things at once in order to stay busy, but she never finishes them. She can’t stay focused on a single task long enough to finish it, and she’s easily distracted.
The text will be huge and often dispersed, like an enlarged photograph with hazy details or that appears to run into each other. Angles can range from vertical to rightward, and this might cause some misunderstanding (letters of the line above running into the line below). T bars might be weak, powerful, or a combination of the two. In some ways, she’ll be awake and resolute, yet she’ll be vague and in a fog regarding the majority of things.
Active People on the Minus Side
We’ve all met folks who, although appearing to be busy all the time, appear to do nothing concrete. They’re the ones that don’t have a particular goal in mind, who are highly adaptable and capable of executing a variety of tasks successfully. However, they lack the perseverance to complete what they begin. They appear to be unable to retain sustained interest and are frequently restless and misbehaving. Their emotions and their thoughts are constantly at odds with one other. They become very enthused about anything fresh, attractive, or distinctive while planning its execution because they have no specific purpose. However, by the time they are ready to perform, their excitement has faded and they have moved on to something else.
Their calligraphy demonstrates both zeal and inertia. The t bars start with a hook and either don’t go through the letter or get weaker and hairier as they get closer to the end. These are the mercurial, ephemeral, and frequently self-indulgent individuals who live only for the moment. They don’t project their vision because their moods and whims keep them from doing so. We call them the fickle ones since they always seem to be on the lookout for new hobbies and their life don’t seem to follow a set pattern. They frequently have a strong desire to escape the demands of their inner selves. Concentrating on one issue at a time may force individuals to confront facts about their lives that they do not want to confront. As a result, there is no time for reflection. Nothing appears to be completed or concrete as a result of their acts.
Those who seek recompense for what they lack (a specific objective) in gambling, drinking, and worthless hobbies are among this category. They feel bored when they are passive, and their drive to go places and do things frequently leads them to join groups where there is a lot of activity in pursuit of self-indulgent, often empty pleasures.
The drifters fall into this group, as do the shiftless folks who jump from one activity to the next, never focusing long enough on one goal to see results, and who are constantly making excuses for their shiftlessness. The source of the problem is usually the person’s early conditioning and influences. It’s possible that it’s because he’s a square peg in a round hole.
It will be necessary to carefully evaluate the plus and minus traits when analyzing such handwriting, because the writing may appear strong and show signs of talent, versatility, and obvious force, but a thorough examination will reveal a preponderance of weak signs (especially in the t bars), which will provide the main clue to the weakness that offsets the strength.
Passive People on the Plus Side
We are often perplexed by persons who appear to be passive and inert but have clearly done a great lot. These are the folks that naturally fit into their chosen goals and don’t need to work hard to obtain them. They are more likely to be contemplative than active, but when they are active, they can achieve a lot in a short amount of time since they know exactly what they want to do and enjoy it.
They don’t require a driving desire to motivate them to engage in physical or mental activity. Their brain activity could lead to new discoveries or abstract notions that benefit the planet. For example, a man could sleep on his back for years pondering the stars and eventually make a discovery that will change science. He is far ahead of the man who is always busy but achieves nothing to enrich even his own life, thanks to his sedentary conduct and introspection.
The scientist may engage in physical action to record his results, but these periods are insignificant in comparison to the time he has spent considering. Physical passivity is just as useful to humanity (if not more so) than the visible activity of the consciously ambitious and materially productive individual. Mental formations and concentrated, tiny formations will be visible in the handwriting of inactive men. Physical appetites will be secondary, thus pen pressure will be light to medium. T bars can be, and frequently are, flimsy. However, there is no need for a strong will because passivity takes a positive turn. The personality trait is essentially that of an introvert, and the writing may even reveal evidence of genius in its departure from the norm.
Lack of Physical Energy and Vitality
Signs of weakness in handwriting might be caused by physical weakness or a lack of vitality. Inactivity may be advantageous to such an individual, because every conscious effort tends to deplete the already reduced vitality. Many people, however, are dissatisfied because of their forced inactivity as a result of ill health. They are motivated by excitement rooted in imagination, desirous of accomplishments to justify their own life. They aggravate their disease by putting all of their efforts into it, and they are obliged to go to a hospital or a sanitarium sooner or later. Such persons should be encouraged to rest by providing them with an atmosphere that does not need them to be active.
We discover them writing with jittery, jerky hands, with T bars that are thicker and blacker than the rest of the text. The shortness of the bottom loop, which lacks the hardness of muscular coordination, reveals their lack of vigor. Even the act of gripping the pen is an effort for a devitalized person, therefore the pen pressure will be exceedingly mild, often sickly looking.
Breaks in the letters may appear as a result of tense and shaky writing, and if energy is overtaxed, the lines will begin to droop to the right. Though such a person’s excitement may result in a soaring upward swing in the line, words will occasionally droop as the zeal saps the vitality. When a person’s writing indicates that he or she is overtaxing their reserve strength, the graphologist should provide a warning and advise the writer to ease up.