There are no connecting strokes in printing, thus each letter is distinct. You might want to print for three reasons. (1) You print because your cursive writing is illegible; in this situation, you print for the sake of convenience, common sense, and consideration for others. (2) If your cursive handwriting is readable but you prefer to print, it’s because you don’t want to show your true self to others. (3) Or you only print specific words or phrases when you want them to stand out, or when you don’t want to say them and are overcompensating.
Let’s look at each of these explanations in more detail to see where they came from.
You print because your cursive writing is illegible; in such case, you print for the sake of convenience, common sense, and consideration for others. Consider the following questions to better understand why so many people’s cursive writing is illegible.
Men or women, who prints the most? Why is this the case? Men print more than women, as you probably already know. Men printed 10 times as many times as women in 1974. Why do men print in such large numbers compared to women? Is it because men lack the same level of finger control as women? It isn’t the case. Men would not outnumber women in disciplines involving fine muscle movement, such as brain surgery, if this were the case. The reason why males print more than women can be traced back to when they first learned to write by hand in school.
Why were we taught to write in printing rather than cursive when we were five, six, or seven years old? It’s because printing is just a sequence of downstrokes that rely on muscle contraction. The movements that need a combination of contraction and extension, known as “fine motor movements,” are the movements required to connect one letter to another and are the most challenging for a youngster of that age. Children between the ages of five and eight find these motions extremely challenging, however some are more skilled than others.
However, in terms of fine motor skills, the average girl in this age range is around two years ahead of the average boy. The kid, on the other hand, is two years ahead in gross motor skills, which include tasks like kicking a ball, socking a ball, and other playground activities. If you’ve ever taught elementary school, as I have, you know that the same little boys with spastic handwriting may be tough little athletes on the field. On the playground, the normal girl, who has no trouble with her penmanship, often feels awkward and bewildered.
As a result, the ordinary boy dislikes handwriting from the start because he isn’t very good at it. Many children despise handwriting for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, we push youngsters to write with large, black, thick pencils with no erasers—a massive two-by-four that even adults despise. Then we give the kids lined paper with lines that are two inches apart to write on. So we have a little hand grappling with a giant club, attempting to create excessively large movements that don’t resemble real handwriting, and the youngster is well aware of this.
Furthermore, the teacher claims that at around the age of seven, once the youngster has apparently mastered printing, “Boys and girls, let’s get this party started. We’re going to cease printing now because we’re going to learn a revolutionary new writing style called cursive!”
The normal youngster, who has struggled with printing, must now acquire a new, distinct technique of writing that requires him to perform difficult circular movements. It’s no surprise that he believes he despises handwriting. When a typical boy graduates from elementary school, around the age of twelve, he enters junior high school, and his handwriting is no longer graded on his report card. As a result, he believes, “Oh, my goodness! Because it was easier, I’m going back to printing!” And many boys continue to do so throughout their lives.
We’ve discovered that males who continue on to utilize cursive writing were probably good at it from the start, whereas those who struggled with it or disliked it went on to printing. Even though the male catches up to girls in fine motor skills around the age of nine or ten, he already knows he despises handwriting and doesn’t bother to attempt.
Ask for an example of someone’s cursive writing when they mention that they always print because their handwriting is illegible. If the cursive handwriting is truly illegible, the individual prints for the sake of convenience and reader concern. Cursive writing, on the other hand, is frequently as legible as, if not more so than, printing. The person prints in this scenario because it makes him feel better. This writer is adamant about not joining his letters.
If your cursive handwriting is readable but you prefer to print, it’s because you don’t want to disclose your true self to others. As a result, this rationale for printing refers to someone who has good handwriting yet still wants to print.
Why would someone prefer to print all the time when we can write cursively so much faster than we can print? The reason for this is that the individual subconsciously desires the extra time. He does not wish to easily and spontaneously disclose himself through writing (which is what cursive writing allows). He wants time to ponder, analyze, and evaluate the impact he has on others.
Our connecting strokes are what distinguishes us from one another graphologically. Our connections reveal our individual personalities, which are what distinguishes our handwriting. No two people have the same pattern of connections. This is why a signature on a check or a will that has been printed is not lawful or valid. We can also make a variety of graphological inferences based on the connectors, such as whether a writer is social, aggressive, or dishonest. Printing is one of the most effective techniques to disguise your personality from people unintentionally.
Anyone who works in a field where printing is a necessary part of their job, such as an architect, an engineer, or a member of the law enforcement community, is an obvious exception to this view. Printing becomes an in-grained habit for these kinds, who may utilize a certain print style on drawings, blueprints, and forms. Their distinct printing technique is usually easy to spot.
Someone who prints only particular words or phrases on occasion does so to make them stand out—or to compensate for the fact that he doesn’t want to pronounce them. Have you ever been composing a letter and suddenly felt compelled to print it? It occurs to a large number of people. “To make it stand out,” the writer responds when asked why he printed something. Do you agree with me? Why didn’t the author emphasize the word you instead? When you have a sudden subconscious impulse to print, it usually signifies you have pulled out your feelings, stopped the flow, and wanted to calm down.
At least 80% of a person’s letters must be connected to qualify as a connected writer. Connected writing implies that the writer’s ideas and behavior are very sequential; he doesn’t want to stop. Cursive is a handwriting style that stems from the Latin word cursus, which means “running.”
People who are highly connected writers are also highly connected thinkers, who think and behave in a sequential manner. They are more likely to try to follow a technique in a systematic manner and may become bewildered if they do not have a clear plan of action for accomplishing their objectives. When they create a list, they should complete step four before moving on to stages five and six. Writers with a lot of connections are logical thinkers who try to leave as little to chance as possible. They also tend to rely on realistic approaches rather than hunches.
Combination of Printing and Cursive Writing
Print-writing (or unconnected writing) combines characteristics of printing and cursive writing. When you finish a word in print-writing, you’ve already crossed all your t’s and dotted all your i’s, and you’re ready to move on. There are two categories of people who write in print: (1) those who write with efficient breaks and (2) those who write with inefficient breaks, depending on when and where they lift the pen within a word.
Intelligence, quickness, efficiency, directness, and simplification are all attributes of writing with efficient breaks (efficient print-writing). People who write in this style avoid going overboard. They dislike gimmicks and prefer to get to the heart of the matter. Ineffective writing breaks indicate that the writer’s mind is wavering. When someone “gets off track,” “loses the thread of what he was talking about,” or “stops and starts in his job,” you know what we mean. Such authors are unable to concentrate and keep their minds on the task at hand.