What Handwriting Can Tell You About Your Personality (and Your Teen’s)

This Is What You Can Learn About Your Teen

Handwriting is a projection of the unconscious mind.  It’s your personality on paper.  Handwriting analysts believe you might be able to tell how an individual wants to be seen by the world through the unconscious act of signing their name.  

Cursive handwriting or printing is sometimes referred to as frozen body language because your brain creates the image of what you want to express, and your fingers carry out the directive of your mind.  

I'm a trained graphotherapist, a leadership trainer,  as well having taught highschool for a decade. The combination of all three skills becomes quite powerfull; so much so that I put together a course for parents and teachers about the secrets and strengths you can discover in kids' handwriting. Here a few of insights on how you can begin to unlock the power of handwriting.


Could social aptitude be reflected in handwriting?

It’s in the size and the slant. A shy socially withdrawn or introverted person may display small, cramped letters that slant to the left.  This individual is signaling to the world that they prefer a quiet night at home to a loud, gregarious party.  They may appear to someone who doesn’t know them like a snail who doesn’t come out of its shell too often.  

To project a more dynamic, charismatic public persona, they could practice signing their name larger, in the center of the page, with a slight upward slant 

A grander, bolder signature equals the physical manifestation of a more outwardly confident image.  It gives others the impression that you see yourself as a leader comfortable with being the center of attention or taking the lead in a new project at work.


What might handwriting tell us about communication style?

In terms of direct and clear communication, it’s in the loops of your circle letters. Handwriting that displays middle-zone letters free of interior double loops represents integrity.  Double loops that pervade writing may show that a teen might not feel safe telling certain people the truth about something going on in their life.  

While writing, you may consider bringing some nonjudgmental self-awareness to the unnecessary loops that you are making in the circular shapes such as “O”, “A” and “D”.  It may help bring a new perspective as to why you may be withholding the truth in a particular situation.


What may handwriting reveal about self-esteem, ambition and goals?

With regards to high self-esteem, ambition and goals, it’s in the height of the t-bar.  A high, strongly written t-bar from left to right might show that a teen values themselves and their ability to plan ahead to achieve their goals.  

If the t-bar is softly drawn and fades out quickly, it may be beneficial to change this stroke. The next time you are taking notes in a meeting, consciously write strong, high and long strokes on the top half of the t-bar to project an enthusiastic and powerful level of self-esteem.  

It can generate enthusiasm and help positively shift one’s mindset by changing the neural pathways that correlate to a specific trait.  

The high t-bar also reflects the unconscious belief of setting strong and clear personal boundaries, of fearlessly facing change, and signals to the brain to take calculated risks in the direction of where someone sets out to go in life.


How could barriers to trust be shown in handwriting?  

A barrier to trusting people may be seen in the indicator of an illegible signature.  If your signature is illegible, it may be a sign that you have a desire to be seen but not known.  You are projecting to the world that you are a private person who desires to keep your identity hidden.  

It could also be seen as an obstacle to intimacy and connecting with others.  To solve this, take the time to write out every letter in both your given name and your surname to display and feel more openness, approachability and presence. 

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The Art of Handwriting...


Join us on Thursday, April 23rd at 9pm on our Facebook page to learn what your writing says about you (AND your teen)

Grab a glass of wine, a pen, some paper, and download 'The 'Courageous Conversation' hand-out, to learn 3 fun yet practical tools to use handwriting to positively impact your life, your teens' and your relationships at home during these challenging times.

In this 30-minute Facebook Live session, you will learn:

  • How to create a nightly 5-minute gratitude journaling practise to bring more joy into your home
  • How to use the 'Lincoln Letter' method to effectively manage your emotions in dealing with your teen
  • How to quickly plan a courageous conversation with your teen so that both of you feel good and make real progress in communicating with each other.

Join CTV's, The Morning Show's Handwriting + Parenting Expert, father of two, and creator of the online course, Secrets and Strengths in Your Child's Handwriting, Jamie Mason Cohen, as he shares science-backed handwriting tools to help transform your life and your teen's.


Jamie Mason Cohen is CTV's The Morning Show's Handwriting + Parenting Expert, father of two, and creator of the online course, Secrets and Strengths in Your Child's Handwriting. Jamie was a highshcool teacher for a decade, a trained graphotherapist and is currently in high demand as a Leadership Trainer and Speaker.