Usually, I refrain from analysing signatures unless they are accompanied by the writers’ handwriting samples. Yet, some people insist on signature analysis. I avoid it because if the signature is analysed in isolation, there are chances of me going wrong about the personality of the writer.
The analysis could be flawed because the handwriting shows how the person is, but his signature reveals how he wants the world to see him. Hence, it is possible that a signature analysis in isolation can mislead me. The signature portrays a face about the writer, which may not be closer to his true personality.
Nevertheless, signatures cannot be written off as unimportant because though they may not be adequate for the purpose of a complete handwriting analysis, they are part and parcel of the writers’ lives.
According to signature analysis, every time you draw your signature, you make a statement to yourself and to the rest of the world, saying, “See, this is who I am.” It means that the signature is a reflection of how one behaves in public and how one handles oneself.
For example, a woman may wear a pleasant smile all the time (reflected by signature), but whether she is really happy or not will be revealed by her handwriting, not signature. Hence, it is not fair to judge a book by its cover, but still the cover is crucial because it keeps the pages together.
Good & bad signatures
In this article, we will talk only about the covers i.e. signatures. There are many kinds — both good and bad. Unfortunately, I can’t discuss them all. Here, I will tell you about five kinds of signatures you must avoid. If you find yours similar to any of them, change it immediately.
Before that, a few more words on signature analysis. Many of us chose our signatures when we were about 15 years of age. We liked a combination of strokes and decided this is how our signatures should look like. By doing that, we inadvertently also decided how we wanted to be seen by the world.
But would you disagree that as a teenager, our needs and responsibilities were different from what we have as an adult? We had fewer responsibilities and a certain attitude towards life and the world around us. As grown-ups, we now have many more responsibilities and at times, we need a great deal of attitude adjustment to survive.
Why you should change your signature
Let me explain: as a 15-year-old, many of my needs were being fulfilled by my parents. I got whatever I needed. If I did not get something I wanted, I threw tantrums. Never felt any need for attitude adjustment. I did not even know what attitude adjustment meant.
Understandably, with an approach like that, it would be difficult to survive because people around me do not love me as my parents do. They will not be as forgiving as my parents are. They have no reason to put up with my tantrums. In fact, if I choose to keep that attitude, I might lose friends.
Similarly put, if one is used to getting things too easily and effortlessly, one will lack patience in real life and may become a quitter. These are just a few examples. There are many more. (Read more on handwriting analysis traits)
The question arises is how the attitude and approach of an individual is linked to his signature. I said at the beginning that as per signature analysis, signatures show who we want ourselves to be seen. And every time we sign in a particular way, we reinforce those beliefs.
Hence, if we change the way we sign our names, it will result in a change of attitude far more conducive to interpersonal harmony.
Let’s see what to avoid in a signature:
1. Strike-through signature
This is one kind of signature I always find alarming. The signature you see on your right has been lifted from the suicide note of a Mumbai-based girl who killed herself in 2008. The girl wrote in her suicide note that she was taking the extreme step because she was not well prepared for her exams.
According to signature analysis, the baseline of her suicide note clearly indicates that she was depressed and that she really did not like herself. Look at the strike-through strokes in her signature. Such strokes in signatures reflect self-hatred, a tendency to stab and punish oneself . That’s exactly what the girl did.
Signature analysis says that if you have a signature with horizontal or vertical strike-through strokes (like my reader Mr Chaturvedi has), get rid of it. Every time you write a signature like this, you reinforce whatever the strokes stand for. If it’s self-hatred, you will dislike yourself all the more and take rash steps to sabotage everything you have accomplished or achieved.
Therefore, keep your signature plain ‘n’ simple.
2. Camouflage signature
To be honest, I had this type of signature till about four years ago (Pic below). On the face of it, the signature looks clean and there are no twisted strokes here. But notice the first letter and a circle around it. That’s where the problem is. The stroke is not right. The circle, which sort of camouflages the first name, shows the writer creates self-limiting beliefs and follow by them religiously.
Signature analysis says circles around the first name (see another example) shows the person often gets defensive in public and he is over-protective about himself.
Such writers have a problem making friends because they do not open up, and are always scared of getting hurt at an emotional level. Besides, they suspect the motives of people around them, which often results in their social isolation.
Usually, people who are extremely sensitive have such signatures. The circle is used by the writer as a protective robe to avoid pain. If you have such a circle around your signature, get rid of it. I did that. The results will surprise you. (By the way, industrialist Anil Ambani’s signature falls in this category. Read here)
3. Small signature
A very small signature shows a lack of confidence to pull off day-to-day tasks. If a tiny signature co-exists with other strokes showing low self-esteem, such as low t-bar and small personal pronoun, it becomes an inexhaustible source of diffidence.
Whenever such a writer is in a group, he thinks he is the one who has less of everything — looks, money, talent or success — than others. They are the people whose self-respect is always trampled by the crowd. They become an easy target because they do not protest. They lack the courage to speak their mind. After several bruises, they begin to avoid social gatherings.
In many cases, such people develop psychological problems. If you have such a signature, enlarge it a bit. But not too much.
4. Trace-back signature
A lot of people I met have this signature. From the last stroke, they go backward — from right to left — and draw the underline without lifting the pen. In most cases, the underline stroke does not return to its originating point and usually ends on the left side In signature analysis, this is called trace-back signature.
According to graphology, such writers never come out of their past and most of the time. They run in reverse gear. They think too much about past matters and that the days gone-by occupy more space in their mind. They fail to let go of something that was good or bad in the past.
Recently, I met a businessman who most of the time kept talking about how bad his last garment business was and how it failed “despite his efforts”. I tried to engage him in a conversation on his current business, but after a minute or two, he would again go back to the old one. What do you think the businessman would have been doing while running that garment business? My guess is he spends more time talking about his previous business.
If you have a similar signature, draw an underline from left to the right. (Note: There are many other types of trace-back and underline signatures.)
5. Scribbled signature
This is one of the most common signatures. Such writers are always in a hurry. When you ask them to explain the scribble, they say: “I have to sign hundred times in a day. I can’t write my full name…”
There are two reasons they scribble. One, their mind is faster than their hands. And second, they are hoity-toity rascals who seem tell others: “Look, I don’t care whether you can read my handwriting or not. I am just too busy to be bothered by that. I have no time for you.” Such writers seldom take full responsibility for things going wrong in their lives.
Let me explain. Many people scribble on their credit card charge-slips so that it could never be proven they made the purchases. Also, such individuals are too busy for themselves. They seldom finish their tasks and blame others for the delay. Scribbling also indicates that the writer is always in a hurry and therefore he is prone to making mistakes.
If you have this type of signature, write your full name. It may slow you down a bit, but you will finish every thing you do.
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