I have bad & ugly handwriting, what does it say about me?

“I don’t have a bad handwriting: I have my own font.”

Many people whose handwriting is ugly or unattractive say that on a lighter note. But deep down they feel bad about the way their handwriting looks. As a handwriting analyst, I know people who have refrained from showing me their handwriting because they think it looks “atrocious”.

It is true that some handwriting samples do not look attractive, but their lack of beauty does not reflect on those who write them.

Girl's Handwriting

In other words, just because a handwriting looks unappealing it does not always mean that the writer is an unimpressive person with some serious personality faults. Likewise, a beautiful handwriting does not necessarily mean that the writer’s personality is flawless.

On the contrary, many writers with unattractive handwriting are found to be very interesting personalities. But that is again a generalisation; many aspects of a handwriting sample are taken into account before arriving at a conclusion about the writer’s personality.

Ugly handwriting
Example of ugly handwriting

So, if you have an ugly handwriting that does not follow any style of calligraphy, and you are filled with feelings of inferiority when you look at someone’s beautiful handwriting, read on.

In graphology, we see an ugly handwriting a little differently. A handwriting often tends to become unattractive because the writer’s hand fails to co-ordinate between rhythm and form. In other words, a bad handwriting has several inconsistencies in terms of rhythm, size, form and pressure.

I know several people who were made to feel bad about themselves just because their handwriting was not beautiful. I discovered that in most cases, the negative comments about handwriting came from their school teachers.

Even as you read this, many teachers would be doing this terrible disservice to several young minds. And why blame only them. When I was a teenager, even I used to make fun of my younger sister’s handwriting. Not that my own handwriting looked outstanding.

If you hear someone apologising about his messy handwriting, you may assume that they were made to feel guilty about its lack of neatness.

Not many people know that negative comments on handwriting indeed affect children’s impressionable minds. A teacher or a guardian should refrain from making damaging remarks, and sympathetically start finding about why the child is unable to maintain rhythm in his handwriting. It usually happens because of some issues the child is facing.

So, does the lack of rhythm in handwriting mean that the writer is a total disaster? The answer is: Not entirely.

What appears ugliness to the untrained eye could mean according to handwriting analysis that the writer is original and independent. The writer deviates from copybook style of writing and develops one of his own. It could also mean that the writer is a creative person who thinks out of the box. He does not like to be shackled by the rules of society, and he often attempts to break them.

Let’s see now the ugly sides of an ugly handwriting:

Lack of form and rhythm could also be indicative of emotional volatility, feelings of insecurity and poor self-esteem. An unattractive handwriting could also point to the fact that the writer has a bad temper and he had a troubled past. In fact, it could also mean that he is still haunted by some unpleasant memories.

If you have an ugly handwriting and you feel you are unlucky, hold on. Allow me to tell the story of J. Paul Getty.

Getty was an American industrialist. He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 Fortune magazine named him the richest living American, whilst the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world’s richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1.2 billion. At his death, he was worth more than $2 billion.

The long and the short of it is that Getty was an achiever. But take a look at his handwriting:

J. Paul Getty's handwriting
J. Paul Getty’s handwriting

The same goes for Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud who was known as the founding father of psychoanalysis. His handwriting is equally bad.

Sigmund Freud's handwriting
Sigmund Freud’s handwriting

Clearly, the two stalwarts had terrible handwriting. Nevertheless they achieved a great deal in their lives. In fact, Getty and Freud are not the only famous ones with bad handwriting: there are many others.

The bottom line: no need to get worried if you have an unattractive handwriting. It’s not the end of the world. Still, if you have any concerns, learn more about your own handwriting.

  • Shruti

    This is so nice to know. I have been crticized for my hadnwriting so many times that I wondered if it meant there was something wrong with me. Thanks!

  • Streby

    Gosh I get so many mean comments about my handwriting! I hope people have time to read the content before judging!

  • sahar

    i have a very bad hand writing but u will be shock to knw that i m very good at calligraphy..usually teachers or staff take my help to write in calligraphy on certificates but..when i write normallly or on notebooks or during exam,i can’t do calligraphy at that time as it takes time and patience which we cant apply and take risk during exam,…so my normal handwriting is very very bad..i m also confused ..can u explain about this..

    • Slice of Pi

      Rather normal, actually. Calligraphy is a kind of art, and involves writing in a particular way to achieve it. I know several people with terrible handwriting who are great at calligraphy
      It’s completely normal, don’t be worried..

  • Al

    The very first example looks EXACTLY like my own handwriting. I stopped writing in cursive as I aged because my print is much more legible, despite being equally poor.

    In fifth grade I recall my teacher forcing me to come in during recess and do practice books to improve my handwriting. It never did any good and no matter how hard I tried, I could never make a significant improvement. All I care about now is that people can read my print.

  • MJ12

    I’ve noticed that my handwriting has gotten worse with age. Until recently I thought it was dysgraphia, but I’m not so sure about that anymore. I don’t have any of the accompanying symptoms of dysgraphia. When I pick up a pencil, it seems like it almost has a mind of it’s own… very frustrating. I have to avoid writing when someone is watching.

  • Chris Kossnar

    I’ve always had terrible handwriting, to the point that I can’t read what I’ve written a lot of times. Very frustrating. I don’t think I have Dysgraphia, too many of the symptoms do not match, but something is definitely going on. Early in adulthood I started writing only in print, capitol letters, so it would be more legible. It’s still not legible. I’ve noticed that sometimes I switch between upper & lower case, randomly. Often in the same sentence. I have no idea why, or what it means. In order to write “well”, I have to go R E A L S L O W. Which is not practical.