Emotional instability: Where it shows up in your handwriting


Generally speaking, emotional instability refers to speedy, and often exaggerated mood changes, reflected by strong show of feelings and emotions, such as temper, extreme irritability and unmanageable crying or laughing. In other words, a person is emotionally imbalanced when he usually blows things out of proportion.

For example, an emotionally unstable person often cries even when there is no reason to be unhappy. It’s beyond their control to control the sudden surge of emotions, which cause them to behave in an out-of-the-blue manner.

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Three behaviour characteristics are commonly considered in defining emotional instability:

  • Distress of the person himself
  • Disturbance caused in other people’s lives by his own distress
  • Handicaps faced by the person in organising his own life

Emotional Instability: Handwriting Clues

The biggest clue to emotional instability as revealed by writing is rhythmic disturbance. Simply speaking, rhythm is a balance between the contracting and releasing qualities of the writing.

According to graphology, even after it is established there are anomalies in the rhythm, it is still necessary to support this with several other signs of instability. The more signs one can able to find within a handwriting sample, the more extreme are the indications of emotional problems.

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3 Key Signs of Emotional Instability in Handwriting

Retouching letters: According to handwriting analysis, If someone frequently touches up certain handwriting stokes, it points to the writer’s uncertainty, lack of confidence, nervousness and anxiety.

Shakiness in writing: Quivers in handwriting indicates fatigue, dependency, weakness and passivity. Emotional instability becomes pronounced all the more if shakiness in handwriting co-exists with an extreme right slant.

Zonal asymmetry: In a balanced handwriting sample, all three zones — top, middle and lower — have to be formed with a sense of symmetry. If any of them is more prominent or depressed, it shows that the writer lacks harmony in three basic areas of ego development. For example, if the upper-zone letters are inflated, it shows that the writer indulges in delusional thinking dominated by fantasy and illusion, with no grasp whatsoever of reality.

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