Handwriting analysis tips: 5 dangerous signature styles you must definitely avoid

June 14, 2009
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Normally, I desist 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.

It’s because handwriting shows how the person is, whereas signature reveals how he wants the world to see him. Hence, it is possible that a signature analysis in isolation can mislead me. In other words, a signature can portray a face about the writer, which may not be true at all.

However, signatures cannot be written off as unimportant because though they may not be adequate for the purpose of a complete handwriting analysis, they are a 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.

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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

So, in this article we will talk only about the covers i.e. signatures. There are many kinds — good and bad. I can’t discuss them all. Here, I will tell you about five kinds of signatures you must avoid. I will also tell you why and how to change your signature. If you find yours similar to any of them, change it immediately.

But before that, a few more words on signature analysis. Many of us chose our signatures when we were around 15 years of age. We liked a combination of strokes and decided that this is how our signatures should be; this is how we should appear to the world. All that is fine. No problem here. 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 a grown-up person, we now have many more responsibilities and at times we need a great deal of attitude adjustment to survive.

Signature sampleWhy you should change your signature

Let me explain: as a 15-year-old, many of my needs were being fulfilled by my parents. Whatever I needed, I was given. 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. Hence, if I choose to keep that attitude, I might lose friends.

Similarly, 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)

So, 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

Signature of a girl who committed suicideThis is one kind of signature which 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 suggesting self-hatredSignature 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. Because every time you do 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 it 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 of my name and a circle around it. Now, here is the problem. The stroke is not right. The circle, which kind of camouflages my first name, is self-limiting.

Camouflage SignatureSignature analysis says circles around the first name (see another example) shows the person gets very defensive in public and he is too protective about himself. Such writers have a problem making friends because they do not open up and are always scared of getting hurt.

They suspect the motives of people around them, which results in their social isolation. Consequently, they fail to become a part of the life around them.

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, Anil Ambani’s signature falls in this category. Read here)

3. Small signature

Small signature suggests low self-esteemA very small signature reflects lack of confidence to pull off day-to-day tasks. If  it 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

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.

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 into a conversation on his current business, but after a minute or two, he would again go back to the old one. I have a question for you. What do you think the businessman would have been doing while running that garment business? My guess is he would have spent 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

Scribbled SignatureThis is one of the most common signatures. Such writers are always in a hurry. 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 tell others: 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 total responsibility for things 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. If you have this type of signature, write your full name. It will slow you down a bit. But you will complete every thing you do.

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  • Imagineer

    The personal pronoun I. I’ve seen it in so many ways. As a circle (all mast (mother) and no boat (father), I’ve seen it as a flag with dipping sale and mounded boat…. but these classes only show the meaning of about a dozen “I”s.

  • Mohammed Rafique Ansari

    Dear Sir,My self (Mohammed Rafique Ansari) please suggest by astrological&atractive signature

  • Sneha Sonawane

    This is my signature sir, Please let me know do i need tochange it. I want to become administrative officer.

  • Sonali Suryakant Shinde

    Hello sir,this is my signature do tell me whether i need to do a change in it.i want to become an IAS officer.

    • Sneha Sonawane

      but given mobile no. can not connect….plz tell me another if possible…it’s very important for me..plz…

  • Megha

    hi… i wanna 2 know about my personality according to my signature. i hope you will give me a detail. i have send you my image of signature

    • http://www.facebook.com/dipesh.sharma3 Dipesh Sharma

      u r signatures reveal that u want to be into some artform..but u are unlucky not to get into it..

  • siddhi ahir

    Hello Vishwas, The information provided you in the article is very helpful and effective. I would like to get my signature analyse by you and would like to know the ways to improve it. I have attached the specimen of my signature for your reference.

    Thanking you ,
    Siddhi Ahir

  • shruti saini

    hi vishwas its a awesome job did by u, my name is shruti saini n signature below tell me about my career

  • http://www.facebook.com/dipesh.sharma3 Dipesh Sharma

    hmmm.u seem to be under lot of stress and u are feeling downtrodden and u lack self esteem…regds
    Dipesh
    9212426886

  • http://www.facebook.com/dipesh.sharma3 Dipesh Sharma

    reading that a lot of people want to change their signatures..I wud like to tell them that changing a signature is not easy to do as it will raise a conflict inside you and u may feel uneasy and also can make u fall ill..but yes after a period of turmoil u will feel a changed personality.
    Regds
    Dipesh
    vaniglobal@gmail.com
    09212426886

  • http://www.facebook.com/dipesh.sharma3 Dipesh Sharma

    Phaneesh r u into software or engineering..ur signs say so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dipesh.sharma3 Dipesh Sharma

    according to me a very complicated personality and wants to be an entreprenuer

  • http://www.facebook.com/dipesh.sharma3 Dipesh Sharma

    a quivery slant will depict the same if the illness is serious

  • T. M. Oakley

    I came across your site and I found it extremely interesting and informative, and I want to know more about what you or your constituents see in my professional signature. Below is my signature that I use on all documents unless my initials are only required in order to give my consent or confirmation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email.

  • sapan

    hello dipesh and vishwas,

    i usually use the first signature but sometimes i use the second one too,
    so can you pls tell me that which one would be more benificial for me or any other sign i have to create?? m in sales n i am trainer.

  • aditya patiyal

    Hi can u suggest if this sign is oki ???

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/ Write Choice

      Aditya, you come across as a very aggressive person, who often gets in unnecessary arguments. For more, you may get your handwriting analysed by Vishwas Heathhcliff

  • Sapna

    Hi Vishwas, my signature starts with small
    case, actually I don’t like my signature though i have signed in passport and others I am continuing this sign but I thought of changing it. So please let me know that the changes I have done is that ok?

  • Guest

    May I know my signature analysis….is it good or bad

  • http://www.facebook.com/90vinita Vinita V Kulkarni

    Let me know something abut mine too…..is it good or bad

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/ Write Choice

      This handwriting sample is unclear. Please post a scanned sample

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      Hello Vinita,

      Your signature indicates that you often bite more than you can chew. You come across as an open person but the truth is that you want to remain unknown to people around you. In other words, you carry an invisible protective gear around around you to safeguard yourself against emotional pain and troubles.

      You must consider bringing about a few changes in your signature as soon as possible. And please take a clear handwriting sample to the analyst. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/90vinita Vinita V Kulkarni

        I have been passionate about handwriting analysis since my school days…but never got a chance to do the course….I already knew that my signature is not that good but didn’t had a clear idea on how to change it ….Can u suggest in which way should??

  • Khemraj

    My name is Khemraj Prasad and this is my signature. Please let me know whether I should change my signature or not because I have heard that putting an oblique or a circle shows sign of struggle throughout the life.

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      Please avoid the circle around the first letter of your first name. For more changes, you may get your handwriting analysed

      • Khemraj

        So should I change my Signature? I didn’t understood of getting handwriting analyzed?

        • http://www.writechoice.co.in/ Write Choice

          Sir, that means you will have take an appointment with Mr Heathhcliff for complete analysis. For more details, write to info@writechoice.co.in

    • Ritesh Bhatt

      Hi, excellent post ,,, could you suggest me a change in my signature…. i have changed it a bit previously

      Ritesh Bhatt

  • S.Ramesh

    Hi Viswas, Superb Article. Really appreciated. One of my Astrologer Friend told me to change my signature in 1995. I obliged it and duly changed my signature. From then, my life has changed to a positive side. But in recent years, I am stagnated in my profession. Could you pls analyse my signature and advise me if any changes required. Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      You must change your signature.

      • S.Ramesh

        Thanks for your lightning response. Could you pls suggests me, in which part of the signature need to be changed. Pls advise. Thanks.

  • satvik jain

    This is my signature, please let me know what it reveals about me and what can i do to improve them.

  • Ramesh Lamba

    sir, please do analysis on my signature, and let me know nay improvement is required or not??????

  • Jayesh Rathod

    Hello sir

    Thanks you for posting such a valuable post and info.

    Could you please ref me changes in my sign.

    I am a engineer by profession

    Regards

    Jayesh Rathod

  • cheetahmarion

    what does a small very neat handwriting with long wide loops that the next line writes into also the words are a bit spaced from each other the signature is john which is is very large and rounded and crossed with a line from the inner part of the loop to the same length outside the loop, the person is a proffessor and surgeon

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      I think it would be great if you could share the handwriting sample with us.

  • Dinesh kotadiya

    Hello sir,

    My name is dinesh kotadiya from Ahmedabad Gujarat. Can you please analys my signature as attached. till date i am doing my short signature but now i want to change it pls find attached existing signature as well new signature with 4 option. so please suggest me which one new signature will be good for me.

    Thanking you

    Dinesh kotadiya

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      I suggest you take up the fourth one. But remove the two dots at the end of the underline.

      There are quite a few other changes required in your signature. For example, your t-bar needs to be straight.

      • Dinesh kotadiya

        Hello sir,
        Thanks for your valuable suggestion on my signature for changes. AS you have suggested i have change in my bank account with suggested forth option without 2 dots near to underline.
        Again thanks for your suggestion.

        Regards ,
        Dinesh kotadiya

  • http://www.facebook.com/pbskumar Sravan Kumar

    hello sir,
    thank you for your enlightening blog. could you please analyse my signature attached below.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pbskumar Sravan Kumar

      my full name is P. B. Sravan Kumar

  • ravi parekh

    Sir,

    I am a CA and my full name is Ravikumar Parekh but generally people call me Ravi. Is my sign proper ? kindly reply. Any changes are requirwd

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      I suggest you write your full name.

  • rajendra gs

    Hi Vishwas,
    I M Rajendra, I sent u my Name, Signature & How I write Numbers,
    Please analyse & Tell me what change should i do in my signature
    Thanks
    Rajendra

  • Sam

    Hi, this is sam here. Just read the article and found it very interesting. Please read mine :)

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      Very elegant signature. And a bit different as well. In your case, I would like to see more of your handwriting samples before giving any opinion.

  • Bhargavi S Vasan

    I am Bhargavi.S, 20 yrs old and want to pursue law as my profession. (Not as a practising lawyer but as a legal advisor in corporates). Pls advice on my signature. What does it say about me? Because I m in verge of changing it.

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      Hello Bhargavi,

      Your signature indicates your lack of faith in yourself. You frequently get bogged down by self-doubt.

      Just simplify your signature a bit, and enlarge the first letter.

      All the best!

  • Siddhant Sonkar

    Hi, my name is Siddhant Sonkar 20 yr old. Plz review my signature and its possible shortcomings and advice changes. Thank you.

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      Siddhant, I assume you are a student. Send an email to info@writechoice.co.in. We will advise you what to do with your signature. And because you are a student, you won’t be charged any money for it. Please send it quickly because your signature needs to be changed urgently.

      Take care

  • Aishwarya Pawar

    Hello Sir, i have been confused between two signatures of mine..the 1st one you see is the one i usually use. Would please read mine and see if its OK or do i need to make any changes. Thank you.

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      Hello Ms Pawar,

      I won’t recommend either of them to you.

  • Sunil Orpe

    Hello,
    I am Sunil Orpe, 36 years old.
    Can you please analyze my signature & advise ?
    I need to gain power, money & fame.
    Kindly guide.

  • Sweta Singh

    Dear Vishwas,

    Hope you doing well,and thanks fr enlightening us via this blog.
    I am Sweta Singh,I have done my MBA in HR and working in same field ,I have attached my signature plz analyze my signature and provide me with your valuable feedback.

    Thanks and Regards

    Sweta Singh

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

      Shweta, your handwriting indicates that you you procrastinate a lot. You delay things even when you known very well that you can do them on time.

      Suggestions:

      1. Stop using the underline in your signature.
      2. Make sure you place the t-bar evenly on the t-stem.

      All the best!

      • Sweta Singh

        Thanks for alot sir for ur valuable reply ,
        Sir what about the dots ?should I keep them.

        • http://www.writechoice.co.in/writechoice Vishwas Heathhcliff

          Get rid of them as well.

  • Sweta Singh

    and let me know what changes i have to make.

  • Guest

    Hello sir,

    My name is Parekh Preet from Bhavnagar Gujarat. Can you please
    analys my signature as attached. now i want to change it pls find attached existing signature as

    Is signature will be good for me?

    Thanking you

    Parekh Preet

  • Guest

    Hello sir,

    My name is Parekh Preet from Ahmedabad Gujarat. Can you please
    analys my signature as attached. well new signature with 4 option. so please suggest me which one new
    signature will be good for me.

    Thanking you

    Dinesh kotadiya

  • Parekh Preet

    Hello sir,

    My name is Parekh Preet from Ahmedabad Gujarat. Can you please
    analys my signature as attached. well new signature with 4 option. so please suggest me which one new
    signature will be good for me.

    Thx

  • Kaushik Makwana

    Dear Vishwas,

    Hope you doing well,and thanks fr enlightening us via this blog.
    I am Kaushik Makwana,I have done my MBA in HR & Finance and working in same field ,I have attached my signature plz analyze my signature and provide me with your valuable feedback.

    Thanks and Regards

  • Kaushik Makwana

    Hello Vishwas,

    Hope you doing well,and thanks fr enlightening us via this blog.
    I am Kaushik Makwana,I have done my MBA in HR & Finance and working in same field ,I have attached my signature plz analyze my signature and provide me with your valuable feedback.

    Thanks and Regards

  • pillaishyla

    Hello Sir..

    I would be very grateful if you can kindly tell what my signature indicates.

  • Sanjay Gupta

    Dear Sir,
    This is Sanjay Gupta.
    Will u please analyse and tell something about my Signature..???

  • Guest

    It Is overwhelming to see the active forum like this!
    I would appreciate if something about my personality traits. I am a Behavioral trainer and love participating in forums like this.

    Thanks

  • Guest

    It Is overwhelming to see the active forum like this!
    I would appreciate if something about my personality traits can be reveled via my signature . I am a Behavioral trainer and love participating in forums like this.

    Thanks

  • Deshpal Sharma

    Hey vishvas,

    how are you? can you please analyze my signatures.

  • sourabh

    sir please analyze my signature. Should i make some changes in my signature.

  • Akhil

    Sir I am working in a reputed govt organisation please analyse my signature

  • npl

    Hi, I was amazed by this article. However, I am worried about my signature. Can you please analyze my signature. Do I have to change anything from it?

    Thank you so much Sir.

  • Riddhi

    Hello Sir,
    I am Rupali Surendra Kajrolkar after marriage Riddhi Rahul Khamkar, 24 years old
    Can you please analyze my signature & advise ?

    Kindly guide.

  • Riddhi

    Hello Sir,
    I am Rupali Surendra Kajrolkar after marriage Riddhi Rahul Khamkar, 24 years old
    Can you please analyze my signature & advise ?

    Kindly guide.

  • pragnesh mehta

    hi
    i am pragnesh mehta please analyse my singe please send me the information on my email id pragnesh.mehta89@gmail.com

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/ Write Choice

      Mr Mehta, please send a bigger file of your signature to info@writechoice.co.in

  • Jayram shinde

    My name is Jayram Shinde and this is my signature. Please let me know whether I should change my signature or not because I have heard that putting an oblique or a circle shows sign of struggle throughout the life.

    • http://www.writechoice.co.in/ Write Choice

      You have heard it correct,sir, Circle around signatures is not considered good. It is self-limiting.

  • Prashant Pawar

    Hello Sir,

    I am Prashant Pawar. I have attached my signature plz analyze my signature and provide me with your valuable feedback. Hope you doing well,and thanks fr discus us via this blog.

    Thanks & Regards

    Prashant Pawar

  • http://www.11th-direction.com SAM

    Hi Viswas,
    Please find attached signature.
    I am using it since last 18 years.
    Currently I am 35 years old, Business person.
    Need your advice.
    SAMEER PAWAR

  • Sanjay Lokhande

    Hi Vishwas Sir,

    I am Sanjay Lokhande and I am working in IT Institute as an Accountant.
    I have attached my signature plz analyze my signature and provide me
    with your valuable feedback.

    Thanks and Regards

  • Nitin Mohta

    Hi Vishwas,

    I would like to appreciate your analysis and I found it very interesting.
    I am here with enclosing my signature. Kindly give your feedback regarding the meaning and the suggested changes that can be incorporated.

    My full name is Nitin Mohta, 25yrs and I am into Business.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Best Regards

    .

  • welcomepravin

    Dear Sir ,
    My name is Pravin Dasharath Desai. i am a Network administrator. I want a unique signature which can helpful for my Career Growth. Please Suggest.

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