Handwriting in all capital: Why people write in block letters

August 8, 2011
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I often face these three questions: Can you analyse handwriting in all caps? What does it mean if someone writes in all caps? Why do some people write in all caps? Before I answer, I must add that if a person has both cursive and all-caps handwriting, we will analyse only the former.

In order to understand all caps writers well, I need to tell you about handwriting zones. Handwriting is divided into three zones. Each zone is significant and it reveals something about the personality traits of the writer.

People who write all caps do not want others to know much about themselvesAlthough I cannot discuss in detail here what the three zones in handwriting stand for, the picture below makes it clear that all the three zones can be found in a handwriting only when there is a mix of both all caps and lower case letters.

But in all caps handwriting, the writer shows only the middle zone; the other two are missing (See the sample below). It is those missing zones that make an all-caps writer different. Now, you may ask what the missing zones indicate.

Three zones of handwriting

I will tell you about an ex-colleague who wrote in all caps. We worked together for about a year and we sat barely a couple of meters away from each other. But beyond his name and the fact that he worked there, I did not know anything about him. I still don’t. In fact, most people on the team thought the same about him.

Handwriting in all caps

So, here is the answer to what does it mean if someone writes in all caps: these people do not like to disclose anything about themselves to others. They are uncomfortable talking about their personal lives — at least in interpersonal relationships. They do not want others to know about themselves. Often, such writers do not express their emotions in public.

Usually, all-caps handwriting lacks connection between letters, which indicates that the writer does not like to relate to people at a personal level. Also, such writers are quite egotistic. They hold strong opinions and it’s very tough to get  them to see another point of view. They emphasise a lot on their day-to-day lives, rather than spending some time planning their future.

I agree with what famous American graphologist Sheila Lowe says about all caps or print writers: “The writer’s [Block printer] energies are concentrated in the day-to-day area of routine and social interaction… her ego is central to all aspects of her life. She does not mind sharing her opinions, and expects you to agree with her. But if you don’t, it won’t change her mind.”

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  • Zen

    I write notes in all caps, it’s simply because if I write them in my normal hand writing i cant read them afterwards

  • LC

    Writing in caps may be more related to habits formed in particular fields of work over time. My father writes in all caps – he was an engineer. I write in all caps (except my signature) probably because I am a horticulturist focused on landscape design. I work with blueprints just like my father did. Before college I always wrote in cursive.

    I’ve discussed this with others I work with. These are a fun, outgoing, social, creative people. Some mentioned their cursive was deplorable and clarity in communication had become paramount.

  • savannah

    lol ya i write in all caps when handwriting something, i can relate to some of these personality traits. cool article :)

  • Rachel

    That is so not true LOL, I’m a 1/2 filipino and unless they LEARNED it that way to be understood more clearly by whoever told them so is absurd. My grandmother who is full blood filipino wrote in that D’Nealian script cursive type of alphabet. I call it very illierate writing today but she wasn’t. She was a grade school teacher in Manila before my grandfather (who was filipino and a US citizen by that time flew her into the states.) Her old school handwriting began that way because she liked the look of the cursive homework of my mother (her daughter) and her siblings. I figured it was my grandmother’s way of being ‘accepted’ in a very racist society at that time in the early 60s/70s. My stubborn grandmother finally resorted to the manual typewriter because she eventually hated handwriting anything and today, even my mother can’t stand handwriting anything if a laptop with a printer can do it for her lol.

    I did notice a DISTINCT characteristic of old school filipinos in their age group, it was too neat and showed all the modesty, low self esteem, lack of confidence they all suffered in all their handwriting samples I seen. Again, with vietnam and the cold war were not kind to those people in the pacific rim.

    Today, my mother and I are totally different from her parents of course. She’s all about arcades, single stroked I’s, very fluid and flowy. My mom is cool. Unlike how fake/stuffy my grandparents and distant relative aunts and uncles were.

    Also, last comment about the CAPS handwriter. Maybe you might recognize the ‘filipinos’ you know who you claim all write in CAPS lmao) This is a true story. I knew such a man, caucasion from Detroit LOL who wrote all CAPS. It disturbed me that he wrote with a far right slant, and heavy pressure. I thought it was odd but I dismissed it as him just being quirky all right. As I got to know him and we evenutally moved in together, that charm turned into brooding hot tempered guy. Privately he was a substrance abuser. (“I’m a social drinker, I have it all under control!”, he’d say. NOT!), behind closed doors sure he was very quiet, but with every quiet substance abuser, he was an A-hole. Disagreeing with him was like walking on egg shells. He was a total manipulator, emotional blackmailer, see the story above of the girl who killed herself if you don’t do what they say/ask). Well one year, he beat me up twice for disagreeing with him. When I came to to call the police the first time, he turned on the charm to a female cop and they TOOK ME TO JAIL. The 2nd time he punched my right cheek so hard with his fist, he was centimeters away from my eyeball. He didn’t apologize until I was trying to look for the phone to call the police. Needless to say, I didn’t get a chance to call the police but I eventually divorced him later that year. He was very emotionally abusive but nobody would have guessed that since as he was very professional, personable. It helped him I was extremely shy around people. I believe CAP writers turn on the charm, part of their deceit act. He also murdered his father for the insurance money but of course his mother and I am the only one who knew that.

    Anyway, good luck to all who lives with anybody who writes CAPS lol, they’re always hiding something evil and you may never ever know about it until it’s too late!

  • Rachel

    Replied. See my answer above, Rachel.

  • K dot

    Hey found out something new about myself. Thats awesome,im egotistical,unemtional, and i dont like to open up to people,but its kinda scary my handwriting subliminally tells so much about me

  • john skillen.

    I write in all caps but they are linked together in each word. I’m very sociable I never shut up on the social media websites and not afraid to show my emotions. I think the way i write started when i had to fill forms in for the army. I tried uploading a sample but your page is having problems. I’m embarrassed about my writing. Whenever i try to write normal it looks like a childs handwriting, but i suppose its better than all caps.

  • shell hunter

    Vishwas, in our analysis of your website pages we have discovered your hidden traits, motives and desires. Your smiling face photo, for example, its rectangular, close-to-square framing and yellow color are quite indicative. So is the picture placement above left with the title words “Meet the author” (lacking the capitalisation of the title word Author). These are important details that describe your inner personality and actions. We noticed your head is chopped by the picture framing and tipped slightly to the left…. The color, font, and rather extreme word choice of the menu bar and sub menu bar items have all been taken into account, along with telling trait that the sub menu bar titles are capital letters! We could go on and on, but for brevity will close here. We wish you luck!

  • tina

    my father writes in all caps and also hesitates to write most of the time.Its all caps and also illegible..

    I love my dad BUT he is a player.his public life is a mystery.He is 61 and I am his 31 yrd old daughter.So thats a loooooonnnggg time.

    He tries his chance with every woman he meets…cheats constantly.He took my husband to his girlfriend(aunty’s) place.He finances my greedy husband behind my back and doesnt even tell my mom or me.

    It all about his work and his physical pleasure…food (he hates sharing it) , he visits clubs and flirts with my teacher /friends…

    A CAPS man’s daughter …howazzzat!!!!

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

      That’s an interesting revelation, Tina. Do consider sharing his handwriting sample with us on the website.

      All caps writers can really surprise you with the secrets in their closet!

  • benque

    I’ve written in all caps all my adult life and pretty much everything written in this article couldn’t be further away from the truth.

    Same goes for the only other person I know who writes in all caps is simi

  • Klapaucius5691

    Before I was 18 years old, I wrote in lower case like the average person. When I joined the military at 18, we had to write a lot in all caps. I ended up only writing in all caps since I had no other reason to write in lower caps. I got out after five years and the habit stuck to the point where trying to write in lower case just feels weird and uncomfortable. I only write in all caps to this day almost 10 years after I left the military.

  • HappyAsALark

    i write in all caps because i think my cursive is ugly. when i write in upper/lower case it just doesn’t look clean and neat and i’m on the ocd side about cleaning.

  • Christopher

    I’ve picked up this habit over the past few years. Im an artist/designer and All caps just looks cleaner and more artsy, bolder, plus you can’t misinterpret what I write in all caps. I think my design ocd has led me down this path. I can’t stand trying to make out some sloppy cursive ish.

  • K240

    This seems a bit like astrology. Describe character traits and link
    them to something…. and you’ll get a host of people going “omg, that’s
    so me/person-I-know that also does that thing”. It will seem like it
    gives the analysis some credence, but it’s just a self-reinforcing
    fallacy.

    People write in all capital letters for a variety of
    reasons. I have known many people who are in the sciences/engineering
    who do so because of the need for clarity, or because it is standard
    when working with blueprints or other official materials.

    Personally,
    I write in all caps because I have a hand tremor that makes my lower
    case print (and especially my cursive) very hard for others to read.
    Writing in all capitals allows me to write a little more slowly and
    better control each letter, for some reason.

    (and no, to those
    who are about to write “all caps is rude like shouting”… we are
    talking about HANDwriting here, not typing online)

    If you were to
    print an analysis saying that people who write in all capitals are
    “deep feeling people, who care a great deal about those around them, and
    are generally trustworthy and honest” you’d probably have just as many
    people answering with “my friend writes in all capitals and that
    describes her perfectly! thank you!”.

    • reallyerica

      Maybe this doesn’t apply to you because all-caps writing is not the way you would naturally choose to write? After all, It does say in the first paragraph that if a person writes in both cursive and all-caps, only the cursive would be analyzed. And claiming to be able to tell one aspect of a person’s personality (that they are not comfortable or inclined to share their personal or intimate thoughts or feelings with others) based on the way they express themselves seems quite different to me than astrology!

  • Lizzy

    Beauty! what a perfect explanation! i know two very close people who write in all capital. despite being so close it is so much difficult for me to understand them or know what they think! loved this article!

  • Rajesh

    wow! that perfectly explains my uncle’s attitude. he seldom changes his mind. great article indeed!

  • JOHN

    I HAVE BEEN WRITING AND TYPING ALL CAP SINCE MIDDLE SCHOOL
    AND DON’T HAVE ANY PLANS IN EVER DOING DIFFERENT. I DO PLAN MY LIFE AHEAD AND DON’T BELIEVE IN JUST ONE DAY AT A TIME.

    • pizzaburgernecrophage

      HELL YEAH! I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND WHERE YOUR COMING FROM. GRAMMAR’S INTENT IS IRRELEVANT.
      HOW COME WE BE CARIN ANY WAY :)

  • Jessica

    writing in caps is different than being a douchebag and typing in all caps.

  • reallyerica

    Many of you have commented here about *why* you write in all caps…but this article is not about why a person writes the way they do. It’s about what their writing style reveals about their personality. I’m curious, do you find the personality descriptions in the article generally do apply to you? I am not at all an all-caps girl, but I am married to an all-caps guy. It is absolutely true that he is not one to share his emotions and/or personal struggles with people–nor does he really care to get into a conversation about yours. He’s truly a friendly, personable, and super-intelligent guy, but not at all the “open book” that I am!

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

      Thanks for your comment. It would be great if you share some more details about the personality of your husband.

      • reallyerica

        Well, like I said, I’m an open book–so what do you want to know? ;-)

  • Stacelings

    I write in all caps. I am considered very talkative and outgoing. I literally strike up conversations with strangers daily. However, I am cautious about getting overly involved or trusting people I just met. I have very strong opinions and a very strong point of view. I have to watch my approach or I can come off as intimidating. So, I can see how the personality traits could apply. I started writing in caps during art school because it is consistent on the page – and just never went back. I wouldn’t say I have something to hide but I don’t offer up every bit of information about myself because I think – who really cares? I find other people more interesting. But if you ask me any question, I will answer it truthfully. So take it for what you will but I think in the case of all caps writers, these few traits are too general.

  • roxithefox

    I think that the description above is somewhat accurate. I would also say that people who write in Caps are insecure about their writing and spelling and perhaps think that by writing in caps it will help conceal their mistakes. I personally find it rude, aggressive and a little ignorant on the part of the writer who writes in CAPS. It may convey that the person who is writing is very irritated and since he can’t literally shout, he writes all in CAPS. An illustrious, well educated person hardly ever writes all in caps. There is just something about writing in CAPS that an English or language teacher knows is not right. There is more to the definition above.

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

      Point well made! Thanks

  • Jimmy

    I write in all caps purely because if i don’t my writing appears scrawly and difficult to read

  • Eric

    I write with a mixture of upper and lower case letters, noticing that I tend to capitalize hard-sounding lettings like R and D. But instead of being “egotistic” (strange that this word isn’t written out fully, as “egotistical”) maybe the better word is egoistic. I am always willing to abandon an idea if it’s proven wrong, and I actively encourage others doing this, and if I am “set” in an idea, it’s usually because I have contemplated it and have reasoned it out to be the most true way to look at it, not because I’m stubborn and refuse to change my mind. Handwriting, at the end of the day, is more akin to divination than it is forensics, so I give it the appropriate grain of salt.

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

      Hello Eric,

      This article was not about people who write with a mixture of upper and lower case letters. It is one thing to use capitals to underscore a specific point in handwriting, and another to use all-caps for all purposes.

      • Eric

        Thanks for letting me know. I understand, but I still gleaned unseful/fun info from it.

  • Susan Reeves

    I write with all capital letters, I have for years. I find this to be much more neater and understandable.
    But I only use capitals when I am writing by hand. When I am on the computer, as you can see, I write with both upper and lower case letters.
    If I was to write like I do with my signature, no one shall understand it at all…lol
    I just completed an English exam as a prerequisite for a course and scored 91%. The professor never said a thing about me writing all in capital letter’s,
    This analysis rings somewhat true. I am a very difficult person to get to know, I have been that way since I can remember.

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