Handwriting in all capital (ALL CAPS) letters: Why people write in BLOCK letters


What are block letters? When a person writes content on a page, in which the letters in the words are not cursive or joined, and the writing looks like print, then it’s called handwriting in block letters or all capital letters.

Handwriting in ALL CAPS

I often face these three questions on all-capital handwriting:

“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 analyze only the cursive handwriting.

Decoding ALL CAPS using handwriting zones:

In order to understand all caps writers, you must know 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 in all caps usually want to remain mysterious
People who write in all caps usually want to remain mysterious

Take a look at the picture below (Three zones of handwriting).

Three zones of handwriting
Three zones of handwriting

All the three zones can be found in a handwriting only when there is a mix of both capital and lower case letters.

But in ALL CAPS handwriting, we only have the middle zone; the other two are missing

(See the sample below).

It is those missing zones that make an all-caps writer different from a cursive writer.

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You may now ask what the missing zones indicate. Let me explain.

Handwriting in all caps

I had an ex-colleague who wrote in all caps. We worked together for about a year and we sat barely a couple of meters apart. 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.

So, here is the answer to what it really means if someone writes in ALL CAPS: these people do not like to disclose anything about themselves to others.

According to graphology, ALL CAPS writers 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.

ALL CAPS indicates mystery, concealing of emotions and ego

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 emphasize a lot on their day-to-day lives, rather than spending time planning their future.

I agree with what 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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