What Does Your Handwriting Say About You

There’s a reason why John Hancock’s name is synonymous for a person’s signature. Remembered for his florid and prominent autograph on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the Patriot’s handwriting revealed concrete clues into his personality—he was bold, passionate and assertive.

Graphology, the practice of inferring someone’s traits, abilities or attitudes from their writing style, has been a subject of study and fascination for years. It may be written on pieces of paper or scribbled on napkins, but your handwriting truly speaks volumes. So, what does your handwriting really say about you?

Target hopes to shed some insight into that quirky question at TED2014, TED’s 30th anniversary conference happening this week in Vancouver, Canada.

The Bullseye’s interactive social space at the conference—a relaxing spot for minds to mingle between talks—brings together several graphologists from around the world. These onsite experts will analyze TEDsters’ handwriting and help uncover their type of design personality.

Target's space at TED2014. Photo credit: TED's Flickr

Target’s space at TED2014. Photo credit: TED’s Flickr

If you’re not in Vancouver this week, you can still seek insight into your script style. Below, Sheila Lowe—president of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF) and one of Target’s analysts at TED—shares a few findings about the art of analyzing writing and what it can reveal about you.

 

Handwriting Infographic

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