Emphasis

Free Article about Handwriting Analysis Initial emphasis Initial emphasis means exaggeration of the first stroke, letter or word either in size, height, pressure, or form.   Indicators of initial emphasis: Careful execution of all details of the letter. Embellishment of initial letters, words, or strokes. Exaggeratedly high first strokes in capital letters. An exaggeratedly high first stroke in capitals is one of the indicators of an authoritarian personality. Exaggeratedly high capital letters.         Since handwriting is being experienced as “standing,” the tendency to enlarge initial letters “expresses the writer’s preference for dominating forms. This, in turn, says Klages, “is rooted in his self-feelings. Exaggeratedly high initial letters manifest a desire for superiority, a need for greatness. Preyer explains that disproportionate initial height exposes immoderate requests on the part of the writer. Whether in a conversation or a speech he will make excessive demands on others’ time and will always put his own concerns first. Klages theorizes that capitals increasing in height show ambition. This, of course, is in keeping with the interpretation of “looking up,” since to the ambitious person the desired goal seems “higher upon “lofty,” or “elevated.” Extreme narrowness in very tall capitals reveals exaggerated sensitiveness because of unsatisfied needs for recognition.   Mendel speaks of “social timidity, professional jealousy, ambition without adequate imagination, sobriety, coolness” and “rigor.” (Personality in Handwriting, New York 1975, p. 160) Exaggeratedly wide capitals To compensate for strong insecurities, these writers may put up a front of arrogance. In relationships, the can be rude and impertinent. Extremely vulnerable to criticism, they may try keep themselves from losing face by resorting to subterfuge or...