Give us a hand

19th January 2001 at 00:00
What does your writing say about you? Graphologist Elaine Quigley explains The delicate and varied stroke pattern indicates an intuitive yet logical personality. The loosely formed, difficult-to-read script shows his imagination is directed more towards objects than people. The middle zone of the script - the area that denotes connection with others on the practical level - is not particularly structured.

The signature is also fairly brief, but is underlined so, though the writer doesn't want to express feelings or give away too much, he does want to be noted as someone who expects to get what he wants.

The left margin is linked to a writer's sense of balance and stability. It has a straight edge in this case, which is positive, but it moves rightwards as it goes down the page, showing impatience to see results.

He is competitive, as already seen in the signature, and this is backed up with the large capital letters. Long t-bars show tat the writer has a message to convey. In this case, the message will be what he wants done. He likes to be surrounded by quick thinkers like himself.

He improvises and knows how to use others, but is successful because he uses his ingenuity to get what he wants.

Tim Brighouse is chief education officer for Birmingham Of course I disagree at the margins, but the analysis appears alarmingly and chasteningly accurate. It confirms what I most feared about myself, namely that my colleagues are unerringly right when they have criticised me, and that Birmingham's success lies in the amazing efforts of others - and its failings are making a noise at my door.

Elaine Quigley and Tim Brighouse were talking to Harvey McGavin. Does someone you know have unusual handwriting? Send an example - with their signature - on unlined paper with contact details to Jill Craven, Friday magazine, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now