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30th March 2001 at 01:00
What does your writing say about you? Graphologist Elaine Quigley explains This wide script is spontaneous, but readably presented, showing a man who can operate naturally, but still be in control. The leftward slant shows independence and individuality, but the normally emotional influence that goes with this slant is sublimated, meaning Mr Wood is relaxed and responsive in company.

He values his own space and, though he appears confident, he isn't a "people" person. He shares things with those around him, but he has his own way of doing things. He is articulate. He doesn't jump straightin because he wants to suss everything out before he starts.

His strength emerges when he is challenged, and this is when he performs best. The rest of the time people see him as easy-going and flexible. Otherwise, he can under-perform and that makes him annoyed with himself. His core issue is anger, though he shows it rarely, when he is under a lot of stress and something small triggers it off. Once it is out of his system, he returns to his usual level-headed self.

His signature is strongly underlined, indicating that he stands his ground. The letters re fluid and the loop on the "d" stem shows his sensitivity to being questioned before he is ready to answer. He likes to take the initiative and make his mark, but is not really aggressive. The thread shape of some of the letters indicates that he can be manipulative, and insensitive, but he is usually diplomatic.

Alan Wood teaches humanities at Drayton Manor high school in Ealing, west London It's pretty accurate. What strikes me is the part where I value my own space. I am confident and can operate in company but I do prefer my own company. And I don't jump straight in - I usually stand on the sidelines before plunging in. I don't understand my core issue being anger. I don't think I've a short temper. I also wasn't sure of the word manipulative - if she'd said influential that would have been complimentary.

Elaine Quigley and Alan Wood were talking to Harvey McGavin. Does someone you know have unusual handwriting? Send an example - including signature - on unlined paper with contact details to Jill Craven, Friday magazine, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W1BX. You can email Elaine Quigley at

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