Give us a hand

29th June 2001 at 01:00
What does your writing say about you? Elaine Quigley explains This writing shows a strong desire to work with people, to pass on information and to work within clearly defined routes. It also shows enthusiasm and impatience, discipline and a methodical approach.

There is some nervousness, perhaps reflecting a plan to change career. But there is also determination, shown in the script style, as well as a way of closing his eyes to what he doesn't want to see - shown by the loops inside the "o"s. Emotionally, he needs to interact and be close to those he works with.

Being a leader and responsible for decisions can be lonely and stressful. Maybe he has realised that he has had enough of this type of world and wants to get involved in what he sees as "reality", where he can make a personal difference to people.

The letters are fairly joined, with only a few breaks. This shows a single-minded approach to starting something and getting a result. He is perfectly capable of achieving his ambition, and the satisfaction of winning through will be so much greater, after the courage it has taken.

Peter Lane is about to give up his job as a director of an environmental consultancy to train as a maths teacher A lot of it is very accurate and there's nothing particularly wide of the mark.

Some of the responses repeat what I have heard myself saying over the past few months when people have asked me why I want to change career - about wanting to make a difference, to get involved in "reality".

Although I am moving from being manager of a business, where there are certain types of stress, to teaching, where there is a different kind, I think I can handle the change. I wasn't sure whether the comment about impatience was positive or negative, but I do have a desire to get things done. I suppose I do close my eyes to what I don't like because I prefer to see the good in things.

Elaine Quigley and Peter Lane were talking to Harvey McGavin. Does someone you know have unusual handwriting? Send an example - including signature - on unlined paper with a photograph and contact details to Jill Craven, Friday magazine, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX. You can email Elaine Quigley at

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