Give us a hand

16th February 2001 at 00:00
What does your writing say about you? Graphologist Elaine Quigley explains

This is an elegant and careful script. This woman is aware that presentation indicates the person and has created a professional style.

The signature is the face the writer presents to the world. In this case, it is larger than the text and a little tighter. It is clear that she doesn't rush into the fray, but prepares herself. The full stop after the name is indicative of a person who likes to be in charge. She invites those she wants to come closer, but doesn't like people taking liberties.

The upward sloping lines and large middle zone show her positive, confident approach. In her specialist area, she is convincing and dominant, not bossy, but strong enough to make it obvious that she knows what she wants.

The strongly developed "t" bars that go across the word indicate that sorting out a problem is always undertaken with energy. The script is a combination of angle (pointed tops like a triangle) and garland, (m, n and h like cups) meaning head and heart are often in competition. But it is evident that she will pt her duty before her inclinations.

She likes a high profile, but also wants the independence to make decisions to suit herself. She uses her intuition to make decisions but can be objective. Give her a heavy workload and a deadline and she can find a way to do it, even if it looks impossible at first.

Helen Perks is head of music at Holy Trinity school, Kidderminster, Worcestershire Most of it is very accurate. I was taught to write copperplate but when I did A-levels it took me so long to write anything that I had to change. I am quite impulsive but always prepare well - I've always been a bit of a workaholic. I would say the bit about being dominant but not bossy is true. As a head of music you have got to be used to heavy workloads and deadlines.

Elaine Quigley and Helen Perks were talking to Harvey McGavin. Does someone you know have unusual handwriting? Send an example - including his or her signature - on unlined paper with 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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