Give us a hand

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

The large signature shows that Carol Penney makes an effort in social situations. Not that she wants to run the show, but others will always listen to her.

The rich, black stroke indicates an earthy, sensual personality. Colour and visual memory are important to her. The way the ink floods within some of the ovals shows she is prone to stress. Releasing this clears her mind, but she prefers to do this through a demanding activity or something that channels energy productively.

Ms Penney is her own person, shown by the left slant and the leftward tendencies in the lower-case "d" and the lower zone. The large, arched hook indicates that she chooses to bury some emotional issues. She comes across as a confident, competent and sophisticated person. She has instinctive reactions, and knows what feels right or wrong.

She is loyal to people for whom she feels responsible but happy to do things her way. She needs privacy, but this is not obvious to others - her social skills help her appear outgoing. But even though the script is readable and disciplined, there are some indistinct letters that show she can skate over things.

When it matters though, she has a can-do attitude, and prefers getting rsults to talking. She enjoys what she does and tries to radiate a feeling of well-being.

Carol Penney is headteacher of Baytree special school in Weston-super-Mare I'd never heard my secretary swear, but when I showed her this she said:

"Bloody hell!" This is uncannily accurate. The first paragraph's right - I'm not an upfront person, I'm more of a facilitator. The earthy, sensual, colour aspects are all me. As for being prone to stress - who wouldn't be with all the pressures in education these days? I am a doer, and if I get stressed I will find a simple task like photocopying to give me back my confidence.

I come across as confident but in some situations I feel like a jelly inside. I enjoy what I do and have a positive attitude. I like to see solutions, not problems, and concentrate on what children can do, rather than what they can't.

I'm delighted with this - I did wonder how your writing could describe you, but it does .

Elaine Quigley and Carol Penney 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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