17 Amazing Things Your Signature Says About You

Big or small, messy or neat, your Hancock is full of secrets.

17 Amazing Things Your Signature Says About You

You might think of it as little more than a line of ink, but a signature can actually reveal a whole lot about the person writing it. Think, for a second, about what a signature really is: A statement, repeated and refined over decades, that, in one quick stroke, serves as a one-of-a-kind representation of an individual. It binds you to legal documents. It authorizes your purchases. In other words, it's yours—and that means more than you'd think.

Is yours big or small? Messy or neat? Do you sign in the center of the dotted line, or a little bit to the right (or left)? Do you capitalize some letters and not others? Dot your Is? Cross your Ts? Well, all of that stuff can offer a major glimpse into who you are. Here, straight from handwriting analysts, are all the ways your Hancock is a transparent pane into your personality.

A straight signature: You have an even-tempered personality. 

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If your signature is easy-to-read and straight, you're a "balanced and even-tempered person," according to handwriting analysts. For example, Bill Gates matches this signature style (though his capital letters also reveal a sense of confidence).

A short signature: You're impatient.

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If your letters that make up your name are close together and create a short signature, it's believed to be because you are reactive, impatient, and have weak concentration. Analysts maintain that it's the sign of someone who is itching to move on to something else—and does not even have the attention span to finish writing their name.

Initials only: You're extremely private.

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Which is interesting because Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who basically created a world of oversharing, only signs with his initials, too. However, Zuckerberg's signature is also completely capitalized, which suggests confidence and high self-esteem. Our signatures are multifaceted, just like us.

Small font size: You have self-esteem issues.

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The size of your signature matters. It indicates a lot about how you feel about yourself and the world around you. For example, large signatures show a sense of high status. Medium-sized writing, however, reveals a balance of modesty and value. And finally, small writing might indicate lower self-esteem.

Illegible text: You're arrogant.

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You might think legibility has to do with how quickly we are signing our names, but this is not the case. It is actually an intentional choice. A clear and complete signature shows a person who is open and straightforward and willing to share who they are with others. A writer of a consistently illegible signature, however, may also reveal a person with a level of self-importance and arrogance.

Underlined text: You lack confidence.

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Embellishments to your writing reveal a lot about who you are. For example, underlining may indicate a need for responsibility and importance. It also shows a lack of self-confidence and a need for status and recognition. Embellishments matter because these are deliberate attempts to adorn what is already apparent and draw further attention to it—so the things you choose to draw attention to are often revealing about who you are.

Downward slants: You're a pessimist.


Much like a frown face, a signature that slopes downward reveals a sense of pessimism toward the world around you. Not only that, it may suggest a person who is cautious in meetings and gatherings—someone who tends to weigh the risks of your decisions before moving forward and acting.

Rightward slants: You're sociable.


Slanting does not always indicate something negative or sad. A slant to the right generally means that you have an outgoing persona. You're bubbly. A slant to the left, however, shows that someone does not push themselves forward.

Large capital letters: You're proud.

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Big letters mean big self-esteem. Besides confidence, large capital letters throughout a signature also indicate that the signer has a strong sense of self-worth. Former President Barack Obama signed with large capital letters, with an incredibly strong start to his signature. He aimed to make sure his presence was felt.

A period: You're a titan of industry.

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Apparently, this is supposed to be the sign of a strong business leader. Microsoft's Satya Nadella signs off with a period. However, he also omits his last name, which implies he takes a relaxed approach to his business. Call it balanced leadership.

Upward slant: You live in the future.

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Steve Jobs' signature slanted upwards, reflecting his ambition and his tendency to look forward towards the future. Jobs' signature also has a slashed dot "i" and sharp lines, which betrayed his impatience and aggression.

Non-underlined text: You feel no need to embellish.

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Like Apple's Tim Cook, a lack of underline means that you aren't trying to draw extra attention to your name; your personal achievements speak for themselves. Underlining, on the other hand, reveals the opposite—a person eager to emphasize what they've accomplished.

You sign with a nickname: You're fiercely independent.

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Apple's Steve Wozniak signs off with a simple "Woz," his nickname. A nickname signature reveals someone with an independent streak, and a confidence in their own abilities. Wozniak's signature also slants upwards, showing his abundance of self-esteem.

No dots on "I"s: You think holistically.

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Careless mistake? It might be something deeper. A Missing i-dot (formally known as a tittle) actually reveals someone who tends to focus on the bigger picture and not on all of those nitty, gritty details. HP's William Hewlett's signature, for example, has no tittle.

Illegible letters: Your mind moves quickly.

Scrawled letters are not necessarily the sign of someone sloppy—but of someone who works quickly and moves on to the next project. Someone looking at Tim Cook's signature could be forgiven for not realizing it's his, but that's okay because these illegible letters are a further testament to his agile mind. Messy writers, rejoice!

The last name is more legible than the first: You hold back.


This shows someone who is reserved and cautious. They want to hold back on being familiar with others until they get to know them better. However, if it's a more legible first name? This means that the writer is approachable, direct, and friendly.

You sign in the middle of the line: You're self-important.

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The placement of one's signature says a lot about what's going on in your head. For example, a signature to the left shows someone who, in public, might seem to be withdrawing to the future and clinging to the past. A middle signature? This is a show of self-importance. And a signature to the right is someone who is forward-looking and natural.

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