Handwriting

Ellen DeGeneres Is Generous: Her Name and Signature Say it All

Annette Poizner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

Recently, Ellen DeGeneres gave a $10,000 gift to a waitress who treated two National Guard soldiers to their lunch. This act was yet another example of Ellen's generosity, standing alongside the dozens of causes to which she lends her name. Speaking of which, psychological researchers might find a clue to her generosity in her name.

Can Joan Rivers' Signature Help Us Understand the Separatists?

Annette Poizner | Posted 12.05.2013 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

As a psychotherapist, I'm always intrigued by the question of what makes people tick. It's always most important to listen and to ask, but the truth is that people tell a lot about themselves indirectly. Two signatures -- Joan Rivers' and that of former Bloc Québecois leader Gilles Duceppe -- gave me food for thought, as I pondered the psychology of the Separatist.

What Paula Deen's Handwriting Teaches Us

Annette Poizner | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada
Annette Poizner

Paula Deen has admitted to using language that most would call racist, and now her world has officially turned upside down. As a graphologist, I'm intrigued by what we might learn about people by taking a look at their handwriting. Paula Deen is an interesting case in point.

How Lance Armstrong's Signature Should Have Tipped Us Off

Annette Poizner | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

As a therapist who looks at the handwriting of psychotherapy clients in a quest to understand something of the mysterious realm of self and soul, I turned to handwriting in order to better understand Lance Armstrong and his current situation.

Barbra Streisand's Signature: The Mark of Success

Annette Poizner | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

I'm a graphologist and a clinician; I tend to get to know a little bit about people by peering at their handwriting. Looking at Barbara Streisand's signature, we do find the theme of duality. Barbra's first name (representing the private self) is scripted in one style of writing whereas her last name (representing her professional self) is scripted in a completely different style of writing.

Does Katie Couric's Signature Reveal Her Eating Disorder?

Annette Poizner | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

Note how she loyally reproduces the copybook script she learned in school and, in so doing, shows us that, first and foremost, she values fitting in. Such writers, amiable and good-natured, easily lapse into people-pleasing. And they often harbor secret self-negating habits designed to help them keep insecurities at bay.

What an Athlete's Signature Says About Olympic Psychology

Annette Poizner | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png What do we know about the psychology of an Olympic athlete? The signature of Mark Spitz is worth examining. We can learn something about what it takes to excel in sports; also, in life.

What Osama bin Laden's Signature Tells Us About Evil

Annette Poizner | Posted 10.06.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

The field of graphology, or handwriting analysis, asserts that handwriting, in general, and signatures, specifically, relay information about the identity of the writer. The signature -- chosen as the writer's representative on the page -- often embeds symbols that may tell us about the writer's identifications. Here's what Osama Bin Laden's signature says about his terrible ways.

What Donald Trump's Signature Says About Him

Annette Poizner | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

Take a look at Trump's signature. In general, cursive handwriting is comprised of straight lines and loops. But Trump favours straight lines and does away with curves or loops. For the graphologist, roundedness implies emotionality and softer aspects of the personality. But what is the meaning of the straight line?

What Handwriting Says About You (And Seven Celebrities)

Annette Poizner | Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

What does your handwriting reveal? A lot. It reveals unique facets of your personality, but more importantly, if you are of a certain age, its trace attests to the care and sustained efforts of those who taught you how to write.

Is Handwriting Dead?

CBC | Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada Living

The practice of students endlessly copying letters and sentences from a chalkboard is a thing of the past. Teaching perfect strokes and pr...