Handwriting and Eating Disorders – Signs In Writing

Let’s look at some signs that show up in your handwriting that can reflect your eating disorder.  I’ll start with the baseline.  Look carefully, when writing on a blank piece of paper.  Is your baseline very straight across?  This is a sign of perfectionism and artificial control, characteristics known too often be a part of someone with an ED.  Another sign is if within that line there are singular words that rise, and some that decline within the sentence.  This shows dissatisfaction and a tendency for rapid change in moods.

A rising baseline reflects optimism, however, again, if there are words that rise and decline, it means that there are frustrations that get in the way of this optimism.42-Handwriting_web

Conversely, a baseline that goes downward on the page shows dissatisfaction, depression, and pessimism.

A baseline that is like a wave, up and down, reflects imbalance of emotions in the flow of thoughts.

Slant is something that many of us with EDs wonder about if we look at our writing.  Some of us wonder why we may change at times from writing straight up, then writing to the right, and the slant to the right may differ.

If your writing in one sitting, so to speak, retains the same slant, this is not unusual.  It doesn’t mean the characteristics of your letters change, but the way your mind is “thinking” is.  If you write straight up during a business meeting, that means you are in a situation where you are thinking analytically and objectively.  If you, then, a couple of hours later decide to write in your diary or a letter to a friend and you are writing with a right slant, then it just means that you are allowing for a more emotional state.

The red light is if you are writing both styles within one paragraph, one sitting.  If you are writing extreme left, straight and then right, then more right, then straight, then left (you understand here I’m sure) within a paragraph, there are issues you have to deal with.  This would reflect a strong lenience towards quick mood transitions.  These moods can be perceived in may different contexts, depending on the other characteristics of your other letters and writing style.  It’s called stacking the traits.

I will leave you with this at this point, until my next post, which will be examples of some of my handwriting analysis of others, without their names noted, and then some, however, I will give out the name, because they have been on the internet, and they are famous.

Keep posted.

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