Handwriting Analysis #4: [Sense of reality] Optimist or Pessimist | Graphology by APDaga

Handwriting Analysis #4: [Sense of reality] Optimist or Pessimist | Graphology by APDaga
I have learned handwriting analysis (Graphology) in my college days and now I have decided to share my knowledge about handwriting analysis with all of you guys. 

The intention of sharing handwriting analysis knowledge is pure and to help other curious minds like me. Please make use of it for the betterment of society and the world. As all of you know "With great power & knowledge comes great responsibility

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  • Our handwriting is a reflection of our personality at the moment. Your handwriting doesn't speak about your future. So, don't expect that you will be doing future predictions using handwriting analysis. 

  • You can know the present state of your mind with handwriting analysis and improve it or make it better with practice and hard work in the proper direction. 

  • Any trait does not indicate anything white or black in your personality. Everyone is unique and their personality is made up of a combination of multiple traits.

  • and the most important thing to remember is "Over the period, a person's personality changes over the period." If you see something negative in someone's personality that doesn't mean that's permanent."

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Sense of Reality:

If you come across a difficult or unpleasant situation, what would be your reaction??? - you disappoint & lose all your hope OR you get up and face it with hope.

Of course, the natural reaction to the unpleasant situation is a disappointment but again difference lies in "how long" you become disappointed. 

The sense of reality reveals your attitude towards life & the challenges life throws at you. It gives insight into your response to various difficult & unpleasant situations.

The baseline of your handwriting reveals your attitude towards life.
  • A baseline is an imaginary or real line on which the bottom of your individual (small) letters rests.

  • Baselines thus represent the mental state of the writer, how he sees his future to be like, and the way he plans to progress towards it.

  • Baseline is best determined if the sample is submitted on unlined paper to ensure that the writer does not follow the pre-printed lines.

  • For best results, handwriting analysts always prefer samples written on unlined paper.
Based on one's attitude towards life, people are categorized into 3 types:
  1. The Optimist

  2. The Pessimist

  3. The Practical

Type of Baseline:

  • The baseline can be straight, wavy, erratic, or sloped.

  • A normal baseline should be slightly wavy.

  • A person with a straight baseline is tense and over-disciplined.

  • A very wavy baseline signals a person who is on an emotional roller coaster.

  • The following is a sample of Charles Manson's handwriting.

    Charles Manson's handwriting sample
    credit: {source}

    Notice that the baseline is very wavy, indicating a person whose emotions are unstable and out of control.

  • Let's discuss 3 types of baselines in detail: 
    • Ascending baseline 
    • Descending (declining) baseline
    • horizontally straight baseline.

The Optimist:

optimist ascending_baseline-apdaga
Optimist: ascending baseline
credit: {source}

  • An ascending baseline means optimism.

  • The Optimist are "Glass half full" kind of person.

  • They can handle difficult situations with confidence. 

  • Optimists will always find a silver lining even in the worst of the situations.  

  • Handwriting of optimists have an ascending baseline. 

  • This means that their handwriting would ascend as they write from left to right. 

  • Check the sample above to understand how to spot an optimistic person. 

The Pessimist:

pessimist descending_baseline-apdaga
Pessimist: descending baseline
credit: {source}

  • A descending baseline means pessimism, tiredness or depression.

  • The pessimist are "Glass half empty" kind of person.

  • Whenever they face trouble, they get very nervous and discouraged. 

  • Pessimists always look at the negative side of things.  

  • A pessimist writes with descending baselines. The baselines fall from left to right.  

  • Check the sample above to identify a Pessimist.

  • Optimism and pessimism need not necessarily be permanent states.

  • Depression might be a temporary state due to some tragic incident.

  • Situations change, people change and so does their handwriting.

The Practical:

practical straight_baseline-apdaga
Practical: straight-horizontal baseline
credit: {source}

  • A level baseline indicates a healthy balance between optimism and pessimism.

  • Practical people are balanced individuals who can manage their emotions well. 

  • They do not get overburdened by positive or negative feelings. 

  • They weigh the situation, the possibilities, the roadblocks and then plan accordingly. 

  • They are neither extremely hopeful nor do they lose hope completely. 

  • The baseline in their case is fairly straight parallel to top and bottom of the paper. 

  • Check the sample above to identify a practical and balanced person.



  • Baseline


  • Bottom of letter

Focus Letters:

  • All small letters.


  • The present mental state of the writer.
  • Ascending baseline: Optimist
  • Descending baseline: Pessimist
  • Horizontally straight baseline: Practical

Degree Traces / Present:

  • ---


  • Optimist: Ascending baseline.
  • Pessimist: Descending baseline.
  • Practical: Horizontally straight baseline.


Keep learning and make good use of what you learn. 
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and always remember
"With great power & knowledge comes great responsibility"


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