Poll results: do you write in print or cursive?

I didn’t notice that my poll had already ended. Probably a long time ago. This poll reminded me of my experience with graphology during a career fair a couple of weeks ago. You’re right, a CAREER fair. It wasn’t a job booth, but it’s an area where there are fortune tellers, tarot card readers, etc. I thought I might talk about it a little here…

The good thing was, I found out a little bit more about myself which I normally wouldn’t think too much about. The graphologist was pretty accurate. She helped me to point out certain ways of writing to improve my personality. The bad thing was, I was so engrossed with thinking about what the graphologist deciphered, that I totally forgot to get a name card. I didn’t even really note what company the graphologist is from.

So the “test” consisted mainly of me writing out a passage, any passage, of my thoughts at the moment. It had to be at least half a page long. I never thought so much about graphology, but this session made me really curious about it now.

The lady analysed the margins I left around my words, the hooks of my g’s and j’s and y’s, line structure, other specific alphabets, and last but not least, my signature. Most that she mentioned are pretty accurate reflections of me! Amazing. One point to note, if your signature looks like the word is cancelled, don’t cancel it! Make some effort to change it a little! Cancelling your signature is as if you have low self esteem. Not too good. Fortunately for mine, I don’t cancel my signature even though I have a line below it.

This poll today might not be related to graphology, but perhaps related to the way people write.

I personally write in a mixture of print and cursive. Especially while writing fast. And especially when there are some difficult letters to join together. Out of the 35 people who voted, 14 people joined me in that selection. I always thought most people write a mixture of print and cursive. Another 14 people write in cursive. That is also strange, because I thought more people would write in print (after the mixture). Finally, only 5 out of 35 voted for “print”.

My handwriting is never satisfactory (many people feel their own handwriting is never satisfactory, just like me). I might be able to achieve some easy-to-read print writing if I pay enough attention. My cursive writing is never really good. I had a hard time figuring out how to write in cursive PROPERLY, something which I never seem to improve on. I wouldn’t say my handwriting is horrendous, because I’m sure there are worse, but to write nicely in cursive, it takes me double or triple the time and effort that writing in print. Taking the best of both worlds seems to be the best solution.

Are you like me? Do you write in cursive+print because of writing fast, difficulty joining some alphabets together? Or do you standardize cursive vs. print on different occasions?

6 Responses

  1. Maybelline Tan 30 September 2012 / 12:04 AM

    Yea it's interesting, right? Check out a graphologist if you have the chance, whether or not you believe it!

    That's great that your cursive is more legible at speed. Mine can't do that well, and I can't write cursive quickly partly because my hand will smear the ink before it's dry (leftie problem)…

  2. Maybelline Tan 30 September 2012 / 12:02 AM

    ooh yea I kinda agree… printing is great for legibility and neatness, but it is pretty tiring to write in print because it takes effort to lift the pen off the paper many times. in cursive if I have no lines to guide me, my words fly up and down! So my main focus now is to write straight. lol. needs focus too…

  3. Maybelline Tan 30 September 2012 / 12:00 AM

    Hi, sorry for the super late reply… catching up on a lot of stuff! "Cancelling" the signature is like, when people underline while signing, the line accidentally (or deliberately) crosses the name itself. Seems like it represents low self-esteem according to the graphologist (like trying to cancel yourself out). Weird, huh? Check out a graphologist if you have the chance (whether you believe in it or not)! 🙂

  4. Michael Matteson 16 September 2012 / 4:50 AM

    I think my writing is generally not terrible. There's a lot of it on my blog. I almost always underline my signature. I've never talked to a graphologist, though. Is that bad? What does it mean to "cancel" your signature? So many questions!

  5. Mike Grove 16 September 2012 / 1:36 AM

    Yes, interesting stuff indeed.

    I'm normally wary of what I might call 'pseudo-science' but I admit I'm fascinated by what can be deduced about a person from their handwriting. I certainly would be interested in submitting my scrawl to a graphologist (if I knew where to find one!).

    Anyway, I'm making a BIG effort these days to go cursive as much as possible, but I agree that it takes a lot of time to do it properly, so that anyone can read it. But I simply LOVE to write that way – printing is jerky and the nib comes off and on the page a lot, but cursive is smoooth with lots of curvy bits and less on-and-off the paper with the nib.

    I am also very interested in 'Rapid Butterfly's statement that italic nibs help – I have a Pelikan so may get such a nib to try out…

    Great stuff Maybelline, keep it up!

  6. rapid butterfly 15 September 2012 / 7:49 AM

    Interesting post! I'm fascinated to hear that the graphologist seemed accurate.

    I only regularly use print on the left side of Cornell ruled paper, and only when I am trying to make something stand out or be easy to read at a glance (e.g notes for a hearing or trial). My cursive is much faster and paradoxically more legible at speed.

    I use italic nibbed Pelikans extensively….they help a lot w/ legibility.

I would love to hear your thoughts!