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Spatial arrangement in handwriting

Here is where I share one of the biggest secrets in handwriting analysis. Most people think graphologists only analyze the actual writing. In fact, there is a great deal of information about where there is no handwriting. It is in where a person chooses to place their writing.

The spatial arrangement, both overall and specifically, tell a lot about a person. Spatial arrangement is a portion of determining form level, which is the single most important graphology trait. Spatial measurements are proportianately measured according to the size of the writing.

There are three basic aspects of spatial arrangement. First, the overall spatial arrangement as a whole. This type would be the arrangement of the writing according to all four margins. The other two are the word spacing and the line spacing.

In general, when the overall spacing is very wide or large; the writer needs a lot of personal and emotional space. Conversely, it is also easy to comprehend that when the overall spatial arrangements are narrow; the writer doesn't want distance with other people, and prefers to be socially involved.

Let's concentrate on the word spacing first. I analyze this distance according to the size of the writing but also with respect to the speed the writer is writing at. The faster the writer writes, the faster his hand will move rightward across the page and the wider the word spacing will be due to this factor, rather than simply by personal preference.

Word spacing discloses the "imaginary distance" one feels comfortable with one on one relationships. This is a key graphology trait when I analyze handwriting for romantic compatibility. The wider the word spacing, the more distance the person needs. This is emotional and not actual physical distance. These are the people who "need their space" even those with a strong right slant and are still emotional. It is word spacing which tells us the emotional distance required by the writer.

When the word spacing is narrow; we have a writer who wants closeness and to be with his romantic partner often. He wants to share his activities with her, and could feel rejected otherwise.

There are those that mix up their word spacing. When it varies; I look to the form level of the writing and the degree that other traits vary by. If the other traits don't vary much, but word spacing does; then the writer has both traits. Some people need their space all the time, and others only sporadically.

Line spacing is a product of a person's need for independence or social support. Line spacing is how far on your own you "reach" down the page to start the next line. Those with a greater reach, seek this completely on their own. They are independent people. Those who write with narrow line spacing dare not reach too far. They are more cautious and rely on social and family support. These people tend to join social communities and groups.

Remember wide or narrow line spacing is judged according to the overall size of the handwriting. Model line spacing leaves just enough room so the lower zone loops of the previous line do not hinder the upper zone loops of the suceeding line.

Margins are another very important aspect of handwriting analysis. The size of the left margin is a personal choice for each writer. Normal distance is about an inch wide. When the writer chooses a narrow left margin; he is not venturing very far. It is an indicator of shyness, reserve, and caution.

There are different reasons for an overly wide left margin. It depends on the other margins. If all four of the margins are very wide; then we have the trait known as "moat margins". The text of the writing is being "protected" by the extra wide margins. They literally create a moat around their castle. These are the people who have emotional problems, but feel they can solve it by running away. They use physical distance to avoid facing difficult emotional issues.

If the left margin is wide; then it is a sign of extroversion and confidence, especially if the right margin is much narrower. This is a positive trait, whereas the "moat" margin is a very negative one.

Left margins also have a tendency to widen or narrow as the writer proceeds down the page. When the left margin narrows, or pulls to the left; the writer becomes more introverted over time. They are initially friendly and warm, but then they become introverted. The initial warmth is a compensation and false personna.

The opposite is true when the left margin widens as it progresses line after line; the writer is shy initially but warms up and becomes friendly over time. The angle of this denotes how fast the person "warms up after their initial shyness"

The right margin should not be uniform. On occassions, I will see a sample where the right margin is very neat and aligned. This takes an extraordinary amount of time to plan this out. This is the pedantic and obsessive compulsive personality.

The right margin should go all the way to the end without forcing the final word to turn. If it does, we have the "crashing" right margin. This is a very dangerous trait. It depicts the person who will ignore the obvious signs and walk right into danger. The writer can see the end of the paper coming, so why not start a fresh line? They don't. I have seen this trait present, and when I look at the lines of writing I notice that there is extra wide spacing between the words at the beginning of the line. The writer intentionally creates the need to crash the right margin by using extra wide word spacing. It is an unconscious habit. This is the case with the handwriting of Jack the Ripper.

When the right margin is very wide, and you could see that the first word on the suceeding line would have easily fit on the previous line; then you wonder. This is a common occurrence. The person that stops writing well short of the end of the paper is one who has problems finishing goals and tasks. They are their own worst enemy. The create "imaginary barriors" which stop them in their tracks. The overly wide margin is indicative of this trait. They fear the future, and expect things to never work out. They may be initially enthusiastic, but give up when obstacles start to appear.

The size of the top margin denotes the person's respect for other people, or if the sample is written specifically to an individual; we can determine the respect the writer does have for that individual. When there is no space at the top, it denotes a person who doesn't respect or care for others. This is one of the minor traits in criminal handwriting.

From time to time, I'll see an unusual spatial arrangement as an overall picture. There will be an unusually large space between words on multiple lines of three or more at the same spot for each line. These look like vertical worms or snakes, and are called "rivers". When there are rivers in the writing; we are seeing an unconscious manifestation of a duality of some form within the personality. It does not mean multiple personality, although a person with multiple personality disorder could certainly write with rivers in their writing. It could simply mean a person who settled for one lifestyle when they still dream of another. It can mean many different things, but it is in some form of duality.

Unusually large spacing on both sides of the name of a person can tell us that the writer wants more distance from this person, while the opposite is also true. If the word spacing in this case narrows on both sides of the name, then the writer wants more closeness with that particular person.

Take a look at your own spouse's writing and find a sample with your name in it. See if their is extra spatial distance surrounding your name or narrower. See if your name is slightly enlarged or emphasized or is it small and ill formed. These clues will tell you how he or she really feels about you.

We call these "key words". Key words are words that show some form of abnormality to the general rhythm and flow of the writing. They can be either negative or positive. Changing the spatial arrangement around a word betrays that word as a "key".

The PPI [Personal pronoun I] often displays this trait of abnormally large word spacing, but not with other words. This is emotional distancing. The writer may have closeness with everyone and talk about everything; except themselves.

    Spatial arrangements tells a lot about the personality
    Large space at the top margin denotes respect for others
    Narrow top margins depict a lack of respect
    Narrowing left margins belong to those who are friendly at first only
    Widening left margins belong to those who are shy at first only
    Right margins tell about the person's feelings toward the future
    Wide right margins create their own imaginary obstacles and stop
    Rivers depict some form of duality within the personality
    Narrow word spacing identifies the writer wants closeness
    Wide word spacing depicts emotional and physical distance is needed
    Large line spacing show an independent personality
    Narrow line spacing betray one who needs social and family

Important disclaimer: Remember this is just a very basic explanation of this particular aspect of handwriting. It is expressly for the purpose to show the validity by explaining this complex science in simplistic terms.

Do not attempt to analyze a person's handwriting with just the information stated above. Graphology is a hollistic science; one characteristic on its own is fairly meaningless unless an extreme or coroborated with other graphology traits.

Leave handwriting analysis to experts like me. It takes years to be highly trained and skilled in this field, and to learn, study, and recognize all the graphological traits that incorporate this science.

If you are interested in more about graphology, choose one of the other links below
Capitals in writing Pastosity in writing Loops in writing Pressure in writing Rhythm in writing
Size in writing Slant in writing Spatial format in writing Three zones in writing

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