Understand Emotional Expressiveness of A Person

Handwriting slant describes more about outer personality of the writer. Emotions are very important in our life. That is the base of our personality. Emotions cause us to respond to people. Emotions and feelings such as happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, confidence, insecurities are the base of our life. Handwriting reflects these emotions. Slant describes emotional responsiveness of a person. We can also interpret the need of a person for contacting with others. Slant further explains abilities of writer such as to face situations, to communicate and express self emotionally, his/ her choices of behavior.

Handwriting slant

How to measure a slant in handwriting?

For measuring a slant, drawing a baseline is important. Angle between the apex point of letter and a baseline will give us exact slant. Letters having upper zones such as d, h, l, t are easier to measure. In following article we are going to discuss these angles of slants. We can mainly categories them as leftward slant, vertical slant and rightward slant. For non-graphologists it is simple to understand this.

Handwriting Slant
Handwriting Slant - Infographic

What does it mean if you write slanted to the left?

A slant tilted to left from 90 degrees is leftward slant. This slant is never natural- it is always acquired. This person has faced some tragedy in life. You can imagine a person not willing to interact. Sometimes it is a set back. e.g. if a person met with an accident while driving, next time he/ she will take extra care while driving. The person will always take precautions. People with left slanted handwriting are more cautious and they try to control their emotions. These are quite reserved people. Introvert, aloof personality. Repress their emotions. Person withdraws emotionally. Lacks involvement. These people strictly follow their mind rather than emotions. There is strong self control in these people. They are in denial about feelings of insecurity. Person is stuck in past. He/ she is afraid. Many times defiance is seen in their personality. Person always thinks about welfare and self benefit. Here, person is not being selfish; he/she thinks more about well-being of self before taking any actions. They are often good organisers, they are patient. Teenagers often adopt this slant as they face emotional uncertainty in young age. This slant can be temporary as the person explores self and gets stable ideas on expressing emotions. The person writing leftward slant has protective attitude. These people are connected to past. Mother’s influence is more on them.

According to Lidia Fogarolo  people with handwriting towards left are often masked and concealed within but in reality they need relationships. They never accept the thing but interpersonal relationships make them happy. Her article further explains which are the primary conditions where this slant can be found.

Vertical Slant:

Person who writes exactly in 90 degrees is the person who lives in present. The handwriting shows reserved emotions. The doesn’t express easily (unless the handwriting size is large and pressure is heavy.) The writer is not cold hearted, instead he/she has control over emotions and expressing them. This writer feels head over heart. The writer rarely allows feelings to enter into decisions and actions. He/ She wants to be independent in life. The writer forms decisions after long thought and considering lot of logical possibilities. The writer is open for new experiences but while responding, he/she is very cautious. Here person controls self emotions. Even the emotional control is lost the person regains it instantly. So, these people are better crisis managers and good leaders. Disciplined person. These people are able to control emergencies briskly. It is difficult for them to contact with others. This person is usually cool, calm and collected. 

This person commonly asks questions to self like:

  • Is this right?
  • What will be the consequences?
  • Is it wise?
  • Will it pay?

This person is determined. Stable person. He/ she is very straight forward. This person can handle responsibilities very well. Practical, rational thinker. This person is not easy to blackmail!

“You tend to be logical and practical. You are guarded with your emotions.” Says AMANDA ARMSTRONG

Handwriting Slant

What does it mean if you write slanted to the right?:

Right slanted handwriting  indicates person is socially reactive. The more the slant of handwriting tilts to right side, the more person expresses emotions easily. This person loves to communicate. Connected to future events. At times person tries to complete goals of father as well. The writer has lot of courage. Extrovert. The person is drawn to others. Reacts immediately even before thinking at times. He/ She lacks control on expression. It is easy to read their face as well. These people are easily influenced by others. Here, heart rules head. These people are friendly, warmth. They love to express their love and affection. These people love to touch and feel others. They can create a cozy environment. They are sensitive. They are wired by emotion.

According to Lidia Fogarolo people with right slanted handwriting love being involved in all emotional complications, they feel comfortable in difficult relationships because they love to torment and be tormented.

Daily life example:

In our day to day life we meet these people every day and often we wonder how to talk with them. Just in case a leftward slant person meets a guy having rightward slant, imagine their conversation! It will be irritating for both of them. Leftward slant writer likes peace of mind. He doesn’t much like to talk and express feelings whereas a rightward slant person loves to talk. Let’s just name A for leftward and B for rightward slant person. Now, imagine them discussing on any topic. A will talk only when asked and even he/she will listen quietly for long time, person will stack and note down the points B has mentioned and then will explode with his/her ideas. On the other hand B will talk whatever comes to his mind instantly. He/She will not note points. Person will go with the flow of emotions. Let’s check out body language of A and B. A will be very stiff and sitting straight. A will shake hands after a meet. He/ she will look formal whereas, B will be in casual attitude. He/she will hug after a meet. A will help others after giving long thought on the situation and will think of how it will be beneficial for self? Whereas B will help unexpectedly and promptly. We notice these ‘A’s and ‘B’s people around us daily. Instead of getting angry try to understand them and see the magic. Even if you try to analyse this in family member’s handwriting, it will make a huge difference.

Imagine a man riding Horse. All slant writers will look exactly like following image. This image is from the book: ‘Handwriting Psychology by Dr. Helmut Ploog’

Handwriting Slant

Above mentioned 3 are just the basic slants. If we want to go further into a deep analysis in ‘slant’ there are many other slants as well. People give it many names according to slant’s inclination. We can name it as: FA slant, AB slant, BC slant, CD slant, DE slant and E+ slant. There can be variety in slants usually, multi-slanted writing is seen often in children. I will focus these slants in next article.


I hope you enjoyed my post on Handwriting Slants in Graphology. Above mentioned types of Handwriting Slants are Basics. Professional graphologists use to analyze personality are in depth slants.

So do write on a paper and check slant of your handwriting. Or you can check writings of your friends.

Comment below and let us know your findings.

Note: Assessing personality just by looking at handwriting slant is not correct. There are many factors to be considered such as pen pressure,spacing, margins, baselines etc. Stay tuned for such interesting article.

Check out my similar article on Handwriting Size in Marathi. 


  1. Karen Kristin Amend and Mary Stansbury Ruiz; 1980; Handwriting Analysis, the complete basic book.
  2. Dr. Helmut Ploog; 2013; Handwriting Psychology.
  3. Reed Hays; 1993; Between the Lines; Basics of handwriting analysis.
  4.  Dariusz Tarczyński; Psychographology; Dynamism in writing

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Very good article explaining in details and easy manner this important aspect of personality. Understanding our own as well as others’ emotions i.e. emotional intelligence is very important for us. It greatly contributes towards lasting relationships, improving decision making and team effectiveness. Even work environment involves complex emotions and interpersonal clashes. So conflict can be avoided by selecting an appropriate response. Moreover, physical wellbeing of an individual is also influenced by emotional state.

    As rightly mentioned in the article, slant is a major parameter to know emotional expressiveness of a person. However I feel that along with slant writing pressure (intensity of emotions), size /elimination of Upper Zone loops (emotional /rational) and size of script (extroversive/introversive) needs to be seen to arrive at accurate conclusion.

  2. Very well explained in short n crisp for Basic learners of Graphology
    Well done Bhagyashree

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