Ugly handwriting

Ugly Handwriting and what it Says about You

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What an ugly handwriting!Ugly handwriting needs its very own own post because it has always been the ugly duckling among writers.

There are several reasons why I’m featuring  “Ugly handwriting” today – one of the most important being that these handwritings often have a lot to them and the writers of these handwritings are never boring or colourless.

In fact I have always found them to be the most interesting to analyze.

So if you have an ugly handwriting read on – there may be more to your scrawl than first meets the eye.

We all know what “ugly handwriting” looks like. It’s the exact opposite of those beautiful neat and often calligraphic looking works of art that we all envy.

Ugly handwriting has poor rhythm and many inconsistencies. I was told as a child by an unsympathetic examiner that my handwriting resembled a garden – a garden with weeds.

And so people with poor handwriting always find themselves having to apologize:

“Please excuse my handwriting as I’m writing in a moving car” – or “galloping in a horse and buggy” and so on.

Ugly handwriting

Poor writers hardly received much encouragement from the classical graphologists either. They were a rather stuffy lot in those days and found it difficult to countenance poor handwriting.

Crepieux-Jamin, one of the founding fathers of French Graphology, when describing these unfortunate missives referred to their “multiple discordances” with much disapproval.

Ludwig Klages, a famous German graphologist was even more derogatory about this kind of handwriting which he dismissed with the haughty description of “poor form level.”

As far as he was concerned anyone who wrote with poor form level was the pits! He should have seen some of the handwriting of today!

Now I’m not trying to suggest that there is great virtue in writing “badly” – or that you should try to cultivate an ugly hand. Far from it. I am in a constant battle myself in this regard because my own handwriting, as I’ve mentioned, is far from beautiful!

Of course, every handwriting is different and generalities, especially in the field of handwriting analysis, can be dangerous. Besides there are degrees of “ugliness” too.

Nevertheless there are some interesting things that we can point out.

The Meaning of Ugly Handwriting

Ugly handwriting can indicate a certain amount of emotional baggage.

Many ugly writers tend to be emotionally volatile – even bad tempered as we can see in the sample above. Ugly handwriting can also indicate a lack of stability and a number of other things too.

Sometimes, ugly handwriting can be an indication of low self-esteem or insecurity; but it can also show autonomy and a desire to be judged on your own merits rather than conform to the standard way of doing things.

The Consolations of Ugly Handwriting

For those of us who are members of the club of ugly handwriters, there are a few consolations.

Ugly handwriting is always individualistic because this type of writer is an independent thinker. You will notice that this writer does not always fit in with the expectations of society.

Ugly handwriting often goes with creativity and sometimes it can be a sign of eccentricity too.

Paganini the great violinist belonged to this category and he was certainly eccentric and undoubtedly creative.

Picasso also had an ugly handwriting and look at what happened to him!

So, if you class yourself as an ugly writer don’t despair! Some of the ugliest writers have been highly creative or exceptional people in one way or another.  Beethoven and Napoleon had awful handwriting and Freud’s handwriting was quite ghastly!

All these people had dreadful handwriting and look at what they achieved!

That’s why you should never let “ugly handwriting” undermine your own confidence. Don’t stick with any false perceptions about yourself.


If you would like to learn more about yourself and others through handwriting check out: The Hidden Meaning of Handwriting.



72 Comment

  1. Just a thought..
    as the ugly handwriting shows emotional Baggage.. certain people who are aggressive and frustrated with the world often use their frustration in a creative/positive way.. in some form of Arts (painting, drawing, dancin) or physically (sports, swimming etc)

    I do know few people who have ugly handwriting and when upset they draw or take up physical exercise..

    Basically these people have very high energy and find some creative way to express it..

  2. […] really is dreadful! This is undoubtedly very ugly handwriting and it stands out in perfect contrast to pretty […]

  3. My grandmother called my dad and asked if I was on drugs because of my handwriting. All I did was sign a birthday card.

  4. I ‘m one of those ugly handwriters , mine is terrible, to the point that just my mom can read some of the stuff i write, luckily now days all i do is print things out. About the aspects of ugly writers I share some, I’m creative, ( love plastic arts) very independent and sometimes very different from the rest . I can’t stand limits

  5. Hi Kristen
    I can only sympathise! Maybe you should let them read this post!

  6. I’ve struggled with my handwriting my entire life and it is still ugly. However, I am currently a successful professional artist. I’ve been drawing and painting obsessively since I was in middle school. I think because I am a heavily visual learner, I’ve learned to express myself through pictures rather than words and so shied away from writing. To me, drawing and writing are like using two different parts of the brain. Instead of concentrating on the appearance of the letters I’m concentrating on what I am trying to say. If I treat words like a picture I can write beautifully but it takes a very long time to write. My handwriting became a source of agony in college, when I would have to immediately type all of my notes after class so that I could read them later. However, that proved to be a valuable habit as it allowed me to retain the information by having to transcribe it and interpret the meaning of my own scribbles.

  7. My 10th grade English teacher told me to get calligraphy classes because he could barely understand my reports. I didn’t.
    My Arabic is actually worse, but I got no complaints in school.
    I also cannot understand anyone’s handwriting whose style differs from any printed type.
    I’m a trainee lawyer now, and I fear the day I have to read a judges handwritten ruling, which is not uncommon in Bahrain.

  8. I’m positive kids in kindergarten have better hand writing then I do. I’ve always been better at science and I want to go on to become a physician one day. I normally just tell myself that I was born to fit the stereotype that “all doctors have bad handwriting.”
    I never thought that my insecurities could be a cause, though. Interesting.

  9. Hi Talal
    Thank you for your comment. Your story is rather different from the usual complaints about unreadable handwriting. How interesting that you find it difficult to read individualized handwriting. Maybe you should ask the judges to type- or at least to print!

  10. Hi Jenny
    In actual fact, not all doctors have bad handwriting – as you know. And “bad handwriting” is also not necessarily a sign of insecurity. There are so many other reasons that could range from carelessness to innovative ability or creativity. The trick is to find out which one applies to your own handwriting!

  11. My handwriting is awful, but I do draw very well. It is almost as if I draw my words instead of writing them, which causes my handwriting to go everywhere and end up looking crazy.

  12. […] So if you have an ugly handwriting read on – there may be more to your scrawl than first meets the eye. […]

  13. My handwriting was never great. It peaked at about ten years of age, and gradually deteriorated as I went through high school, sixth form and university, as classes became more intense. Lecture notes had to be scribbled faster and faster, so aesthetics were sacrificed for speed and now ten years after graduating my handwriting is still a dreadful, inconsistent mess. I’m also pretty useless at art.

    I love creative writing though, and my trains of thought can thunder along in directions I can’t control. When I write with pen or pencil I become frustrated because it feels like my hand simply can’t keep up with my brain, so I use a word processor instead, leaving my handwriting to rot further…

  14. I have a bad handwriting. My teacher almost failed me in the exam because he can’t understand my handwriting. Good thing he let me to rewrite it. Whenever my boyfriend reads my love letters his eyebrows always cross just trying to understand what is written. Everyone is telling me I should have taken a medical course and be a doctor because it fits with my handwriting. But even though they are having a hard time reading my handwriting they still take effort to read my comics. My hobby is to make a comics. I just love to draw.

  15. Hi Doris
    Even if they don’t get your handwriting they clearly love your comics and drawings. Good luck!

  16. Hi Badger

    Clearly there’s a creative element there! Don’t give up on it.

  17. ever since i was in primary school , i have been scolded and told by teachers and friends that my handwriting is very untidy, illegible.
    just not long ago, my english tutor called to tell me about my analysis test. she added by saying my handwriting was ATROCIOUS and she emphasized on that word so sharply. it hurts :( i felt so guilty idk why.. i hope i am not the only one.

  18. Hi Yvonne

    I can sympathize as my handwriting is also far from attractive!

    I see you type without capital letters. I can only presume that you do that with your handwriting too. If so, I would suggest that in particular you should use the capital letter whenever you write the personal pronoun “I.” It’s important for confidence and self-respect.

  19. This is a great article, but I think its fair to mention (based on lots of comments) that creativity is not only tied to fine arts like painting, music, and others. A person can be very creative within their desired skill. For example, my dad has terrible handwriting but is a fantastic business man who always has creative ideas for his business and is also very good at interior design (shocking to me). He’s also the exact opposite personality that you would associate with someone who is generally artistic. I also have have completely awful handwriting and I’m the exact opposite of him as I’m more into creative arts like music and writing.

  20. My handwriting is not ugly but it is totally inconsistent, sometimes I write big letters and sometimes small letters in the same word or sentence. The font is totally irregular and as I try harder to get it right I realise I keep on changing fonts. I notice though that my handwriting improves if I use a proper pen such as a drawing pen for example or calligraphy pens for that matter. I wonder if that might indicate any kind of psychological issue or something like that…

  21. When I was little my mother used to try and scare me into writing neatly by claiming “your teachers in high school will give you an F on every assignment unless you start to write neatly” or “you’ll never get accepted to college if you don’t learn to write clearly” I am now 17, have straight A’s, have been accepted to 4/6 colleges I have applied to, and still have horrid handwriting.

  22. Teachers always made jokes that I should be a doctor because no one could read my handwriting. One teacher described it as ‘writing angrily’ at her- though I assure that was not my intention. In 8th grade, I had a language arts teacher who one day pulled me aside before class to tell me frankly that my ‘handwriting sucked’ (her actual words, though that didn’t surprise me because she always made comments on how difficult it was to read my writing) but she also said that she was really surprised because my drawings were actually quite good- I guess before that she just assumed my hand writing was sloppy due to a lack of small motor skill mastery. She actually tried to encourage me to go into an art related profession; I have considered it several times but art isn’t always exactly a financially stable career path.

    Overall I usually notice that I write sloppy because sometimes I have so many ideas rushing through my head of what I want to write and how I want to write it that I try to write it down before I forget. Also the more emotional or personal the subject I’m writing about is the more sloppy it tends to get.

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