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Freud and the Powerful Emotions revealed in his Handwriting

Sigmund Freud

Freud’s handwriting is a perfect example of powerful emotion and passion on the page. It’s a rich and complex handwriting with much evidence of originality and drive.

But to me, the most outstanding features are the power and the passion so evident in his handwriting.

Of course, when the handwriting is as rich and as complex as Freud’s it can be rather challenging to analyze. But the complexity alone speaks volumes and soon you begin to see the outstanding features that bring his personality to life on the page.

One of the most fascinating aspects of handwriting analysis is its ability to uncover certain facets of personality that are not generally known by the public.

So with these things in mind, let’s take a look at a sample of Freud’s handwriting.


Passion and fearless originality are the hallmarks of Freud’s handwriting. In  fact, he appears to have been a very temperamental character and he must have found his turbulent emotions difficult to control.

His compact, heavily- pressured handwriting with its numerous restrictions shows that he was temperamentally volatile and subject to dark moods, emotional torment, and impulsive outbursts. His strong resentments and undying grudges are also plain to see. He was a turbulent character and his handwriting clearly mirrors his dark brooding quality.

His moodiness was undoubtedly exacerbated by the high degree of tension so evident in his handwriting. Note the heavy pressure, the irregularities, the discordances and the obvious lack of rhythm.  These are all indicators that point to extreme moodiness.

But – and this is the important part – there is also a strong element of untamed inventiveness, of genius unconfined by established rules and a boundless creative energy that exudes from every letter.

A Passionate Personality

Passion is the word best used to describe Freud’s handwriting with its ink-filled letters and many sweeping extensions. He was a passionate and intense character who saw everything in shades of black and white and his bouts of frustration and anger were no doubt inflamed when he had to endure rejection from his fellow psychiatrists.

He was certainly passionate about his beliefs – and there was passion in his relationships too. Small wonder that his theories revolved around sex.

Certainly, his courtship of his wife, Martha Bernays was ardent enough when in addressing this particular letter to her he started it with: “My sweet darling girl”.

This was no luke-warm character. Neither, years later, would he have been lukewarm in his association with the beautiful Lou Andreas-Salome, a notable seductress who ostensibly admired his intellect.

These are just a few of the fascinating insights that help us to understand more about Freud’s character. They help us to see him as a lively personality rather than as a dry intellectual from the pages of history.

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