Ugly handwriting, individuality and genius: graphology world article

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.

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!

beethovenletterbeethoven sigFor 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.

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!

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Ugly Handwriting and what it Says about You

Copyist Ferdinand Wolanek had the enviable task of copying out Beethoven’s music manuscripts. On one occasion he asked Beethoven to write more neatly, so he can read it more easily. This is Beethoven’s response: