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Top 5 Warning Signs in Handwriting

Dear Michelle,

After being in a committed relationship for the past several years, I find myself back on the dating scene. I don't know if it's just me (or the pickings are slim), but I seem to attract a lot of weirdos. Could you tell me what I should be looking for in handwriting that would help me eliminate some of the "bad news boys"?

Joan from Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dear Joan,

How can you tell if the person you're dating might be "bad news"? If you see any of these warning signs in a date's handwriting, it's time to lace up your running shoes.

The Handwriting Doctor's Top 5 Warning Signs

5. The Bee Stinger

  • What to look for: A pointed stroke inside the letters o or a.
  • If your honey writes with bee Stingers, he or she will either refrain from sex altogether or go hog wild crazy with it.

4. Ground in Dots

  • What to look for: Big thick periods, punctuation that's been ground into the page
  • Show me a person who is silently resentful, irritable and obsessive, and I'll show you a writer who makes ground-in dots. He may also grind his teeth, but that's another story...

3. The Felons Claw

  • What to look for: A lower loop that curves downward (like a frown) and forms a hook
  • Felon Claw writers believe, deep down, that they dont deserve anything good to happen to them and will continually "mess up" their lives.
  • 80 percent of convicted felons have felon claws in their script. Of course, just because a writer makes a felon's claw, doesn't mean he or she is a felon. But, where there are claws, there's cause for caution.

2. Ambiguous letters or numbers

  • What to look for: letters or numbers that can be easily interpreted as other letters or numbers (for example a 3 may look like an 8 or a B looks like a Q)
  • There are a lot of "dating games," but a person who writes with ambiguous letters or numbers is probably playing a con game.

1. The dreaded Devil's Fork

  • What to look for: A stroke hidden somewhere in the writing that resembles a devils pitchfork
  • Devil's Fork writers believe they are possessed by the Devil. If you see the Devil's fork in your date's handwriting, don't even take the time to lace up your shoes -- just start running!

Michelle Dresbold is a nationally known handwriting expert and personality profiler. Are you a doodler? Have a personal question or problem? Mail your doodles and handwritten letters to: The Handwriting Doctor, P.O. Box 1161, Monroeville, PA 15146.

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