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Narrow Minded

There is an old Chinese proverb: “The broad-minded see the beauty in different things; the narrow-minded see only the differences.” What else do narrow-minded people have in common? Like their minds, the top of many of their letters are restricted and completely closed. What do these narrow minded writers have in common?

First, let’s look at the handwriting of Warren Jeffs. As the "President and Prophet, Seer and Revelator” of the controversial, polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also know by the acronym of FLDS.), Jeffs professed “Perfect obedience produces perfect faith, which produces perfect people.”

Jeffs exercised his power over the Church’s 10,000 members by arranging marriages for girls as young as 13 to older men. To reduce the rivalry from male followers he would exile young men and punish them by distributing their wives, children and homes to other male members of the FLDS movement. Jeffs, himself, is estimated to have around 40 wives, some of whom were formerly married to his father, and about 56 children.

Look carefully at the signature of a Warren Steed Jeffs. Can you see that the final “s” in “Jeffs” is so pinched, pointed and squeezed that it is completely closed? The tighter and more pointed the top of the letter is made, the more critical, opinionated and narrow minded the writer.

Now, look at the signature of another fundamentalist, Mohamed Atta, one of the principal hijackers involve in the crash of the American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Atta, was drawn to Al-Quds Mosque, which adheres to a “harsh, uncompromisingly fundamentalist, and resoundingly militant” version of Sunni Islam. Look at the pinched narrow pointed top of the letter “A” in Atta---a clear indication of his restricted thinking and closed mind.

And finally, look at the pointed top of the “J” in Senator Joe McCarthy’s signature---another writer who believed it was his way or the highway. In the 1950’s McCarthy led the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which destroyed the reputation and careers of many good people based on rumors and accusations of past “un-American activities”.

As Confucius said: “A closed mind is like a closed book---just a block of wood!”

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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