Thursday, March 18, 2010

What does Nelson Mandela’s handwriting depict about his personality?

Here's something that i have always loved doing since i learned Handwriting Analysis-to dissect and dig deep into the great people's personality and knowing the core stuff that makes them. Continuing with this attempt, in this post i have further attempted to explore personality of a great leader- Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela is a hero’s hero. He single handedly freed South Africa from Apartheid in the 1990’s and then became its first black president.

He was imprisoned in South Africa for 27 years, locked up in his cell during daylight hours, enduring the prime years of his life as a political prisoner. An opponent of the reigning government that endorsed apartheid, he wanted black people to have equal rights in their own country. He was peacefully working for a free and fair democracy in South Africa. When the South African government finally released him from prison, he led his country out of slavery as the new president of South Africa in the year 1994. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 as a tribute to all who dedicate their life for peace.

Trivia: At seven years of age, Rolihlahla Mandela became the first member of his family to attend a school, where he was given the name "Nelson," after the British admiral Horatio Nelson, by a Methodist teacher who found his native name difficult to pronounce.

Handwriting Sample

This Handwriting Sample is resized for better readibility

Nelson Mandela's Handwriting Analysis

Nelson Mandela is an Independent Thinker . His thinking is Independent of others thoughts. In both his thinking and actions, he tends to stay as close as possible to reality. Although he cares what others think but it is definitely not the main influence in his decision making. He has his strong internal frame of reference for what is right and what is wrong. He doesn’t really care if someone approve of him or not, he knows right from wrong and will live that way through any type of criticism. During his initial anti-apartheid movement, he was greatly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s non violence mantra but it was his Independent thinking that helped in convincing him that when many years of non-violent protest against apartheid had achieved nothing and could not succeed, he retorted to armed struggle.

Nelson Mandela possesses High Intelligence in his personality. He is keenly comprehensive in his thinking and has a great ability to quickly understand and size up a situation. Whilst in prison Mandela undertook study with the University of London by correspondence through its External Programme and received the degree of Bachelor of Laws. During his teens, he completed his Junior Certificate in two years, instead of the usual three. These instances give glimpses in to his academic intelligence.
He also possesses Quick decision making ability . He can think and evaluate circumstances very rapidly. High Intell igence and Quick decision making ability has helped Mandela deal with various unknown situations that he faced throughout his life.
He possesses a Positive attitude towards life. He is optimistic by nature and has the ability to see something positive in extreme situations. This is something that helps him move forward even when faced with tough challenges.
He has High Self esteem . Self-esteem or self image is the total value one gives to self. Having good self image, he tends to feel really good about himself and has a tremendous faith in his abilities.
He has set High goals for himself in every endeavor he took. He always had this rare vision set for himself. He always had his vision of a free and democratic South Africa.
He is open to other’s thoughts and philosophies . He does not have a kind of restricted mindset. He always tends to welcomes other’s ideas and is not so attached to his own thoughts. Mandela's approach during his initial years was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, who inspired him.
In communicating, he is always Honest and blunt in giving his opinions . Though he is argumentative, he tends to drive his arguments with rare honesty and bluntness.

Nelson Mandela's Handwriting Analysis- The building blocks

I have just tried to come up with the basis of the above Handwriting Analysis and captured the same in the image below. This indicates the different handwriting strokes that gave the vital personality related clues. Have a look!

I would be eager to hear your thoughts/comments about this post. Please do let me know!

References and credits:
1. Nelson Mandela’s Facts and Trivia source-
The book: Success Secrets of Rich and Happy

2. Nelson Mandela's picture source:

3. Nelson Mandela’s Signature source-
The book: Success Secrets of Rich and Happy


  1. i wanted to know that is there any way in which i can also analyze my own signature or handwriting. i would be great of yours if you could help me about this.
    Kindly reply …………

  2. Thanks for your comment. I see from your Website URL that you are already an Handwriting expert. Probably you already have an answer to your question :-). Is it not the case ?