Saturday, May 15, 2010

What does Sachin Tendulkar’s signature depict about his personality?

• He is one of the first sportsmen (along with Vishwanathan Anand) to receive the
Padma Vibhushan (2008)- the second highest civilian honour of India, rewarded with
Padma Shri- India's fourth highest civilian award, 1999 and Arjuna award in 1994
• He is the only cricketer to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour.
• Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest batsman of all time, considered Tendulkar to have a batting style similar to his.
Trivia: Tendulkar is ambidextrous: He bats, bowls, and throws with his right hand, but writes with his left hand.

Signature Sample

This Signature Sample is resized for better readibility

A Note before you read the Analysis

If one starts searching the Internet, there are quite a few Signature samples available and interstingly all quite different. One thing with Sports person signature samples is that more often the Signature samples are collected in the form of Autographs, which are rendered on hurry in situation when the Sportsperson has to sign for many people in the queue.
Considering this, i am not too sure under what circumstances is the sample listed in this post was taken. So, i request you to consider this fact as you go through the below analysis. There may be other samples available, whose authenticity like this one is as good as other samples available on Internet. So, lets enjoy with what we have here!

Sachin Tendulkar's Signature Analysis

Sachin Tendulkar possesses healthy self confidence in his personality. The person with self-reliance, or self-confidence, is convinced of his ability to reach the goals he sets for self. There is no better example of a player with self reliance than Sachin in the world of cricket today.

Sachin doesn’t fear failure and is very sure of his abilities. Probably that’s the reason he has proven his critics wrong time and again by coming up with consistent batting masterpieces.

He possesses defiance in his personality. A defiant person resists other's authority. This trait is often seen as resentment at being told what to do and as rebellion. It is possibly this trait that helps him not allow bowlers get on top of him and deal with them with his trademark authority.

He is a dreamer and visionary. He has always set himself goals that would be considered as unattainable by lesser people. The weight of his achievements on the field is a true testimony of his being able to dream impossible stuff and going a step further to achieve the same.

He exercises a lot of self control. Self control may be towards a particular type of goal or desire to control a certain type of fear. Such a person may not communicate freely if he is imposing control over his speech. This is so true of Sachin Tendulkar when is he addressing media especially addressing controversial issues. This is probably one trait that has helped him stay away from controversies in his career.

Sachin possess pride and dignity in his personality. Pride is a spur to achievement. He tends to expect respect from others and expect others to treat him with dignity. Dignity can also related to defense i.e. if someone tries to push him, he tend to stand above criticism. That’s probably the reason he is so widely respected.

Being an analytical thinker, he has the ability and desire to consider the pros and cons. He interprets all the facts by separating them, breaking them down, and organizing them from a critical point of view. This trait helps him to simplify thinking and coming up with great ideas on field.

Sachin is optimistic by nature. The positive thinking attitude helps him believe that tomorrow will be better day and look at the brighter side of life.

The basis of Sachin Tendulkar's Signature Analysis

References and Credits:
1. Sachin Tendulkar’s Facts and Trivia source-
2. Sachin Tendulkar’s Picture source-
3. Sachin Tendulkar’s Signature source-

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Can the personality trait of "Patience" be determined using someone's handwriting ?

What is Patience ? defines patience as "an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay".

Wikipedia defines Patience as- "Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties."
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Characteristics of an Individual showing Patience:
So, If we have to look at the trait of Patience more holistically it constitutes of the following parts-
- Any person with Patience may tend to have more of Attention to details. i.e. Patient person will make enough efforts to care for the details. Impatient person is more likely to miss on the details.
- Patient person will not show Impulsiveness in his behavior in the common day-to-day situations. He will largely be more calm than the person who makes decisions by impulse
- Patient person will be more persistent in his efforts. Quoting the wikipedia definition, Impatient person will likely give up when faced with some serious difficulties.
- Patient person will have less of temper in his personality, atleast he wont be too vocal (in negative sense) about it.

Can handwriting reveal "Patience" ?
There is no one single trait in handwriting analysis that determines patience in an individual. It always helps to break down the trait into different characteristics that define a particular trait- in this case "Patience".
If we look at the different identified characteristics in the previous section, it primarily talks about 4 different traits-

1. Attention to details
2. Lack of Impulsiveness
3. Persistence
4. Lack of temper

Now, the question becomes- Can handwriting reveal the above four traits ? The answer is an "Yes", it very well can.

1. Attention to details is usually revealed by looking at "i" or "j" dots. If the dot is closer to the stem and is formed using a well formed dot (i.e. no slashes etc.).
2. One indicator of Impulsiveness in handwriting is the slant of the handwriting. Usually the extreme right slant in the handwriting indicates a person very much under the influence of emotions and generally impulsive. A person with rather straight slant or moderately right side slant generally is not as impulsive.
3. Persistence in handwriting is revealed by the strokes that end up to the right after completing a star like formation.
4. Temper is usually revealed by the stroke in handwriting that has to do with placement of "i","j" dots and "t" horizontal bar. If the "i", "j" dots are more skewed towards the right rather than on the top of these letters or if "t" horizontal bar is towards the right, it indicates the presence of temper in the handwriting.

So, if i check the handwriting and find a person having all these 4 traits- that means i am dealing with a Patient person ?
Yes and No.
Yes because the presence of these 4 traits to a large extent sum up that a person has patience in his personality.
No because drawing conclusions about Personality trait from one's handwriting is not-so straightforward. The reason is that to make conclusions the handwriting should be looked at more holistically and after careful study of dependent traits e.g. in the above break-up if a person has left hand slant (more Introvert tendencies) and has a temper stroke in handwriting, he may not always be too expressive. It may give an impression that a person is patient but he may not be so deep down.
Similarly, the meaning of analysis may change if we take pressure into consideration.
Also, the meaning might change if we are looking at Signature of a person and the general handwritten note. Having these traits in Signature but not in actual handwriting would mean that the person tend to be patient in public life but in real life he may not be so.

So, the overall analysis of personality may not be as simplistic as knowing a single trait but the above certainly would give pointers to what to look for when determining patience through an individual's handwriting.

1. The origin of this post is attributed to one of the questions posted in Graphology community in Orkut.
2. I will work to put the pictorial view of the strokes explained in section- "Can handwriting reveal "Patience" ?" in some time.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Does your signature reveal your actual personality ?

Consider a large gathering of people and one person at ease delivering a high quality presentation which is appreciated by one and all attending the gathering. Later this person mingles with people, discusses with the post presentation questions again with a smile on his face. After the session gets over the same person goes back home and prefers to be not disturbed and be just left alone for hours together doing an activity he/she likes doing, he speaks to those around him on his own terms largely as single word answers.
Another example say when a person tends to be always on time for meetings, attending calls but when the same guy reaches close to his near and dear ones, he is never punctual, just like to laze around.

These examples suggests that human beings tend to have two different representations of themselves- one largely for public and one that he actually is at the core. Practically, its very hard to separate these 2 representations as the public profile often gets influenced by the inherent personality of an individual. If you just take a look at the day that just went by, there can be more such examples of how we tend to be different in our personal life as against the public life. Though the degree of this variance differs from one individual to the another but such difference exists for sure.

Coming back to Signature analysis, the Signature of a person is synonymous to one's public life. It reveals the characteristics of the personality that we tend to portray to the external world, which is necessarily not similar to what we are at the core of our personality and usually is a more polished way to represent ourselves (depending on the context).

Overall, in my experience- signature reveals a very important information about an individual. The overall personality characteristic of an individual will always be better read and understood when done in conjunction with public personality and the private(core) personality.

So, in overall context of things, a handwriting sample of an individual reveals his core personality traits and the signature reveals the projected public personality traits.

In the upcoming posts, i will be covering more on analyzing Signatures, basically sharing how i go about doing the same. Stay tuned!