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ENFJ and Graphology

ENFJENFJs are often described as gracious, imaginative, congenial, energetic, idealistic, supportive, and curious. Their dominant function is extraverted Feeling Fe (aka harmonizing) supported by introverted Intuiting Ni (knowing). We had two ENFJs in the room, both Gemini (!), and I was one of them.

Apparently, many ENFJs enjoy writing with a pencil or a light ballpoint. The writing instrument will give you information about the person as well, and in this case ENFJs like to apply only little pressure. Full lower loops in the g's and j's indicate a sociability. If letters are connected and the writing is fluid, that's an indication for making connections with other people.

My sample showed a slightly larger letter size and a script that was not overly right-slanting. In fact, my slant and writing in general was very variable, indicating changeability and chameleon-like qualities. This really resonated because I tend to be who I think the person / client / situation needs me to be. At the same time, the sample showed original thought, creativity, and healthy word spacing.

Many of my letters have straight lower lines instead of lower loops. The straight line, e.g. in the y's indicate that it's ok to be alone, and in fact I enjoy being alone. That resonated, too.

Both our samples showed clear communication in that our capital letters don't have much of a preamble or lead-in stroke. We basically start our conversations like we start our letters: jumping right in.

I hope you've enjoyed the little excursion into graphology this week! I had a great time at the meeting, and if you're open to programs that examine Jung's Type and the MBTI(r) and all their correlations and applications, I invite you to check out your local Association for Psychological Type Chapter. Some of us advertise in meetup groups as well. Either way - join the conversation!



ENTP and Graphology

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ENTPs are often described as enterprising, challenging, curious, objective, analytical, clever, and outspoken. Their lead functions are extraverted Intuiting Ne (aka brainstorming) and introverted Thinking Ti (aka analyzing) in the dominant and auxiliary position, respectively. Our ENTP writer in the meeting wrote in quick, sharp points. In this case it did not show an overly aggressive emotional foundation. The angularity indicated he enjoys debate, and that assertiveness and rapid responses would be a strong point for this person. Heavy pen pressure indicated emotional depth and mental acuity.



INFP and Graphology

INFPINFP's are often described as virtuous, idealistic, concerned, introspective, deep, and complex. Their lead functions are introverted Feeling Fi (aka valuing) and extraverted Intuiting Ne (aka brainstorming). In the writing sample, we saw the INFP was mentally quick, illustrated by sharp points in his script. This INFP was a talented writer with some re-traced stems in his m's, and a generally laid-back style. The garland connectors again indicated kind-heartedness, and a right slant showed quick reactivity to circumstances and emotions.



ISFJ and ESFJ Graphology

ISFJ ESFJBoth Types share the introverted Sensing Si (aka reviewing) and extraverted Feeling Fe (aka harmonizing) function. For ISFJ, the dominant is Si, supported by Fe.

For ESFJ, the dominant is Fe, supported by Si.

ISFJs are often described as dependable, considerate, patient, practical, and service-minded. That comes out in their writing with closed circle letters, indicating quietness. Curved garland connectors indicate kindness. The sample we reviewed in our meeting showed a healthy baseline with a slight bounce in the letters.

There was also a tendency to use the right-hand side of the margin, indicating future orientation. The desire to serve can be seen in the sweeping ending of the e's - as if a hand was reaching out to help. Wavy lines indicate humor.

ESFJs are often described as consistent, sympathetic, outgoing, harmonious, and tactful. For the ESFJ samples in the room, both had wide left margins and a well-organized page. Both also showed extensions on their letters and loops in their d's and t's stems. These loops can indicate a need for approval and positive feedback.

I've also noticed those loops in my writing, and as ENFJ I share the dominant extraverted Feeling function.



Personality Type and Graphology

From At our recent DFW APTi chapter meeting, we welcomed Karla Garrett to help shine a light into how our Jungian functions come out in our handwriting.

According to Karla, our writing reveals information about our emotional foundation, communications, mental processing, and fear or defense mechanisms.

Letters with a circle in them, like o's or a's reveal communications. If the loops are open, the person is likely to be open and easily share personal information. If the loops are closed, the person is likely to communicate more easily about business than personal matters. Twisted circles may indicate deliberate deceit, and intrusions into the circles may indicate past abuse. For people with a violent streak, the brain will cause the pen to stop and the ink to blot. Looking at the e's in your writing will indicate your listening skills - narrow e's may indicate restricted hearing, while open e's may indicate you're a good listener.

Mental processing can be glanced from m's and n's. Rounded tops show slow, methodical, cumulative thinking. Pointed tops would indicate curious, investigative thinkers. Rounded bottoms of m-connections would indicate a comprehensive, intuitive thinker. In combination, this may mean that someone who writes closed a's and round m's is slower to speak and may be processing.

Punctuation, particularly the way you cross your t's also holds information. Crossing your t at about 3/4 height shows you set practical goals. If your cross is lower to the base, you may lack confidence. Crossing the t right at the top shows you're shooting for high goals and may actually be chronically disappointed. Someone who crosses their t above without a connection to the letter is likely an inventor or idealist (not in the temperament sense).

ISTJFor example, someone with ISTJ preferences is generally described as objective, dependable, orderly, thorough, reliable, and realistic. This will likely be demonstrated in their writing by a steady baseline, regular size of writing, and measured consistency. Margins in their documents will be organized, and punctuation will be precise. Letters with an upper and lower loop, like the f will likely show even-sized loops.

The upper loop indicates mental processing, the lower zone indicates action. Since all Types have balanced functions in terms of judging-perceiving as well as introverted-extraverted, we might expect all Types to have equal loops. We haven't discussed it in the meeting, but one guess would be that dominant perceiving functions' upper loops would be more pronounced, and lower loops would be more pronounced for people with dominant judging functions.

When we sent out the invitations to this event, some people criticized the premise of graphology as unscientific and not trustworthy. Personally, I like to keep an open mind. Sure, evidence may be anecdotal and it may not fit for everybody. It certainly depends on where you learned to write, e.g. in Germany, our capital I's, all r's, and small f's are simply different. And let's not forget children now don't even really learn how to write cursive anymore. Does that mean their personalities will develop differently? I don't know. Limiting our understanding of ourselves to any one model is never going to give us a complete picture though. I like my input from various sources before I decide whether I believe it or how I'll continue to use it.

If you'd like to learn more, here's a more detailed article on Type and Graphology. I'll also post our chapter's findings for those who were at the meeting over the next few days.