Oct. 18, 2011 at 8:27 AM ET
By Kathi McKnight
What does Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales’ handwritings say about them?
Now before all you skeptics scoff (and I know who you are because your "e"s are completely closed with no loop), let me give you the lowdown.
Handwriting analysis is an ancient science which has been around since the days of Aristotle. Most Americans are familiar with handwriting analysis because of the popular "CSI" television series.
What many don’t realize is that this uncannily accurate science is used in over 80% of the corporations in Europe for employment screening. It is also used quite a bit in the US, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. It’s just a little more hush-hush.
What does handwriting reveal? Over 5,000 different traits. There are approximately 4 traits it does not reveal: It does not predict the future, it does not tell the age of the writer, it does not tell the sex of the writer and it does not tell if the person is right-handed or left-handed. Surprised about the last one? Believe it or not, there are just about as many left-handed writers who write with a right-handed slant as there are right-handed writers that write with a left-handed slant.
You see, it’s about the brain impulse, not the hand movement. A skilled graphologist can analyze the writing of a paraplegic even if he must grasp the pen between his teeth or hold it between his toes. It is the person behind the pen, deep inside, that accurately gets expressed when the ink splashes onto the paper. And by the way, no two people write alike, ever.
You were born a natural graphologist. Imagine a sample of beautiful handwriting. What springs to mind? Someone well educated, maybe artistic and probably has their act together?
Now imagine writing that looks like chicken scratch. You would probably presume this writer is either a psycho killer, or a doctor.
The TODAY Show contacted me for my opinion about a mildly controversial issue of whether or not cursive writing should be taught in schools anymore.
Yes, it should. Consider this: In today’s market it is the norm to be tutored on how to tweak one’s resume or coached in advance to give perfect answers during an interview. Handwriting reveals the truth about the writer. The candidate may say they have excellent time management skills, yet their handwriting can reveal they are an employer’s worst nightmare. Handwriting reveals things no computer keyboard ever will.
And another reason: What if an elementary school girl with sloppy writing grows up to be someone’s wife? No big deal, you say? Suppose she sends her husband out with her grocery list and he comes back with BEER instead of BEETS? Ever consider that?
And frankly speaking, it would be a crime to our humanity if handwriting became a lost art.
I was asked to analyze the signatures of your very favorite hosts based on their signature and only simple line of handwriting.
You don’t have to be a certified graphologist to note the flourish and flair in this signature. One cannot miss the huge size of the “L” in Lauer -- the first letter to his last name. A person’s last name represents their family.
In a signature, when the first letter to a person’s name is much larger than the other letters, it represents a very healthy ego and strong sense of self. Can anyone in business, let alone show business, survive if they do not have a healthy ego and a strong sense of self? Would you deduce that his family and family name is important to him? Your deduction would be correct.
You will notice how Matt cleverly uses the (watch out for this technical term) “loopy” large L of his last name to cross the t’s from his first name. While there is a space between the first and last name, they are truly joined as one. Self and Family is now one unit.
There are at least 25 more things I could tell you about the sample, but I’ll touch on three or four more. Matt’s writing reveals his wicked sense of humor, depth of character, and that he maintains a healthy dose of skepticism. Matt’s sentence may read that he does not need a vacation but the way he bends his "t" crossings as if they were an umbrella hovering high above the t stem means he has bent his will on a self improvement program. So he certainly deserves the vacation he says he doesn’t need.
I loved the circle "i" dot in Al’s sentence. His inner child comes out to play. This reveals that when he was a little boy, he made a decision that when he grew up, he was not going to be like everyone else in the neighborhood; he was going to be different and stand out and do what HE wanted.
Just as Liberace included a piano in his signature, Al includes something he identifies with in his. Sunshine and smiles -- one can only assume because he has succeeded in many things, like reaching his goal of not being run-of- the-mill. His writing also shows he takes a lot of pride in what he does and who he is. Do not attempt to argue with Al; you won’t get too far, because he knows he is always right. Just ask him! Al is also very open minded, a most likeable and amiable trait to find.
If you didn’t know her name, would you be able to read her signature? No.
There is more here than meets the eye. This is more than deliberately writing a signature so it cannot be forged. When a signature is illegible, it means the writer prefers to keep their personal life private. Sometimes this is called setting good boundaries. Ann’s overall writing has many sharp strokes indicating she is one sharp cookie. Her insatiable curiosity will always have her asking the question "why, why, why?" until her mind feels satisfied. Her extravagant ending strokes translate literally: She loves extravagance and will enjoy lavishness and the high life after a hard day or month’s work.
Certain indicators in her writing suggest she has investigated something underground; I have a feeling it would make for an interesting motion picture should she decide to sell the movie rights.
Do any of these people ever take a vacation? It’s not what we write but how we write that reveals the truth about us. Natalie’s writing reveals a woman who is heart centered and sentimental, despite her earthy skepticism. Friends and family mean the world to this right-slanted writer and one would be most fortunate to be on her Christmas list come holiday time. Certain structures reveal her to be quite generous. A private person when it comes to her personal life, she is nonetheless heart-centered both at work and at home. While she is tenacious and sees to it the job gets done, the energy of her writing finds her leaning into the future with a fast forward movement. She is not interested in putting on the brakes in her public and professional life and is drawn to an enticing future with all of its possibilities.