By Sheila Lowe, MS, CG
The Trump phenomenon has blossomed into a weird, wacky reality TV show, taking many of us by surprise. Who knew there were so many angry white folks looking for a leader in their quest to “take their country back”? From the standpoint of a handwriting analyst, it would be interesting to analyze the handwritings of all those who are eager to raise an arm in what looks remarkably like a Heil Hitler salute. But since I can’t get all those handwritings, I’ll just have to settle for the man at the forefront of the lunacy (yes, that’s a value judgment).
Note, I posted my analyses of all the candidates a couple of months ago on my website, before the feeding frenzy got so out of control, and even though many of them have already dropped out, they are all still there for anyone interested: http://www.sheilalowe.com/QuestionedDocuments/2016-presidential-candidates
There are no big surprises in Donald Trump’s handwriting, which, in the samples I’ve seen over many years, has always taken the form of block printing done with a heavy felt pen, usually written on a strong diagonal slant. This alone says a lot about him. In general, block printers tend to be unbending, refusing to compromise. They have a strong need for control, setting high standards for others, but not following those standards themselves. The diagonal slant says this is someone who does things his own way and refuses to conform to societal norms. No duh.
In block printing there is a lack of connection from one letter to the next, a sign of difficulty with emotional intimacy. Such a writer has no strong desire to connect with others on more than a superficial level. You may be acquainted with a block printer for many years without really knowing them. The use of a heavy felt pen allows the appearance of warmth without putting any effort into attaining it.
In the handwriting sample seen here, the heavy underlining and excessive punctuation are a sign of dogmatism—he is not going to change his views or his behavior, but he expects everyone else to change to suit him. The capital I, made like a Roman numeral, takes up a lot of horizontal space, another aspect of a need for control. This is a pragmatist who will do whatever is expedient to get his objectives met. One who seeks immediate gratification, Donald is rooted in the here-and-now, not expending a lot of energy on long-term future goals.
The most interesting facet of the handwriting is his signature. The signature serves as one’s public image. It’s what we show of ourselves to others. If one’s signature is similar to their handwriting we can assume that the writer is open and up-front about who they are. When the signature is very different from the text, however, what you see is not what you get. Think ‘man behind the curtain’ in The Wizard of Oz.
Trump’s signature resembles razor-sharp barbed wire, crammed into a tight, hostile package. The final stroke on the “p” slashes backward through his name—never a good idea. Crossing through your name is symbolic of crosses yourself out.
I was struck by how much the signature reminded me of Hitler’s right-hand man’s, Heinrich Himmler, architect of the infamous gas chambers. Himmler’s and Trump’s signatures share a high degree of angles. Handwriting is a combination of curved strokes and straight strokes. When there is an overabundance of straight strokes, they form unbending angles, which represent an unbending personality.
Over the past few weeks I have had the delightful experience of lecturing about handwriting to several middle school and high school classes. Without allowing any personal political bias to show through, I shared the candidates’ handwritings. These kids bowled me over with their insights. Without fail, when they saw Trump’s writing, they totally got his character.
Apologies to anyone reading this who is a Trump fan, but one thing I’ve learned in 50 years of practice, handwriting always tells the truth.