The Honest Truth

The Honest Truth

Is there such a thing as a universal value for the “honest” truth?  Isn’t truth colored by personality and up-bringing?  There is the truth from the side of the reader or listener and truth from the side of the author or speaker.  There are many forms of deception which influence the individual in their beliefs about honesty.  In handwriting there are 4 particular traits involving the “O” that affect how the person whose handwriting is in question will relate the “truth”.

Self-deception left-o– if an individual is practicing self-deception how can total truth be achieved between this individual and another?  This trait reveals that the writer does not really know himself. Persons who practice self-deception cannot be relied upon as they may not be realistic.  Self-deception colors what these individuals believe about the environment and people surrounding them.  The trait of self-deception is located in a loop on the left side of the “O” .  The larger the loop the more reality may be influenced by this trait..  If deceit is used as a defense mechanism he or she may actually only see the facts in a way that agrees with their reality.

Secrecy toward others right-o– secretive loops may or may not be accompanied by a self-deceit loop. The secrecy loop is located on the right hand side of the “O” and looks something like this .    Secrecy can be a valuable trait if the loop is small and the person works in a job such as HR where confidentiality is imperative.  How about the person who does not want anyone to know anything about them?  They will actually answer a questions with a question.  This is a defense mechanism and as Handwriting Analysts judgments are not made as to the why of a trait only that it is there and has become an integral part of the individual when doing an analysis.  The secrecy loop is located on the left of the “O” and the larger the loop the more the person will resist sharing information with anyone.  Sometimes the individual has been so secretive for so long that they literally don’t know the truth anymore.

The third is the intentional liar intentional-o– this trait shows in the “O” in this way . This “O” shows both the self-deceit loop and the secretive loop and is tied in the middle.  This is an individual who uses the lie to get his way.  Children who live with parents who prevaricate to make things sound more interesting may be teaching their children that lying is acceptable.  If a child observes an adult lying, the child may decide it is alright to lie to get what they want.  Whatever the reason the person who has a preponderance of this type of “O”s in their writing should not be believed without sufficient information to back up their statements on the subject.

The pathological liar pathological-o– pathological liars show this trait in the double loop in the “O” but the “O” is open at the top. When a pathological liar tells a lie 2 or 3 times he actually begins to believe the lie.  He lies for no reason at all except to get his way.  He may lie to convince others that he is successful or rich.  He may lie for any number of reasons or no reason at all.  This individual may lie when there is no rational need to do so.  This is the person who is written about in Sir Walter Scott’s poem “Marmion when he wrote “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when others we practice to deceive.”  It is hard to remember the truth when enough lies are told.  The trait looks similar to this    in handwriting.

The 4 faces of the “O” in handwriting analysis.  What a small letter to grant us such great insight into the personality of others.

By Terry Deck Shinabarger, CHA & FHE
Vice President, Director of Membership, CHAI