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How You Draw An ‘X’ And What It Says About Your Personality
By Mikelle Leow, 25 Jan 2019
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This week, internet users were x-tremely torn at the revelation that there was more than one way to draw an ‘X’. There are eight methods, specifically, and everyone seems to be partial to a different one.
Naturally, people started wondering if personality factored into the eight various styles. Ponder no longer if you’re one of these folks—Brie Schwartz, deputy editor of OprahMag.com, has reached out to certified handwriting analyst Kathi McKnight to decipher them for you.
In a recent poll by BuzzFeed, it was found that most people were inclined towards option seven, which you can find in the image below. That’s not surprising at all, as this was the way many were taught to write in school. As a rule of thumb, those who picked option seven prefer not to go out of the norm.
All other methods are considered to be “regressive,” and indicate that a person possesses “rebelliousness, going back into the past, and negative self-talk,” McKnight says.
Of course, you should take these insights with a grain of salt. Handwriting analysis doesn’t just take into account the order of strokes a person prioritizes—pressure, slant, and size of their handwriting matter too.
In the image below, the colored line represents the first stroke a person scrawls when drawing an ‘X’. Check out what four of these styles might reveal about your personality, and head over here to find out more about all eight types.
If you draw an ‘X’ beginning from the lower right, and then from the lower left, McKnight describes that you might struggle to move forward, despite having expressed the desire to walk away from the past.
Drawing your lines upwards while starting in reverse (bottom left, then bottom right), indicates that you might yearn to take a huge leap from your baggage and move forward, but your past is still tying you down.
According to McKnight, a person who begins writing an ‘X’ in reversed strokes of upper right and then bottom right prefers to go against the grain. In other words, they’re a rebel without a cause.
Since the second stroke is drawn from the top right to bottom left—also known as the “right” way that was taught by schools—it could mean that this person has the desire to work on their ambitions, but might waver back to old habits. According to Oprahmag.com, they might be “driving while looking only through the rearview mirror.”
Once again, it’s important to take all of these with a pinch of salt. After all, this is just one character, plus it’s worth noting that handwriting analysis involves more than reading into the directions of strokes. You can read more about the other four personality types here.
[via Oprahmag.com, images via various sources]
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