Your Signature as Your Public Self-Image

How many us dream of giving autograph like a big celebrity? Do you imagine people flocking to you and ask for your most admired signature. I was taken back for a moment, when some students asked me for a autograph with a signature. Nevertheless it is a great feeling. A signature represents public self-image,how one behave in public, act around other people, your social persona. In other words –
a.What one think of yourself in public
b.What you like others to think of you and
c.What you think others think of you

Many of us acts differently in public (school or college, work etc) compared to private (relationships, home, friend etc). Some of us feel insecure or feel fine based on situation. Then there are people, they become lively in party and dull in one-to-one basis.

Why does your signature symbolize your public self-image?

Lets consider a simple psychological deduction, when we write sentences and paragraphs, we communicate feelings and ideas. That is the conscious focus, when you get to your signature, thought, you are communicating something completely different; you are leaving your name, your self, your public identity on the page. If the signature looks nothing like the rest of writing, then person is actually telling that his public behavior is nothing like his private behavior; what you see is not what you get.

Lets take couple of examples-

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Lets take a look at the first one among the two, if the signature is the same as the rest of writing – that is, if the size, style, slant, pressure, spacing are pretty much the same, as we see here in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s writing, then this means the person behaves the same way in public as in private. What you see is what you get.

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Now lets take another example of Walt Whitman’s (Poet) sample. His signature is much larger than writing, this signifies someone screaming to be seen and heard. The person with this trait feels small inside, and to compensate he comes on extra big, cocky, attention-seeking.

Stay tuned to read more about signature styles and their significance. We hope you enjoyed reading this article, we welcome your suggestions and feedback. God bless you all!


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