This trait is complex in its influence in the personality. It illustrates what I have mentioned so many times before—that evaluation of the other traits is key in understanding how the writer is defiant. So, first I would need to determine the intensity score of the trait of defiance (how often does it appear and how strong is it?)
Sorry about all the space around the illustration. I'm still getting on doing to such things the new way.
Note the enlarged bucke of the k. (Read the previous post for more info.) By the way, defiance can also be evaluated even if the stroke indicator doesn't show up. That is also true for most other traits. When certain combinations of other traits appear (such as sarcasm and stubbornness) it indicates a defiant spirit. For our purpose here I am keeping the explanations simple.
If defiance shows up as a weak trait it won't have as much influence, but even a little gives clues as to how the writer views authority. In my personnel work I have seen this indicator show up more and more over the years. Basically, we can say that writers showing it resist restraints on their freedom. So, this can be a risk factor in an employment situation, especially if there are stringent company rules. In a more relaxed cultural environment a tinge of defiance can be a catalyst to challenge ideas and policies.
There are positive aspects of this trait. It strengthens weak personalities. It gives it starch to encourage speaking up when they feel the need to stand up for their rights. It can be a bulwark when faced with tough odds and provide motivation to move ahead despite difficulties. And if they are sensitive feeling people they can be ready to take up a cause for others' injustices. Fairly applied it is a helpful trait.
There are negative aspects, which tend to show up more often. And if combined with other resistance traits the trait can cause trouble in communicating with others. Defiant people, (especially if there is underlying anger like strong resentment) come in with a chip on their shoulder. Since they resent being imposed upon, as they see it, they can get feisty or difficult when they are required to do something they don't want to do. (Remember Ted Bundy's high score for that? Well, he also had defiance.)
Strongly defiant people are ready to take you on because they already have their dukes up, ready for a fight to protect their rights. (And an over-developed imagination can foster lots of reasons why they feel they have reasons for doing it. Bundy had that too.) If there are no inhibiting traits to squelch expression, they welcome conflict and often cause it. Just because the defiance isn't voiced doesn't mean things are not percolating inside. Oh, the resistance may be masked by diplomacy (Bundy was a master) and generosity (he had that too) but the undercurrent remains. The behavior may not be provoked until something happens to set them off. (A right slanted emotional writer will be more inclined to show how they feel.) A very high score implies noncompliance and uncooperativeness. A nasty amount of sarcasm would make them disagreeable too. Pessimism causes a negative 'take' on things. (I have explained those indicators in previous posts.)
Does an employer need that kind of trouble? Would the interviewer pick up clues about this propensity? Probably unlikely. Anybody can be 'good' for an interview. As one of my executive clients said, "You don't hire the same person you interviewed." True. Sometimes you hire a gem who only seemed marginal at first. Other times you hire someone with a serious attitude problem—but who knew until later? My unabashed plug now: sounds like a good reason to use handwriting analysis to get a 'heads up' before hiring. I cannot imagine investing in training someone and then finding later that the problem isn't ability it is attitude.
Now take another look at Marilyn Monroe's writing samples. You will see defiance in both. I surmise that when she was seeking to become 'somebody' it manifested itself positively. As her personality evolved, so did her assertiveness (the size increase and the rightward slant and more lateral ease.) She showed even more defiance in the second sample. She has 3 k letters in each sample that qualify but they are whoppers in the second one. So, she no doubt could be assertive when she felt the need. She was a complex person, so we cannot sum her up in a few lines.
Our subject will change to strengths and I will have a question for you to ponder. Perhaps you will be kind enough to comment.
Elaine Ness, Coach and Certified Handwriting Analyst