Let's talk about generosity. Here I have 3 handwritings that illustrate some factors about this trait. If you consider how copybook endings look (please check the category to review it) you will see that the endings are not sweeping. You get the feeling they are adequate to get the job done of completing the legible word but Ms Copybook gives absolutely no more than is necessary. (Illustration #1 would not qualify as you see the strokes stop short and are clipped and the writing is over-controlled.) Even with copybook you get the feeling of a checked stroke; one that is carefully controlled on purpose.
That observed: if we think about what the trait of generosity implies it is easy to surmise we should see some further (I should say "farther" degree of expansion at the conclusion of the majority of words.)Generosity means that you give more than is required; you go beyond duty and "that's all I am leaving behind" and do more. (Like Example #2 shows.)
By way of review, also consider that lack of lateral expansion shows intrinsic tightness or restriction within the person. So, even though such writers give it is never with total freeness. Right slanters who naturally want to move toward others may be generous because they are easily affected by their feelings. However, while right slanters tend to be more emotional strong controls can inhibit them from expressing how much they are feeling. The lateral compression serves as a restraint. They first consider the cost to themselves of resources, whether time, money, energy. The motive may be altruistic but the inner conservatism checks spontaneous action. Here we are speaking of how the person thinks about giving and what they do about it.
Vertical slant writers who also have tight writing are not spontaneous givers. They may give but they think a lot about it first. They have their reasons, which may be humanitarian in nature or because they believe it is the "right thing to do." They may give because of principle and duty. It also may be altruistically impelled.
Such folks may choose gifts with great care and pleasure. And they may also think carefully about the distribution. When I worked in a jewelry store it was entertaining to see how some last-minute Christmas shoppers would come in, patrol the cases silently as if trying to locate something, find it, make a selection of the whole set of something and announce that he would "give her the earrings for Xmas" and save the pendant "for her birthday." (Often the wife had already given him clues about what and where to find what she really wanted so she already knew there was a set.) His explanation was that then he didn't have to worry about a separate gift for the second event. He would sign the credit slip (often a printer or a vertical cursive writer) and confirm what I expected to see in his writing. He had no idea why I would have to squelch a chuckle as I anticipated she would come in later to check if the second part was still for sale. "I'll bet he bought the rest of it for my birthday." A bit miffed because she wanted the whole works at once. And we store folks said nothing.
The clearest indicator of a stroke formation of generosity is an outward extension of the final stroke of a word. It must be a gentle curve, not an angle. Curves are soft and generosity is a gentle trait, which would be nullified by angles. (They show some degree of tension or sharpness wherever they appear.)
Writers with space between letters give themselves more internal room to give. Add right slant and spaced out writing plus word endings with curve and sweep (within reason) and you are looking at natural givers. They are often hospitable too. Maybe they slip someone a bit of change because they feel and see the need and then they move on without calculating the cost to themselves. Their resources are to be shared and enjoyed. They are not likely to balance their checkbooks first.
Example #3 shows extravagance. The ending strokes are excessive. If many show up in a sample it indicates the writer lays it on heavy by over-giving time and again. And so the plot thickens. The reasons behind the excess giving, whether to self or others can be many and complex. A few: people give to get attention, because they are acquisitive by nature and so they have to move some things out to fit more in, because they cannot deny themselves much of anything or they give in to temptation to possess. Maybe excessive pride makes them want to gain stature in the eyes of others. Well, there are lots of clues in writing samples that may explain the reasons.
Generosity is helped by such traits as broadmindedness and empathy, and so it is a delightful trait to find. Yes, it can be cultivated but for some people it is a gift that just comes naturally. Rejoice if you already have it. There really is "more happiness in giving than in receiving." Jesus said that and exemplified it too.
This hardly does justice to the subject of generosity. In fact it is inspiring me to prepare a seminar program for my fellow analysts around the U.S. and Canada, which could easily last a full day. I enjoy doing them.
I will be doing a seminar on November 7th in Buena Park, California, which is open to anyone who would like to come. More on that soon in another post or feel free to e-mail me directly for details if you are anywhere in the area of Orange County.