When you read "circle i dots" here did your mind jump backward to the pages of your high school annual? Do you remember seeing the well-wishes penned by some of the girls who added those frivolous touches? They might not be as common these days because there has been considerable changes in the style of writing among teens. I see more and more print-script, which is a combination of cursive and printing and pure printing is quite common too.
Circle i dots do show up still and they indicate such writers want to be different, unique or special or see themselves that way. An idiosyncrasy—one name for the trait.
I did an business analysis of the writing of an employee. I had gotten acquainted with him long before I ever saw his writing. He was a careful, quiet serious man who came across as very controlled and dignified. Never a hair out of place and his suit perfectly pressed. His handwriting reflected all that plus his ultra conservative and perfectionistic approach to life. I had expected his writing to look much that way and it did—except for 3 pages full of large, whimsical round i "dots." They stuck out like flags in his prim disciplined script. I had to laugh out loud because they were such a big surprise. Just how did he see himself as different or unique? How was it manifested? I haven't any idea. For all I know he could have worn polka dot shorts for the fun of it.
Sometimes I suspect there is artistic talent lurking within a person who makes circle i dots. I like to ask about them about that. Some confess a longing to express themselves in some way they aren't doing. Or they make a point to remark, "I like to have things different from other people."
Here's an interesting tidbit for you: Now, don't get nervous; the law isn't after you if you are one of the few who decorate your i dots. But, it is fascinating to know that criminals show a higher percentage of circle i dots than law-abiding folks do. Well, often they do see themselves as special and different and may have enormous egos as a front for shaky self-esteem. They are different from ordinary people, for sure. They are locked up.