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Saturday, March 14, 2009

When people write in all capitals

When someone writes totally in capital letters it's because they don't want who they truly are to be seen. They may well be totally unaware that that is why they are doing it, but that doesn't change the fact that it is!

People who are just looking for clarity sometimes print. Engineers, accountants, architects are some of the employment groups who very often print because exactness and accuracy are so important in their line of work.

However, capital letters provide no further clarity than printing, so all caps is not done for clarity.

The least possible is revealed from writing in all capitals. Printing shows less than script, but when all the writing is in capitals, it hides even more.

Most handwritten ransom notes, for example, are written in all capitals!

You can get something from it however. For example, the slant will still tell you the emotional make up of the writer (the farther to the right, the more the emotional expression), and the heaviness of the writing will still tell you how deeply emotions affect this writer.

There are a few other indications that will still show through in all capital writing, however, the main thing to think about is that this person, knowingly or unknowlingly, is hiding themselves away. The question is "why?"

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47 comments:

  1. THANKS FOR YOUR "PROFESSIONAL" OPINION, BUT I THINK THAT IT LIKELY A GENERALIZATION, NO? I WRITE IN CAPITALS BECAUSE I STARTED ONE DAY AS A KID AND FOUND IT EASIER TO WRITE QUICKER THAN PRINTING SMALL CASE OR SCRIPT. i ALSO HAPPEN TO BE THE MOST OUTGOING AND TRANSPARENT PERSON, POSSIBLY IN THE COUNTRY. (AT LEATS ON MY BLOCK ANYWAY). ALMOST NOTHING IS HIDDEN AND I LOVE SHARING LIFE WITH PEOPLE,BOTH MINE AND THEIRS. SO... I DON'T THINK YOUR THEORY IS BULLETPROOF.
    SIGNED, MR. HIDING N. CAPITALS. :D

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    1. So funny that you took this article as a personal attack. So funny that it's point went right over your head. Just because you are an open person doesn't mean that you are not hiding something. Many people can put on a face and pretend to be someone they are not. Many people never let anyone see who they truly are, and you may be one of those people or you may not be, but the person clearly stated, "They may be totally unaware". I find writing in all caps is difficult, obviously you do too judging from that typo of the lower case i. My point is about that, that writing in caps is easy for you because it suits you, not the other way around.
      Signed,
      JOYCE.

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    2. wait... so One cannot know if they are truly hiding something?? Oh sorry, I didn't know that I didn't want you to know that. If this is the case then they must have split personality disorder!

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    3. THIS ANALYSIS IS HOGWASH. I WRITE IN ALL CAPS AND HAVE NOT A THING TO HIDE.

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  3. In my experience, people who write in all caps, especially in an email, generally have poor writing skills. Their ALL CAPS WRITING helps cover up errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling by confusing the reader with such an unfriendly script.

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    1. Chris, I agree with you most!! I also feel the person is not so much hiding something as they are showing they are being serious (all caps) and want to be heard. Its why people feel they are being shouted at. I do both to show expression when necessary since text tends to not show emotion or attitude.

      And @Silly its not "EXPLANATION" mark its "EXCLAMATION".

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  4. I write in all caps because I was taught to do so in school. I am an Architect by trade & just learned to always write this way. My mother happens to write in all caps too. I am not sure why though. She is a former librarian & now works in the court system. Maybe this has something to do with it. I doubt I am hiding anything & I am pretty good at writing, rarely having grammatical errors.

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  5. I just posted my store and wrote in capital letters to say hey I'm here my name is .... They replied to me that I was shouting at them. What ? Well, I like to write in all caps but now I know that some people gets offended by it.And the reason I use caps its because I just like it.I can see them better.But now that you ask why? I think that maybe I just write in caps to put a front you know like a more serious less personal feeling . For me ALL CAPS = More serious less warm approach.

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  6. I write in all caps because I think my handwriting looks about 30 times better then writing lowercase. My English teacher says that it is wrong to write in All Caps even though I make sure that the capital letters that are SUPPOSED to be capital are bigger then the ones meant to be lowercase.. IF I was yelling at someone then my letters would be supersized, otherwise, I write my letters fairly small besides supposedly capital letters. All Caps makes me feel TONS better about my handwriting.

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  7. According to Neticate, it is indeed offensive to write in all caps. So, it is an absolute no-no while you are writing an email.

    While using the keyboard to write, having a good or band handwriting does not really matter.

    Any given day, writing on with capital letters is not acceptable and is abnormal( unless it is a brochure or a newspaper heading or a leaflet for a product or a service).

    But, it is a different matter when you are using a pen or a pencil to write. Writing a letter or note, using all capital letters, does reflect that the writer, knowingly or unknowingly does not wish to divulge his/her true nature. Being an extrovert does not necessarily mean one's life is an open book for all to read...:)

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    1. you can't spell mate! and FYI, an explanation mark is used to indicate that you are shouting or emphasizing a point.

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    2. Hey BOZO! What the hell is an "EXPLANATION" mark anyway? LOL

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  8. I think you got something. So I got a letter from a guy that I barely say anything to, friendly how are you's. He looked like a really well put together kind of person. dressed nice and very polite. I didnt see him for a while and all of a sudden I get a letter from him. He wrote in all caps. I thought that was sorta strange. His words were very carefully choosen. Before I decided to respond, I looked into him and found out that he was in jail and he is being accused of molesting a kid. Maybe your right. Need less to say, I didnt respond.

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  9. I began writing (and by writing I mean physical writing with a pen and paper) in all CAPS because I was tired of people not being able to read my handwriting (it was pretty bad). After I did that I had many less comments about not being able to read what I wrote, so I just stuck with it and I write in all caps.

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  10. This article definitely generalizes to a degree. I write in all caps simply because my standard print was far too messy and difficult to read. Teachers complained about it for years. One day, I discovered that my writing was significantly more legible if I wrote in all caps. So I've done it ever since.

    Perhaps there's something to be said for why my standard print was so messy to begin with, but there's nothing to be read into the fact that I write in all caps. It wasn't born from some unconscious impulse - it was an intentional change to make my writing easier to read.

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  11. This is clearly a generalization.

    One thing that stands out to me is the comment that many ransom notes are often written in all capital letters. Did you know that most serial killers are white men? Do you know what that says about white men? Nothing.

    Perhaps when people are trying to make a point, or seem direct they choose to write in all capitals [perhaps], however that says nothing of people who write in all capital letters on a regular basis.

    So maybe something can be said of an individual who chooses to go out of their way to alter their normal writing style and opt for all capitals, but those who normally write in all capitals may simply choose to for a specific reason and not as an affect of some subconscious desire.

    Much like "A Lack of Better" I use all capitals when printing because I had very messy writing when young [for whatever reason] and got many complaints from teachers. My father introduced me to the concept of using all capitals when I was about ten and it resulted in my writing style becoming much neater. I've done it ever since.

    On a side note, I have never nor will I ever write a ransom note.

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  12. I agree with the majority of comments here, I certainly write (handwrite that is) in all capitals because I find that my normal handwriting is much too scruffy and illegible to be comfortably comprehended. It is all very well and good people claiming that text written in capitals is harder to read, but I can barely read my lowercase handwriting at all. It had nothing to do with covering up my grammar errors, and is nothing whatsoever to do with my general writing skill.

    I am a university student, so I have to write a lot of notes at a very quick pace during lectures, and my handwriting gets even worse when I am writing under time-pressures, so for me there is no alternative, short of dragging a computer to lectures every day.

    I wouldn't dream of typing an e-mail or document up in all capitals, because it does seem too aggressive and unnecessary given the printed format of word-processed text.

    As for it being some way of 'concealing' 'hidden intents' that is just gross extrapolation and completely sensationalist. To be honest, I had a mild interest in graphology a few years ago (being a psychology student) but it is all very subjective and there are too many external factors such as aesthetic preference, dexterity and physical skill, the mind set of the writer at the moment of writing, the type of pen used, the pragmatics of the document... It just lacks any sort of internal or external validity, but it is an appealing concept- being able to see into peoples' deep dark desires through their handwriting, which is no doubt the reason it is so popular.
    I'm not hating, it's just the truth.

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  15. This hypothesis is certainly false. I'm a very expressive writer and am infatuated with hand written typography. I can write in 7 different scripts (Arabic, Sanskrit, Greek, Russian, Latin, Japanese[+Chinese], and Korean) in either great (almost robotic) clarity or somewhat stylized and quick.

    When writing in English, I very often use lower case non-cursive letters when lecturing in front of a black board. When I want to be expressive, or write notes for myself, I write in all capitals. There is a catch though: I have a custom set of letters and ligatures that I have developed for myself to write extremely efficiently (very little strokes) and quickly in all capital letters.

    The existence of example like this destroys this theory. A statement like "When someone writes totally in capital letters it's because they don't want who they truly are to be seen," couldn't possibly be true. I use my stylized handwritten capital letters when I want to be expressive and artistic; my lower case monotonous letters (with no ligatures) when I want to be extremely clear.

    On what assumptions was this theory based and what empirical data substantiates it?

    -- Artur Jackson

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  16. Well when i type on a PC I do small regular, but when i write on paper with a pen or so, I always do all Caps.. Its a habbit for me and I can't break it.. I have tried, I'll start writing normal with lowe case and upper case and by the time I know it, its back to just capital letters. I dont mean too, I dont know if there is anything I'm hiding, I have been thinking if there is something, but I just can't think of anything worth hiding lol. Who knows....

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  18. A lot of you people are retarded. Okay, so you're not a kidnapper because you write in ALL CAPS (although it's funny to call you that), but first of all, you JUST DON'T write in all caps. It looks stupid, and studies have shown it's harder to read than standard case. And why not just write in all lowercase? like not capitalizing the first letter in sentences, or names, or i. Why does it have to be one extreme or the other? Standard writing is a mixture of both cases.

    And what the hell are you talking about it's easier to write in majuscule than lower case? It's the same motions, straight lines and curves! That's like saying you have an easier time writing in French than Spanish. It's the same damn thing! Lines and circles and pen motions! It's all just some arbitrary system we created.

    I was trying to be open to what commenters were saying, but the more I thought about it, the more questions it raised. Like, how can you even have bad handwriting? It's not like a skill people are born with--I mean, yeah, some are naturally more dexterous with the ink, but most should get by with at least some legibility. Just take your time and do it right, don't rush through it with some chicken scratch!

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  20. @KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL Believe it or not your point was so hard to read it had no validity. Sorry but the truth hurts.

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  21. @mbenz38o ARE YOU BLIND? HOW IS IT HARD TO READ ALL CAPS? REALLY? YOUR BRAIN CAN'T COMPREHEND SMALL LETTERS TO BIG LETTERS? THAT'S YOUR STUPIDITY IN THE WAY NOT HIS CAPITOL LETTERS DIPSHIT.

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  22. All caps does have better clarity - your post even mentions engineers, scientists, architects using them for accuracy. What makes them accurate is being able to read it easier - thus less mistakes. Comic strip writers often use caps too for the same reason.

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  23. As a professional handwriting analyst, I have found that people who always use CAPS exclusively, want desperately to be seen , to be noticed , to be heard, to be an authority, or to make a point.
    At the same time, they do not want anyone to know their real inner selves or their true motives. There can sometimes be quite a bit of "heat" behind some heavy writing. There can be a " How dare you not take me seriously. Who do you think you are?" kind of intensity."
    This is only my personal take on studying handwriting for over fifty years.

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  24. Okay. First off, I think people are relating two different aspects of handwriting. Capital letters vs. size of the writing. Using ALL CAPITAL letters which are large and of uniform size (height) MAY or may not be a sign of anger, haste, or necessity for control. It may also be related to a profession, as noted above. Using all capital FormationS in handwriting, with regularity, uniformity, and a specific differentiation between 'upper case' and 'lower case' letters based on size (upper case M is taller than lower case M) is actually most likely tied to a desire for clarity, equality, and harmony within an individual. Call it conformity if you wish to, it's a free country. It also is regarded by some to denote genius in an individual, as more people of a higher intelligence do this vs. societally standardized writing styles.

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  25. As a Taxation Accountant, block print was required on all forms, after a few years of only writing in a uppercase font the motor skill becomes a permanent writing style.

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  27. Well I`m sure everyone has something to hide regardless on using all capitals or not.
    I print in all caps mostly. I got into it because of the way paperwork I had to fill out on the job required it for clarity. Just stuck with it.
    I really must laugh at how much this seems to have gotten a rise out some of you commenting and arguing here. Is there a handwriting analysis to out anal people? I mean really, who gives a shit!

    This was fun, have a good day everyone.
    Keep smiling!

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  28. Another Architect here, I also use all Caps, not to hide anything but out of habit now. Stemming from being old enough to have started in the pre-CAD age, working on a drawing board. Back then labelling on drawings could be done by stencil (still likely to be all Caps) or hand written in all Caps for clarity as the drawings formed contractual documents.

    Hope this has added some clarity as to the real reason most Architects at least use all Caps. As you can see I don;t try and hide anything (subconsciously or consciously) when I type.

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  33. I am left handed and I write in capitals because I have a writing disability and I find it easier to write my letters that way. If I write any other way, my writing becomes untidy and unreadable, not because I have something to hide..

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  34. You haven't actually given a reason why you think they're trying to hide something. Maybe more people would be convinced if you explained a bit more, rather than just stating it as fact with no explanation.

    Also, I kind of disagree. All caps handwriting can differ vastly from one person to another; each with their own quirks and forms of expression. I'm each variant reveals something about the individual. It's a sweeping statement to simply say they're trying to hide something.

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  35. I know someone who uses all caps and that person happens to be controlling and frequently hides things. Coincidence? Maybe...but the truth.

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  36. And What do You have to Say About People Who Capitalize The First Letter of almost Every Word... I'd be Curious to Know...

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  37. There's a difference between writing in all caps and typing in all caps. My handwriting doesn't look like shouting, but if I TYPED IN ALL CAPS, it certainly does.

    Also - graphology is relegated to a pseudo-science, much like phrenology, astrology, etc. Many studies have shown that it's about as accurate as a psychic doing a cold reading and just giving you a bunch of generalizations.

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  39. I started writing in all capitals when i was heavy into reading comic books I liked the comic sans script as a kid so I started writing in all caps

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