Graphic slant

Graphic slant, that is the relationship between the axes of the letters and the real or presumed base line, is a form of analogical language which has a strong visual impact and rarely goes unnoticed: handwriting can be upright, that is perpendicular to the base line, or slant to the right or to the left.
In Morettian graphological language these characteristics give rise to the graphological signs 'Upright', 'Forward Slant' and 'Backward Slant'.

  • Fig. 1 – UPRIGHT handwriting
    Handwriting sample: upright
  • Fig. 2 – FORWARD SLANT handwriting
    Handwriting sample: forward slant
  • Fig. 3 – BACKWARD SLANT handwriting
    Handwriting sample: backward slant

In a sense, graphic slant indicates where the individual places his centre of gravity: whether inside or outside of himself.
Upright or slightly slanted handwriting maintains the centre of gravity inside itself, that is to say the individual places the basis of his relationship with the world inside Self, he lives his individual internal reality as the origin of his construction of reality and from this he relates with the external world.
When the push to the right increases progressively (Forward Slant sign), the centre of gravity moves from internal to external: now the individual is no longer able to perceive himself as autonomous and self-sufficient, but needs a relationship in order to stand. He creates intense emotional bonds which are at the same time very binding for the individual's freedom. Furthermore it limits the possibility for the creative expression of the individual's uniqueness in that attention is constantly directed externally; on the other hand it facilitates the assimilation of external contents.
The contradiction between the two different attitudes poses interesting cultural questions: it is evident that the Upright sign, as an expression of the individual's centring on himself, expresses the cultural aspect which is more consistent with the needs of highly individualistic modern societies. Educational pressures, for example, appear increasingly more intense so that the child shows itself 'autonomous' from an early age. While the Forward Slant sign seems a psychological characteristic which is more consistent with societies in the past, in that, by favouring bonds of association and fusion not only between individuals, but also between the individual and the environment, it stirs the tendency for the individual to identify with the cultural group to which he belongs, limiting at the same time the individual's creativity. On this point Moretti already noted that the Upright sign "more than anything is intentional, because handwriting by its nature should slant to the right. However, those who write with upright handwriting are inclined to adopt it and this needs to be considered." (Moretti, 1945, p. 98)
In Morettian graphology the third movement given by the slant to the left (Backward Slant sign) is not a direct tendency, but it arises as a concealment of the initial tendency to slant to the right. The subject considers it too dangerous to show his need for others and an reversed cover mechanism is implemented: the attention and the need to relate are pursued and implemented through mechanisms of contradiction and spitefulness.

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