Backward slant

The Backward Slant writing is that which slants to the reader's left.

  • Fig. 7 – Backward Slant writing
    Handwriting sample: backward slant writing

In Moretti's Graphology Treatise, the sign is presented very briefly as a sub-genre of the Forward Slant sign, because it is part of the same basic psychological meaning, with the addition of an undertone of eccentricity, "in that the subject would try to conceal his tendency which would be that of Forward Slant and therefore the meaning of the Forward Slant." (Moretti, 1974, p. 275)
The Backward Slant sign, therefore, is affectivity which is masked and concealed, which does not want to appear as such and therefore implements particular strategies to search for the emotional interpersonal relationships which it needs, but which it does not want to admit as necessary for itself.
The Backward Slant sign, in this interpretative framework, seems a reactive mechanism covering an initial relationship need which is frustrated or felt as too weakening for the self.
Backward Slant writing, therefore, is seen first of all as an indicator of the primary need for abandonment, languor and assimilating activity, belonging to the Forward Slant writing. (Moretti, 1974, p. 276)
In second place, we must consider the psychological meaning of the eccentricity, the tendency to contradiction, the difficulty to surrender in that this; "principally indicates strange daydreams, founded on a contorted egoistic sentiment, in that it proceeds with the inferior vertex, preserving the superior vertex that is introduced after the inferior vertex has overcome the process obstacles." (Moretti, 1962, p. 127) The need to be at the centre of other people's attention in order to satisfy the emotional sentiment is cultivated with methods belonging to the spirit of contradiction and the tendency to spitefulness. "In sensuality it has something of frigidity in its methods and mainly for the difficulty of surrendering." (Moretti, 1972, p. 331) It gives an affection directed by suspicion, from which arises the contradiction between the need for emotional abandon, belonging to the Forward Slant sign, and the lack of trust in abandonment itself, belonging to the Backward Slant sign. These two tendencies in open opposition create very strong interior conflicts of an emotional nature. The emotional sentiment of those who have the Backward Slant writing must daily live with the contradiction between the two opposing tendencies, which feeds the jealousies, the exaggerated possessive needs because they are based on a sense of interior insecurity, the suspicions that arise in the mind of those who always doubt the other.
In contexts of contradiction exaggerated or supported by other signs, Backward Slant leads to the temptation to commit suicide as an expression of the intensity of internal suffering and as a form of spite and extreme contradiction towards the person loved.