How You Write An “X” Determines Your Personality



We in the main all learn to write the same way from children, but as we grow older, we do develop a sense of style all of our own.

Pen strokes can give an insight into our personality, especially the way we write an “X”.

While the drawing of two lines is simple enough, experts find that not everyone draws the letter in the same way.

The direction in which you draw the lines can reveal some pretty interesting personality traits or interesting facts about your mindset.

For some, their approach suggests they are “stuck in the past” while others are “trendsetters”.

Oprah magazine asked handwriting analyst Kathi McKnight to shed some light on what each style means – so what does your writing style say about you?



The colored line in the image is the first stroke, with the black line being the second.

How do you write your X? Credit: cyanpotato/Twitter
  1. Stuck in the past

Kathi says that if you write your X with two reverse strokes, and start from the lower right, it indicates that while you may have an urge to move forward, you are mentally stuck in the past.

  1. Trying to escape your past

If you draw both lines moving forward, yet start in reverse — from bottom left, then the bottom right you are a renegade. You have a strong desire to erase and escape your past and move forward, but it still has a grip on you…

  1. What a rebel

The reversed strokes starting top right are the sign of a rebel without a cause. You don’t want to conform or fit in but have zero reasons for your determination to fight societal norms.

  1. Focusing on the future

Only your second stroke is drawn the “normal” way top right to bottom left it implies that while you’re trying to focus on the future, a part of you is still tempted to go backward as if you’re driving while looking only through the rearview mirror.

  1. Live by your own rules

The first half of this X drawn from top right to bottom left is made “correctly,” but the 2nd drawn from bottom left to top right is written in a reverse direction. According to Kathi, this is evidence that you live by your own rules.

  1. Trendsetter

You start your stroke from the bottom left, and out of order, you’re a trendsetter and you own it.

  1. Stick to the norm

Most people write their Xs like this, according to Kathi, as it is how schools teach us to write our letters, going from left to right. Sticking to this method as a grown-up is an indication that you don’t tend to stray from the norm, and you value order and balance.

  1. Thinking outside the box

Like most of these choices (besides 7), if you start from the top right, Kathi says it’s evidence that you prefer to think outside of the box.