We know it’s very difficult to control the mind. Ask students how frustrated they feel when they can’t concentrate on their studies despite trying too hard. Many young readers, in their letters to Write Choice, tell me they’re fed up with their mind playing truant, especially when they try to focus. As soon as they begin to concentrate, their mind wanders off and they realise it only after a few minutes. Consciously, they bring it back to their books, but like an unruly kid it again tiptoes out of the room.

No wonder then that to describe the uncontrollable restlessness of mind, Swami Vivekananda has compared it to a maddened monkey made to drink freely of wine and stung by a scorpion.

In handwriting analysis, lack of concentration is reflected by a few strokes, such as i and j dots and t-bars. Their placement and shapes or absence, for that matter, manifest an individual’s level of concentration.

Another indicator is the size of the writing. A large writing shows a writer’s inability to concentrate, while a small handwriting, such as Einstein’s (pic A), reflects on the capacity to focus.

Many readers ask me how they can improve their concentration. Graphology suggests a few ways and I’m going to tell you the easiest of them all which students, especially those whose exams are round the corner, will love.

Before you sit to study, for six to seven minutes write in tiny writing (pic B). Remember to dot the i’s and j’s near the stem. The exercise will enable you to shut out distractions. A caution: if your writing is big, don’t reduce the size of your normal handwriting. The size change is recommended only for the exercise. Do send me your feedback on the changes you experienced. All the best for your exams!
This week we are analyzing the handwriting (pic C) of a Mirror reader who wants to be referred to as Raju. He is a very emotional and friendly person. But if he is criticised, he can become very offensive. He feels extremely hurt if anyone challenges his point of view.

For example, Raju is a religious person but he hardly discusses his faith because if anyone ridicules him for that, he’s not going to like it and he will keep thinking about it over and over again. Therefore, in order to avoid arguments, he tries to be sweet and also sugar-coats facts so as not to offend anyone. Similarly, if one tells Raju that one does not like the colour of his shirt, he will never wear that outfit again and will also begin to hate the colour and the critic. He also imagines that people are plotting against him or trying to set him up.
Raju, practise “I will do what I think is good” for 30 days on ruled paper with a one inch margin on the left. Make sure there are absolutely no loops in stems of d’s and t’s (pic D) and cross your t’s higher. Also, slightly enlarge the first letter in your signature. All the best!


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