What do Bob Diamond's crazy signature, and handwriting, say about who Bob Diamond really is?

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Clearly the handwriting of a megalomaniac

Clearly the handwriting of a megalomaniac with people issues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bob Diamond's signature is a little wild. It featured on the letter he wrote to Andrew Tyrie yesterday, complaining about the suggestion that he had been duplicitous when he was before the Treasury Select Committee last week.

Most of this letter was typed, but Bob also wrote Andrew Tyrie's name.

This is Bob's signature (his full name is Robert E Diamond Junior):

And this is how Bob wrote Andrew Tyrie:

What, if anything, does this writing say about the kind of person Bob is? What, by implication, can be discerned from your own handwriting when you submit handwritten cover notes (assuming you do) in application for a job? Graphologists have spoken. They say:

1. The giant J for junior suggests Bob might be in thrall to his father

"I'd say he admired his father," says graphologist Genevieve Davison-Smith. "The J is large, which indicates a pride in that suffix."

2. He is repressing something

"The slant at the beginning of the signature is to the left, where as the 'ond' at the end leans to the right. This indicates reserve or that he is trying

to repress his social nature. A rightward slant indicates a man of action, a good mixer, someone who is articulate, socially at ease or impatient," says Davison-Smith.

3. Bob is a nice guy who remains aloof 

The use of blue ink suggests that Bob is good at dealing with people, suggests graphologist Elaine Quigley. "The style of his writing suggests he's calm and controlled and links in with others quite well," she adds. "The left slant indicates he's very individual and likes to do things his own way. However, in his signature it's only the capital letters which are slanted. This suggests a complex character: he's warm and pleasant, but there's more to him than simply being a nice guy.

"He will be running with the pack, but will have his own agenda," Quigley concludes.

Similarly, the fact that his christian name is written as (fairly illegible) initials, suggests Bob is careful about letting people get to know him personally, thinks one graphologist: "He has a nice social manner but isn't keen for people to get to know him intimately at all."

4. The giant J also says he's ambitious and defensive, possibly more 

By writing such a giant J, Quigley says Bob is also saying he's not second rate to his father: "He's a person in his own right and is not going to be told what to do."

The triangular loop at the bottom of the J goes into the "lower zone" says Quigley and suggests Bob also values stability and family.

Another graphologist thinks the big downwards stroke on the J suggests defensiveness, and more. "It's like a big shield, a wall he's placing in front of everyone else," she says. "It's almost a bit phallic," she adds, "but can I say that?"

She also thinks that the big horizontal stroke on the J can potentially be seen as aggressive: "This extends a long way - it's an ambivalent gesture, like when you hold an arm out. It can be seen as welcoming or holding at arms length. It's probing into the world, but is protected by this firm downstroke."

5. He's consistent and reliable 

"His letters are all fairly regular in height," says the unnamed graphologist. "This suggests consistency of attitude and approach, and reliability."

6. Material security is very important to Bob 

"On his signature, he makes the D for Diamond descend below the baseline," points out the graphologist.

As the D goes into the 'lower zone,' it suggests Bob is seeking security. "If letters extend from the middle zone to the lower zone, where they don't belong, it suggests a residual need for security, particularly of a material kind," she adds.

Similarly, the double loop on the 'o' in Diamond may signify defensiveness.

7. Bob wants people to validate him, but is confident enough not to be too bothered what they think

The loop at the bottom of D for Diamond shows sensitivity, thinks Quigley. Bob's writing is of a "garland style" she says - the 'm' is like a 'w' and the n is like a 'u'.

"Garland writing is people-centered," Quigley says. "People who write this way need others to bounce off."

However, Bob's not that bothered: he hasn't dotted his 'i's'.

"People who don't dot i's are confident," says Quigley. "They don't pander to every little thing."