Pen Behaviour; Chewer, Clicker, Twiddler...?

Many say you can tell a lot about a person by the pen they carry, but did you know the way we use a pen can reveal subtle clues about our personality?

fingers curled under the pen fingers curled under the pen

The hands are often accredited for holding the most information about our lives, so it comes as no surprise that our writing techniques and pen habits can provide insight into our psyche.

Ahead of National Handwriting Day (23rd January), Pen Heaven have researched and observed our pen behaviour, revealing what it means when we chew that pencil and store it behind the ear!

Rightie or Leftie?

Starting with the basics, left-handed writers are often regarded as better creatives, have a shorter fuse and scare more easily than their right-handed counterparts.

The Pen Grip

Those who favour the ‘power grip’ with a tight fist, applying plenty of pressure to their written word are perceived to have deep emotion and are afraid of getting hurt. Other attributes include a desire to be treated sincerely and a yearning for protection.

the heavy handed writer the heavy handed writer

Commonly associated with a charming and creative persona are those who curl their fingers tightly under whilst writing or sketching.

A pen that is more loosely held, majestically sitting in the perfect grip, portrays a confident user, one that is comfortable in their own skin and not afraid to speak up.

Chewing, Clicking, Nibbling, Tapping

Looking more closely at the implement itself, signs of wear and tear, chewing, or overuse of the ballpoint clicker, also concede further insight.

A sufficiently worn pen exposes a well written hand, perhaps an author or professor who favours the use of paper and ink. They are methodical thinkers, preferring traditional tools over modern day gadgets.

Those who are in the habit of chewing and/ or nibbling on their writing implements are generally nervous souls. Other than not wanting to borrow their pen, this person needs to be handled with care as they are often anxious, thin-skinned and take offence easily.

the pencil chewer

The ‘clicker’ on the other hand, represents a complicated creature, one who can often be found daydreaming. Choosing to click or tap their pens incessantly, this can be a sign of boredom, contemplation and brewing creativity. Equally, frustration and an eagerness to finish the task at hand can be traits of the clicker.

If the pen is neatly stored away after each use, be it in a pocket, holder or solid silver pen box, these all show signs of a perfectionist who likes to be in control. More than likely they will have an immaculate office/ study to match, with their impeccable standard depicted throughout everything they do.

Hard-grafters and those focused on the job at hand may choose to store their pencils behind their ear. It’s convenient and always within reach.

Lack of love and care shows a free spirit, one who does not necessarily regard objects than more than they actually are. Pens may be misplaced and no real bond will ever be made, even with their favourite tool.

So, before you next put pen to paper, take a deep breath, clear your mind and think about what you want to portray with both your words and your actions.

7 thoughts on “Pen Behaviour; Chewer, Clicker, Twiddler...?”

  • Daniel McMahon
    Written by Daniel McMahon on September 25, 2018

    That is very common mostly to students who possess such mannerism.

  • John E O'Reilly
    Written by John E O'Reilly on August 22, 2018

    what does it mean that someone lease the cap off the pen constantly? They are also not tightening caps to deturgent and dishwashing soap.....

    • Gemma Plumbridge
      Written by Gemma Plumbridge on August 23, 2018

      We'd say that leaving the cap off would indicate a forgetful or free-spirited nature.

    Written by JANICE RUSHFORTH-LEE on March 2, 2017

    I am a pen chewer and I think the character analysis sums me upperfectly.

  • Guy Gibson
    Written by Guy Gibson on January 31, 2017

    As a trainer I always keep a supply of non clickable ballpoint pens on me. If someone can't stop clicking their pen I switch it. Very passive aggressive I know and not something I do very often.
    The only problem is that sometimes the clickers turn to drummers and you have to resort to the pencil with the built in rubber!

  • Geneva Waldorf @uk essay writers

    I totally agree. Our gestures can really do tell a lot about ourselves. I'm glad you brought this up. It's important that we take a notice of our psyche as it will help us better understand ourselves. Indeed, we have our own self-concepts, but sometimes self-image and concepts are just too far from reality. I think we ought to learn about ourselves a bit more.

  • Martin Hastings

    As a graphologist, I am fascinated by different types of handwriting and what it reveals about the personality of the writer. We all unconsciously express what is within, as we write, walk, talk, and interact with one another.
    People who write with heavy pressure put lots of energy into whatever they do, and use commitment and drive to achieve their goals. But is the energy they put into their handwriting used efficiently? Sometimes it isn't, and one can see where that energy is used. For example, in creating a 'public image' to impress people, or just worrying about things in a self-involved way.
    There is so much to fascinate and learn when analysing how people write!

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