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What does it mean when a person crosses out their signature?

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (46)
Now and then I come across someone who has crossed a line through their signature. Sometimes the entire signature has a line or several lines through it,
Sometimes just the first name or the last name is crossed through.  What does this say about the writer?

  • A line or even several lines crossing out the signature alerts me to the fact that the person is dealing with a desire to remake them self.
  • Sometimes a line is crossed just through the first name which means the desire is in regard to remaking their personal self.
  • If the line is only through the last name the desire is in relation their social self or the family name.  This can occur when a woman is getting a divorce.  She does not want to be associated with her husband or her husbands name
  • If the signature is crossed so much that it is hard to tell what the name is, there is a problem that needs to be addressed as the person is literally crossing them self out.  Fortunately I do not see this very often. Have you ever seen it? Do you do this?

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