Expert: Angelina Jolie’s Signature Shows Signs of “Stress”

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As breakup rumors continue to swirl, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were more affectionate than usual at the Directors Guild of America Awards over the weekend.

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The long extended final stroke of her last name "can add up to feeling pressured, with a need to protect oneself," handwriting expert Sheila Lowe tells (Similarly, Patti Stanger of Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker recently told Us that Jolie "shows possessiveness and a desire not to lose Brad…but defensive [body language] in case she does.")

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Continues Lowe of Jolie, "Hers has always been an extremely simplified signature, and this one is even more so. It’s like shorthand. It could be a result of stress, the need to keep things on the surface and simple. The extremely long, rightward ending stroke is symbolic of holding others at bay. Think of an outstretched arm: Stand back!" (She also points out that signatures can be more difficult to decipher when written quickly.)

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Bart Baggett, creator of the Handwriting Wizard, says Jolie's signature has "large beginning letters, which indicates confidence and a healthy ego."

After comparing her signature to one from 2006, toward the beginning of her relationship with Pitt, he says "she has learned the art of compromise and has more humility than before.

"The angles, the analytical, masculine qualities are less,” he goes on. “She has more feminine, supportive handwriting.”

Baggett credits this as "more of a mother trait than a demise in the relationship. Her ego is still strong."

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