A study analyzing the signatures of 500 chief financial officers found that signature size is linked only to the dark elements of narcissism, according to PsyBlog.

Positive traits associated with narcissism, such as self-confidence, were not found to be related.

Instead, they noted a relationship between signature size, authoritativeness and exploitativeness.

And, CFOs with the largest signatures were more likely lie about the company’s earnings or relax internal controls.

‘In an ideal setting, you would be in direct contact with executives and have them take a personality test,’ said Dr Charles Ham, one of the study’s authors.

‘But that’s not usually possible. A signature comes directly from the executive.

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