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With all the technology of computers and cell phones (textingspecifically), you might believe that handwriting is becoming a thing of the past. It may seem like it, but handwriting has endured centuries and will continue to be a part of our lives for a long time to come. Our handwriting is as unique as our fingerprints - no two people have the same handwriting and no two people have the same thumb print. You may think you write like your Aunt Sophie because your handwriting looks like hers, but there are strokes in your handwriting that are unique only to you. Isn't it interesting that we all learned handwriting in the same manner? Our teachers gave out sheets of paper on which we would practice each letter of the alphabet, upper and lower case, over and over again. Each letter had to be formed "exactly" like the pre-printed letter on the first line of this paper. We didn't move on to the next letter until every child could form the letters "properly" and according to "handwriting standards." As we moved up in years, we continued to write, but our handwriting began to change. We hadn't forgotten the "standard" letter formations, but our handwriting began to take on a style all its own. We, suddenly, had a unique way of writing that we were never taught. The basics were given, but we responded to the demands of our individual personalities and our handwriting followed suit. It wasn't a rebellion, it's who we are. You may believe, looking at your own handwriting, that you never write the same way twice or that your handwriting is constantly changing. You would be correct to some degree. We are all this way, however, no matter how differently your handwriting appears at any given time, you will still create your letters with the same strokes which are unique only to you. The underlying strokes that create your handwriting do not change unless you make a conscious effort to change them. This, in turn, would work on changing aspects of your personality. Handwriting analysis is NOT a party trick or party pleaser. Telling a person they have a temper because you see the temper tick in their writing or telling a person they have low selfesteem because you see it in their handwriting would not be accurate unless you could also tell them to what degree these traits affect them as a person. A person who shows a temper tick may rarely lose their temper because they have traits within their handwriting and personality that offset the need to blow their top. You can either be accurate by understanding the person as a whole or completely wrong by offering only bits and pieces of a person. This will determine your success as a Certified Handwriting Analyst.
History of handwriting analysis:The interest in handwriting as an indicator of personality has its origins far back in history. Over 2000 years ago, Aristotle noticed the correlation between handwriting and personality while the Chinese independently also made the observation that there was a connection between character and writing.It was however, only in 1622 that an Italian physician and professor of philosophy at the University of Bologna, published a book describing the analysis of character through the study of handwriting. In the late 1800's, Abbe Michon who was the headmaster of a school in Paris and a respected intellectual, wrote several books on the subject and coined the name of "graphology". Later, his successor, CrepieuxJamin, classified the many features of graphology into a comprehensive system. Max Pulver, a Swiss professor who lectured in Graphology at the University of Zurich used psychoanalysis for the first time in the interpretation of graphology. This line of investigation
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was also followed by AniaTeillard, who worked closely with C.G. Jung for 20 years and applied his typological theories (extrovert and introvert etc.) to the theory of graphology. Alfred Binet, the renowned psychologist who founded the present method of I.Q. Testing for intelligence was a firm supporter of handwriting analysis. He confirmed that certain character traits are reflected in handwriting.
Handwriting Analysis- What is it? Handwriting analysis, or graphology, is the science involved in producing a personality profile of the writer by examining the characteristics, traits and strokes of an individual's handwriting. I know it seems impossible, but a trained graphologist can gather an astonishing amount of information about the writer just from analyzing their handwriting. Besides creating a complete personality profile, many other things are revealed in your handwriting, such as health issues, morality, past experiences, hidden talents, mental problems-- to name just a few.
How it works? Your brain guides your hand. Everything put on paper is a result of a two-way circuit between your brain and the motor reflex muscles of your hand. Thus, your handwriting becomes a Polygraph or Oscilloscope read-out of your "complete self." To you, it's just handwriting, but to a handwriting analyst, it paints a picture of the person "behind the pen."
How to Begin? When analyzing writing style, first look at the handwriting in general, much like you would a painting. Make mental notes of the most outstanding traits and try to get a general feeling of the writer. (After 20 years of experience I can usually put the writer in a category right away.) Then, determine the emotional energy of the writer. This is the most important factor of the personality of the writer. The emotional energy has a direct impact on every other trait displayed in the handwriting. Emotional energy is determined by how much pressure the writer uses when he writes. If you examine the writing you can determine how much pressure was used by how "dark" the writing is. Also, if you turn the page over and feel the underside you can feel how much pressure was used (especially if the sample was written on a soft surface).
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Putting it Together.Now let's mix some of these traits and see what we come up with. A writer with heavy pressure and a vertical slant. Heavy pressure= strong emotions and vertical slant= trying to hold emotions back. This writer is usually the one who keeps his wits about him. When "all hell breaks loose," his head rules. He will not be as emotionally responsive as a right slant writer and will "keep cool". This "heavy pressure-vertical slant" writer won't be able to keep his cool all of the time. When his emotions get the best of him he may "fly off the handle" at unpredictable times. A person with light pressure writing (not much emotional or physical energy) and a left slant (tries to avoid emotional situations). This person will be emotionally withdrawn, cold, indifferent and self centered.
The Slant of the Writing; What Does it Mean?Emotional energy is a combination of the physical and mental energy level. Writers with heavy pressure are usually highly successful. They have a lot of vitality and their emotional experiences last for a long time. Writers who write with average pressure are usually moderately successful and usually have enough energy to make it through the day. Those with light pressure try to avoid energy draining situations. The slant is the second indicator to look for. The slant indicates the writers emotional response to external forces. A right slant (////) signals one who responds strongly to emotional situations. They are caring, warm and outgoing-- their heart rules their mind. A vertical slant (llll) writer tries to keep their emotions in check-- mind rules their heart. A left slant writer (\\\\) will conceal their emotions and is observed as cold and indifferent There are many steps involved in creating a complete personality profile. Using these first two steps you can begin to put together your own "profile" which can be useful in both personal and professional relationships.
Handwriting as a personal trademarkHandwriting is a very personal and individual trademark of personality. As no two people have exactly the same handwriting, signatures have for hundreds of years been regarded as legally binding on documents of all types. A person's handwriting is his own private trademark or seal which cannot be reproduced by any other individual. This was firmly believed by no less a personality than Sir William Herschel who founded the system of identification through fingerprints. He accepted that handwriting revealed character in the same way that fingerprints reveal identity. Alfred Binet, the renowned psychologist who founded the modern method of I.Q. Testing for intelligence was a firm supporter of handwriting analysis and confirmed that certain handwriting traits revealed actual character traits. The French psychologist, Pierre Janet (1859-1947) referred to handwriting analysis as a "science of the future" and described handwriting itself as; "an act which leaves a printout. It is the film record of the writer's sensibilities."
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Graphology:Graphology is the study and analysis of handwriting especially in relation to human psychology. In the medical field, it can be used to refer to the study of handwriting as an aid in diagnosis and tracking of diseases of the brain and nervous system. The term is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to forensic document examination. Graphology has been controversial for more than a century. Although supporters point to the anecdotal evidence of thousands of positive testimonials as a reason to use it for personality evaluation, most empirical studies fail to show the validity claimed by its supporters.
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Etymology:From grapho- (from the Greek , "writing") and logos (from the Greek , "speech"); cf.: Anthropology, Psychology, Biology, Geology. There also exist many other words formed fro