A person’s handwriting – the script – and its placing on the page express the unique impulses of the individual: logically, the brain sends signals along the muscles to the writing implement they control. By examining a handwriting sample, an expert graphologist is able to identify relevant features of the handwritten script, and the way the features interact. The features, and interaction between them, provide the information for the analysis. (No single handwriting sample will exhibit all 300 different features of course – a typical analysis will involve far less).
No single handwriting feature proves anything specific or absolute by itself; a single feature alone can only identify a trend. It is the combination of features, and the interaction between them that enable a full and clear interpretation.
Graphology is actually a very old and respected science – the study of handwriting and its analysis was first developed by the Chinese 3,000 years ago. The Romans used graphology, and through the centuries since then various civilizations and cultures have analyzed handwriting to identify the essence of the person who produced it.
The modern approach to handwriting analysis was established by a group of French clerics, led by Abbe Michon, who defined key aspects of the science in the 1870s, after 30 years of study. This work formed the basis of modern graphology, although the science is still being researched and expanded today.
Graphology is a technique that allows us to become knowledgeable of ourselves and also explore those who surround us. It is the study of human personality through writing. Is a projective personality test that let you know temperament, genetic factors that lead our behaviors, biological basis, and character. Our behavioral habits and reactions character acquired through life based on life experiences.
Through the study of letters called graphological analysis, it is possible to study patterns of writing that identify the psychological state of a person and to evaluate the characteristics of their personality. It is an economical method, fast and exact.
It is applied as a complementary graphical projective technique of psychology in order to detect slight or profound conflicts and to contribute to diagnosis and follow up. It is also applicable to other areas such as medicine, psychiatry, law, criminology, education and personnel selection in companies.
The tools that are necessary for graphological analysis are as follows:
- A spontaneous text as large and complete as possible shall be required (a letter longer that a single page, dated and signed, directed to someone of trust).
- Present and previous writings shall be required.
- White, plain paper, without lines nor grids.
- Paper size used is A4.
- The pen must be the one that the individual uses regularly. If the person does not have a preference, a normal tip point is offered.
In order to study graphisms, Strokes, down strokes, up strokes, Ovals, Upper extensions, Lower extensions are identified.
Graphotherapy is the act of writing i.e. therapeutic. Through writing “we exteriorize in words”, thoughts, wishes and emotions, which we “liberate” by expressing them in the sheet of paper. Graphotherapy or graphical re-education is a branch of graphology, whose goal is to modify the graphical gesture in a conscious way, in order to produce changes in personality at a subconscious level to improve innumerous challenges. It is a complementary tool to other disciplines such as psychology, which is based on the rational execution of universal movements, which are incorporated with repetition of graphical exercises. Graphotherapy may be applied in multiple scenarios. It can improve ability for concentration, memory, school performance with the consequent improvement in self-confidence and self-esteem in children. It is a tool for parents to get to know their children, monitor them and guide them in the right path. It is useful for rehabilitation after brain damage, dysgraphia, dyslexia and Parkinson.
Thus Graphology is the pseudoscience of changing a person’s handwriting with the goal of changing features of his or her personality…..
Prof Manjusha Tatiya
Dept : Computer Engg,
Indira College of Engineering & Management,