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Graphology Explained

What is graphology?


Graphology is the analysis of handwriting to reveal information about the writer’s personality and behavior. Regrettably, it is frequently found in bookshops next to pseudo-scientific subjects, like astrology and tarot. Actually, graphology is closer to psychology and psychiatry. Like body language, an individual’s handwriting can communicate character traits.  However, since handwriting involves small, exact, handmade gestures, as compared to the large, sometimes ambiguous, movements made by the body or its parts, it is more precise and revealing than body language.


Handwriting tells us how the writer’s brain functions. For example, people who think quickly will write accordingly, while those whose thought processes are slow and deliberate will write in the same manner.


Script also reveals information about the writer’s mental and physical state at the moment of writing. For instance, a tired person’s handwriting will slope downward on the page, the shapes of the letters may look weak or unfinished, and the writing process will be slow.  On the contrary, the healthy and vigorous person will write energetically, rhythmically, and fluently, reflecting his mental and physical wellness.


Personal character traits are revealed through handwriting as well. Like clothing, it is a visible sign which communicates information. When the style is elaborate, it tells us that the writer wishes to attract attention. This kind of handwriting frequently belongs to public figures, such as actors and politicians.


Graphology also provides useful information which can be used beneficially for personnel screening or detecting forgeries.


Personnel screening can supply management with information about job applicants in order to determine whether a particular person suits a specific position.  For example, professions which entail routines and attention to details require a meticulous and careful person, while other occupations require different personality traits, such as the ability to react quickly to changing circumstances, good public relations, and creativity.


The personality of an accountant, for instance, differs from a salesman’s. Small, well-organized, and regular letters, lacking any attention-drawing or special features, would characterize the handwriting of a person suitable for a routine job. Readable and precise, this type of handwriting reflects someone capable of dealing with the demands of very accurate work.


In contrast, a salesman should be self-assured and excel in making good impressions and befriending new acquaintances. Such a person’s handwriting would be relatively large with elaborate capitals and a big signature. Professionals who deal with people, like social workers or psychologists, will write quickly, fluently, and not necessarily very legibly, with flexible and round letters.  Problem-solvers, with an analytical turn of mind, such as computer programmers, scientists, or mathematicians, tend to write with angular letters.


The graphologist can also advise whether job applicants are suited to teamwork and provide career guidance. In addition, the graphologist can detect potential behavioral or personality problems by analyzing handwriting. For example, an impulsive, aggressive, or dishonest person will write differently from one who is socially well-adjusted. The script of the former will sometimes be characterized by broken, disorderly lines and words. The strokes of the letters may be uneven, pressured, sharp, and angular. Other extreme features may be evident, like being too big or too small, too pressured or too rigid, or completely chaotic.


The other important use of graphology is to expose forged signatures or handwriting.  A careful forger can copy the way another person writes each letter with relative ease, but the graphologist can discover differences about how it was written. Since a forger must copy slowly and carefully, the graphologist can determine whether the signature or document in question was written with a different rhythm, speed, and/or fluency from the original. Sharpness of stroke and writing pressure also provide clues when determining the authenticity of documents.


I hope this introduction has been helpful to the reader as well as shed light on the serious nature and varied applications of graphology.


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