Graphologists study handwriting in the hopes of developing clues to that person’s psychology. Graphology is a term which is sometimes erroneously used to refer to forensic document examination. Medical doctors use graphology as a way of diagnosing diseases of the brain and nervous system, tracking them as they progress.
The accuracy of graphology is in question. Supporters cite testimonials that point to graphology as an effective means of personality evaluation. However, graphology has yet to be scientifically proven.
Graphology is based upon a few simple principles. Handwriting is unique, and the author of a text can often be identified taste on handwriting alone. As we write, we subconsciously use familiar letter shapes. Our internal conditions can affect the shape of the letters. Through a person’s handwriting, we can infer their emotional and mental state, biomechanical problems like tendonitis, and even alcoholism and Parkinson’s disease.
Graphologists carefully study handwriting, evaluating the consistency, quality, rhythm, and movement of every stroke, every letter. Interpretations vary amongst graphologists, depending on which theory they prefer.
If you would like to try graphology for yourself, the following table can help you to evaluate what you see.
|Slant of the letters||
|Angle of the lines on unlined paper||
|General shape of the strokes||
· A low t bar indicates goals set lower than what can be accomplished.
· A t bar high on the stem indicates goals set high.
· A t bar that is above the stem indicates setting goals higher than can be accomplished.
|Pressure applied on the paper while writing||