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.

Handwriting Characteristic Interpretation
Slant of the letters
  • A forward slant indicates high emotional expressiveness
  • Vertical handwriting indicates moderate, restrained emotional expression
  • A left slant indicates emotional withdrawal.
Angle of the lines on unlined paper
  • An upward slant indicates optimism and higher energy.
  • A downward slant or lines with trail off the page indicate low energy or physical exhaustion.
General shape of the strokes
  • Circular handwriting indicates an agreeable, easygoing nature.
  • Angular handwriting with sharp points indicates aggressiveness, directness, and high energy
  • Square handwriting indicates a real world, practical based approach
  • Squiggles and irregular strokes indicate an artistic and non standard approach
Individual letters
  • The letter “t” has the largest number of interpretations. For example where the horizontal “bar” of the t is placed on the vertical “stem” indicates where one places their goals, while the height of the t stem indicates the potential to accomplish those goals.

·         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.

  • An indented “notch” in the upper oval loop of a small “h” could be the result of an arrhythmic heart beat.
Pressure applied on the paper while writing
  • The emotional intensity behind a person`s behavior – heavier the pressure, the more intense the emotions of that person.

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