With 30+ years experience in handwriting analysis (HWA) and a healthy dose of psychology training, I say HWA has strong merits. For a qualified professional, HWA is a very good tool to reveal character traits of an author. HWA, like everything else in life, has it’s limitations. For instance, HWA can show a character trait like dominance and aggression, however, what one does with such traits remains a choice. One can become the CEO of the largest company in the world, or one can become a serial killer.
I have always been curious why handwriting analysis is described by those without any knowledge regarding the subject as “hogwash” and as “debunked” . And this blog is educational with you in mind.
It is interesting to note that HWA, also known as Graphology, used to be placed in the section of palmistry, tarot and astrology in libraries and book stores. That is probably why a lot of these hog washers throw it on the same pile. Today HWA is placed in the psychology / self help sections. The reason is simple: Handwriting is deeply embedded in the psychological processes of the author.
Unlike palmistry, tarot and astrology, handwriting is behavior in itself and that is what psychology studies. We can observe writing behaviors and draw conclusions. A written note is a still picture of behavior. The more writing, the more habitual tendencies can be recognized.
All our behavioral choices are determined by our experiences (nurture) and physical abilities (nature). We determine likes and dislikes and we move forward with a choice (what, when, why and how).
A small sample of handwriting is the equivalent of meeting someone the first time and leaves an impression. A large sample of writing, maybe even over a time period, is like meeting someone frequently and with it, you will have a good idea what that person is about.
Let’s look at some handwriting samples and let the reader answer the simple question posted:
Question: Who writes faster?
Speed is a behavior and we see that number 1 writes faster than number 2. A fast writer also thinks fast. After all, you can not write what has not been thought of yet. In general, slow writers are also slow thinkers, yet … a slow writer can be a fast thinker! For instance, a slower writer who talks fast, is still a fast thinker, yet, when (s)he writes slow, they are just moving forward with caution. Slow writing in general is linked to caution, reduced enthusiasm and potentially just a slower thinker.
Example 1 is Richard Ramirez, a serial killer who lacked significant planning and acted on his impulsive nature. He checked doors and windows that happened to be unlocked and took his chances. Example 2 is Gary Ridgway, who stalked for days and took his time to select a victim . Both men had different character traits. Ramirez is impulsive and this shows in his handwriting as well as his criminal behavior. Ridgway is a slow thinker (also talks slow and deliberate), cautious (planning) and takes his time to prepare (stalking). His behavior shows caution as does his handwriting.
Clearly, it is not “the handwriting that made these men this way” rather, it is the other way around as “these men are that way which shows in all their behaviors, including their handwriting”.
Second question: Who likes to be noticed and who does not?
Samples 3 and 4 have a major size difference. Sample 3 is large writing and in general they like to be noticed. Such writers do well in sales, theater, public speaking. Sample 4 is extremely small and they tend concentrate on details. They talk about everything in great detail too. Although not clearly visible, when enlarged, you will see that all the i dots placed exactly above the stem. Such writers are good in detail work as in CPA’s, book keepers and scientists e.g. .
Sample 3 is Betty White, actress, comedienne, singer, author. What do you mean “in the lime light”?
Sample 4 is Albert Einstein, scientist extraordinaire.
Our brain determines all our behavioral choices. It’s the way we shake hands, look at people, select the car we like, how we drive that car, how we dress, the type of shoes we wear, etc. etc.. All these behaviors can be observed, whether that is your personal physical presentation or handwriting, it remains an expression of who you are and what you prefer to do.
Handwriting analysis works because it is the study of behaviors.
For some other basic concepts of handwriting analysis, visit these blogs by the same author:
Slant Pressure Patterns
Marcel Elfers is a Trial Run Master Profiler through handwriting and Statement analysis. His mentor, Kimon Iannetta, is the author of “Danger between the Lines”. This book can be bought at a discount for $75 (compare online sellers) by emailing Kimon directly here and tell her I sent you.
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