Your signature can reveal so much about you. Your daily handwritten to-do notes, gratitude letters or your college assignments could be an easy gateway to your brain. The way you form and space your letters can tell a lot about you, according to Graphology, or handwriting analysis. 

 Sounds interesting, let’s jump in!

  • WHAT IS GRAPHOLOGY ?

According to Wikipedia, Graphology is the analysis of the physical characteristics and patterns of handwriting claiming to be able to identify the writer, indicating the psychological state at the time of writing, or evaluating personality characteristics. Though it is generally considered as a pseudoscience, graphologist Michelle Dresbold, author of Sex, Lies, and Handwritingclaims “Every letter symbolises something to do with what’s going on your mind. People think this as a voodoo or tea leaves ; it’s not. It’s body movement from your brain. It’s very logical”

Graphology has been controversial for more than a century. 

  • HANDWRITING IS BRAINWRITING

Some describes graphology as ‘brainwriting’- the handwriting that comes directly from the writer in a unique and personal way. Irrespective of how one writes, an expert graphologist is able to decipher the styles of a particular handwritten script. The graphologist’s interpretation skill is in the psychological art of understanding the blend of various handwriting features.

  • GRAPHOLOGY: THEORY & HISTORY 

Graphology is used to analysis a person’s mind by his/her handwriting and signature. So,

  1. Our brain sends signals along the muscle to the writing implement they control. By examining a sample, a graphologist can identify relevant features of the script, the way the features interact. 
  2. The features and the interactions provide ample information for the analysis. 

The study of Graphology is dated back to 3,000 years ago. It was first developed by the Chinese. The Romans used graphology through centuries and since then various civilisations and cultures have analysed through it till date.

The modern approach to the writing analysis was established by a group of French clerics, led by Abbe Michon, who then modified it in the 1870s. The science is still being researched and expanded today.

  • HANDWRITING FEATURES AND EXAMPLES

There are around 300 features to this analytical approach. But we would be focusing on some basic ones are easily understood and also quite interesting~

  1. Slant 

A right slant indicates a response to communication like being friendly, manipulative, supportive, be loving, future-directed personality. 

A left slant indicates a tendency to restrict emotions and feelings, rational mind-set.

  1. Size

Handwriting is made up of three zones-lowercase, middlecase, and uppercase. A basic average measure is fixed 3mm per zone.

Large size handwriting features extrovert, outgoing, attention seeking personality.

Small size, would be the opposite with a thinking, and an academically superior personality. 

  1. Pressure 

Heavy pressure indicates intensity, strong emotions, commitment and taking things seriously. If the pressure is excessively heavy, it could mean that the writer gets uptight and react quickly at times.

Light pressure shows a laidback, relaxed personality with sensitivity and empathy. 

  1. Word Spacing

The benchmark is the spacing between the word, as in the width of the letters in a person’s handwriting. 

Wide spaces show a relaxed nature, and need for space.

Narrow kerning signals a person with uptight nature and intrusive. 

  1. Line Spacing

Just like letters, distance between words too signify something. 

Wide spaces reveal a trouble connecting with others, also a wish to stand back 

Narrow spaces indicate fear of abandonment, and capability to keep calm under tight situations. 

  1. Page Usage

Gravitating towards the left of a blank page hints that your thoughts are struck in the past.

Moving towards the right means that you are considering about your future.

  1. Deviation from the baseline 

The straightness of the text also tells a lot.

An upward slant from the baseline shows optimistic viewpoint to life

A downward slant indicates a pessimistic viewpoint to life.

Handwriting analysis is an effective and reliable tool for many organizational processes like recruitment, interviewing and selection and career planning.

Though handwriting analysis have some support from the scientific community, recent research show that there is no scientific evidence of this study.

But, it’s undoubtedly interesting so why not give it a try?


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