Graphology, the interpretation of handwriting, relies on the accurate assessment of signs as reflected by the formation of individual letters, the manner in which they are connected, as well as the spacing and positioning of the written text across the page, along with other traits.
Our handwriting evolves as we mature, and is influenced by life’s experiences, making it personal and individual. The graphologist observes the little gestures, flourishes and unique movements of handwriting, each of which contributes to understanding the personality.
Handwriting is assessed through its vertical and horizontal dimensions and depth, which is seen from the pressure applied. The written word is analyzed by reference to the upper, lower and the middle zones and the balance between them.
The space occupied by the text on the page is relevant to the individual’s adaptability to the environment and the level of self-confidence. Sometimes the text covers the entire page, in other instances there are large areas of unutilized space; in some the use of space is properly ordered, in others it is not.
The graphologist looks to the structure and formation of individual letters: the simplicity and spontaneity of movement and its original and aesthetic quality; the rhythm or pulse of the writing; the overall balance and harmony and the tension of the stroke. All these factors reflect the individual’s self-esteem.
Observing the energy of the handwriting is important, it is particular to the individual and difficult for another to duplicate. Forgers of documents may succeed in copying the formation of the letters, the movement and the stroke; but they find it most difficult to reproduce the rhythm, tension and energy which emanates from the handwriting.
There are several hundred established tell-tale signs that form the basis of an analysis. Each sign, on its own, does not represent a character trait; but when the signs are collated and synthesized, the personality begins to emerge.
A person’s signature is not taught; it is freely adopted and individual. It is the product of much trial and experimentation during the identity–seeking adolescent years. A handwriting sample is incomplete without a signature: the text conveys the writer’s attitude towards his or her environment, whilst the signature reflects inner feelings, the evaluation of self and projected desires.
Handwriting is an expression of one’s personality: it reveals our feelings, fears, hopes and aspirations. The uses of graphology are many, including personnel selection, compatibility, fraud and authentication of documents, vocational guidance, psychological profiling and grapho-therapy.