‘Graphology’ is known as ‘the pseudoscientific study and analysis of handwriting’, forensic scientists & supporters of this method use it to decipher the personality and psychotic state of individuals.
The basic premise is that your central nervous system is responsible for the way your muscles move and react when writing. Graphologists seek to evaluate the moment, form, consistency, quality and pattern generated by your stroke and then use that as a basis for psychological interpretation.
In theory it can provide a snapshot into the mind of individuals who many have written suicide notes or death threats – to serve as validation of their genuineness.
But is it scientifically accurate? Or down to the wild interpretations of a few?
There’s 3 unique interpretations of graphology, they are known as the holistic approach, the integrative approach and finally the symbolic approach. But what is the difference between each?
Integrative Graphology is less interpretative and more analytical. It looks for common themes such as a cluster of stroke formations, how close the words are spaced, how tall the capital letters are etc to score a specific personality trait.
Holistic Graphology is a little more free-flowing, it looks at individual traits, such as legibility but doesn’t assigned specific meanings to them. Instead the traits of someones handwriting are taken into account based on the overall context of the page.
And finally, Symbolic Analysis takes a metaphorical view of handwriting – it’s probably the most vague of all, assigning the shape and form of words to some kind of trauma or event. For example John Wayne’s autograph highlights a darkened area that has been interpreted as representing his lung cancer. Who is to say whether that is right or wrong?
Whether you believe the ‘science’ or not, it is still unquestionable a fascinating area to explore. It turns out when it comes to your own handwriting, whilst its distinct to you, there are universal traits hidden inside the written word that define who you are.
Here’s a few examples, have a look and tell us if you agree…