Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Graphology & Graphotherapy

Everybody wants to know more about people’s inner personality, especially people with whom you are dealing and people, whom you like, dislike, adore & love.
Now haven’t you ever thought of just knowing a person inside out and there should be a method for this also? Here is the science which can make you read a person like book. The accuracy level of reading is amazingly high. This science is known as ‘Graphology’ and the science of handwriting analysis (i.e. Handwriting Analysis). Grapho-therapy is used to improve certain skills, attitudes, and way of thinking, Health, mind, relationships and much more.
Graphology is the science of understanding the human mind through person’s handwriting. When a person writes, the signal in the form of letters get decoded / printed on the paper by the fingers. Graphology aims at understanding & interpreting these signals through the writing. Using this we can know a persons mind so the thoughts, character and behavior.

Graphology is used to understand following things
· 1: Understand yourself much better.·
2: Child development.·
3: Selecting Life-Partner.·
4: Selecting Business Partner.·
5: Employee Selection / Recruitments·
6: Criminology.·
7: Knowing Your Friends, Colleagues, relatives, etc.

1: Understand yourself much better. :- Graphology helps and individual to know persons Strength & Weaknesses & see himself in totally new light. It can reveal various problems & its reasons the are associated with the past life. Graphology can help in understanding & removing the mental blocks to achieve greater personal & professional success.

2: Child development.:- Every child’s mind is programmed in the childhood by the influence of the male and female images in the child’s life usually the parents. Parents can understand their children in a better perspective & will come to know there strengths , weaknesses, likes, dislikes, Skills way of thinking, health & influence of their parents on him and can mould them to enhance their hidden skills for becoming better individuals of tomorrow.

3: Selecting Life-Partner.:- There is huge difference between a boyfriend and husband I repeat “There is huge difference between a boyfriend and husband “ Before marriage boys promises the moon & stars but latter on the girl gets disappointment , the picture after marriage is not the rosy. Graphology (Handwriting analysis) can help in selecting the right partner as per the true picture of Boy / Girl.

4: Selecting Business Partner. :- What is your business partner is good starter and poor finisher ? What if he is a big deceiver? What if he can’t face pressure ? selecting Business partner is equally important as life partner. Graphology can help you to select right business partner who can take right decisions & actions at right time.

5: Employee Selection / Recruitments :- Graphology can help in selecting right peoples for the right job. E.g. if a company wants to recruit excellent team players or fast analyst, creative artist, etc. Graphology can help in identifying these individuals by / via their handwritten samples & this can easily benefit the individual & organization.

6: Criminology.:- Graphology can assist police department in solving crimes related to the burglary thefts, suicides & even murders. Graphology can speed up investigation via writing & signature of a suspect & solve Cases.

7: Knowing Your Friends, Colleagues, relatives, etc. :- Know the every aspect and hidden aspect of personality so that you will understand them much better with reasons and will improve relationships.

8: Understanding clients : for Professionals like Doctors, Lawyers, Chartered accountants, Counselors, psychologist etc…

A few Personality Traits students can learn after the course

Motivations: _Approval _Challenge _Creativity _Ego needs _Financial rewards/materialism _Knowledge/theory _Personal accomplishment _Practical interests _Social involvement
Intellect/Mentality: _Abstract thinking _Analytical ability _Clear thinking _Conservative thinking _Decision-making ability _Deliberate comprehension _Disorderly thinking _Fantasy-orientation _Flexibility _Future-orientation _Idealism _Imagination _Indecisiveness _Investigative thinking _Inquisitiveness _Intuitive thinking _Logical thinking _Original thinking _Past-orientation _Present-orientation _Quick comprehension _Rationalization _Stubbornness _Superficial thinking _Tangible thinking _Visionary thinking
Work Habits: _Ability to deal with repetitive tasks _Adaptability _Attention to detail _Concentration _Determination _Discipline _Excessive elaboration _Follow-through _Impatience _Independence _Lack of control _Objectivity _Organizational skills _Patience _Perfectionism _Problem-solving ability _Procrastination _Restlessness _Simplification of issues _Team player _Time management
Personal Dynamics: _Ambition _Assertiveness/competitiveness _Cautiousness _Confusion of interest _Consistency _Domineering behavior _Ego strength _Excessive independence _Fear of failure _Initiative _Persistence _Risk-taking _Self-confidence _Victim mentality _Vitality
Communication Skills: _Argumentativeness _Communicate, desire to _Conflict avoidance _Diplomacy _Discretion _Empathy _Evasiveness _Exaggeration _Fear of expression _Listening ability _Persuasiveness _Rapport _Reticence _Sarcasm _Secretiveness _Sincerity _Verbal facility
Social Skills: _Ability to trust _Compliance _Consistent personality _Defiance _Dependability _Dependence _Easygoingness _Extroversion _Generosity _Inflexibility _Insensitivity _Kindheartedness _Modesty _Outspokenness _Overly critical, judgmental _Self-consciousness _Sensitivity to criticism _Social maturity _Spontaneity _Suspiciousness _Tolerance _Vanity
Emotional Foundation: _Emotional balance _Emotional expressiveness _Emotional maturity _Irritability _Optimism _Pessimism _Repression _Resentment _Withdrawal _Worry


1. What is Graphology ?
Graphology or Handwriting Analysis is a science of interpreting a person's character from his/her personal handwriting.

What can Graphology be used for ?
Coupled with psychology and knowledge of human behaviour, it can be used for many varied purposes. For example, Recuitment, Marriage compatibility, Career Guidance, Motivate workers, Child developement... etc.

What competitive advantages does Graphology gives to a commercial organisation ?
It is an invaluable aid to the Human Resource Department. It's the people running the commercial organisation that determines the success or failure of an organisation. It is especially important for personnel in key appointments. To get the right person with the right 'mix' of knowledge and personality attribute for the right job is crucial to the success of the organisation. Graphology will be of great help in this area.

How many companies uses graphology for personnel selection?
7.9% of companies in England are using graphology in personnel screening. - according to a dissertation done in England by a graduate of the Faculty of Business Management and Administration at Leeds Polytechnic."Handwriting Analysis in Staff Selection" by Philip Sacks; The Graphological Magazine, No. 1, Spring 1995.
80% of French Businesses use graphology as a tool for evaluating applicant. - according to French Society of Graphology. Portion of translated letter from French Society of Graphology is listed below. " It is, indeed, *correct* that those who are responsible for recruitment, in human resources and business journalists, report that approximately 80 percent of French businesses use graphology as a tool for evaluation of their applicants for various positions. This percentage is applicable not only to administrative positions but the mass of positions available in business." - Jul 1995.

How does Graphology compares to other forms of personality Analysis tools ?
Graphology can analyse a person's personality without his knowledge that he is being analysed. (of course not without his consent.) Thus reducing the possibility of inaccuracies due to conscious or unconcious effort by the subject to affect the result. Distortion of the result due to the subject's knowledge that he/she is being analysed is common in most Question-&-Answer type of personality analysis tools. Some tools may claims to have better precision, but since a person is growing and changing dynamically every second, high precision is not really helpful. It's better to use graphology to analyse the handwriting of a pure untainted subject , rather than to put the subject under unnatural stress of a long questionaire. Secondly, a single personality questionaire may reveal a single dimension of personality. But two handwriting samples of the same person at different occasion may reveals different behaviour characteristics.

Can Graphology tell Future ?
In a strict sense ... No, but in reality ... Not really No.
Graphology is an art/science of intepretating. It may associate a certain handwriting to a particular behavourial or personality traits eg. A Right slant implies extrovert. But it can't say any thing beyond that. Whether an extrovert may be successful in future is unknown.
But if someone is able to prove that an extrovert has a significantly better chance of being successful in future, then we may deduce from handwriting the potential of a person with a right slant. Usage of Graphology for recuitment of key personnel uses similar assumption.

My handwriting can changes very quickly, so how can graphology decipher my personality accurately ?
Our Handwriting is like our Face, our speech and action. A stroke of writing that shows friendly traits is like a smile on the face. A person who normally writes illegibly but writes clearly when he or she is aware that someone important is going to read it ; is like someone who is sloppy at home but dress nicely when going to a formal dinner. Our handwriting , like our face or body language, changes with our mood. And some people are really too temperamental to be predictable. But every one has got some part of him or her that is hard to change, even if he is temperamental.

My handwriting changed drastically because of a conscious effort to make my illegible handwriting legible; is it possible ?
A conscious effort to make handwriting more legible is a sign of wanting to communicate. Legibility is about making sure people can read your writing . And you would be viewed as willing to make clear communication. People who communicate clearly would probably be honest. That's a positive side. On the other hand, the change for better legibility might be intepreted as a 'conforming' act. The society might encourage communication or nice looking, neat handwriting. There is nothing bad about conforming. But sometime it could be viewed as a loss of originality. The person who asked this question actually agrees that the change has resulted in better clarity in his communication.

Does it matters to the graphologist if the writer is right-handed or left-handed ? Does handedness affect the rules of interpretation for a piece of handwriting, written by a left-handed writer? What about left-handed "hook writer"? (writing with the wrist bent)
If we base on the principle of handwriting that states that "handwriting is brain-writing" , ideally there should not be any effect on the interpretation, regardless of whether the writer is left-handed or right-handed. It does not matter even if he wrote it with his/her foot or mouth.
It's the brain that willed the handwriting to look a certain way, not the hand.
It is especially true if the lefties wrote the script in a position which he/she feels completely comfortable and in control.
Similar explanation is valid for a right-handed writer.

Why does graphologist doing analysis ask for information such as handedness, age and gender ?
The information such as handedness, age and gender are required generally for record purposes and to aid in future research. It is also because graphology generally can not determine for sure about a person's handedness, age and gender. A person may be a male but has personality that has been stereo typed by the particular society to be femine. An old man may be young at heart, and a young person may be comparatively mature for her real age.

Can I Bluff a Graphologist by forging my writing ?
You can't unless you are a very good actor, but even good actors may get tired.Someone who tries to forge a handwriting has to fight against his own stamina. And if he gets too tensed up or too tired , he quickly reveals his true self. It is common place for us to change the style of our handwriting when expecting to please a certain reader. Such is a kind of pseudo forgery. In a more positive interpretation, it is a necessary act of continuous character growth. For example, someone may be by nature an introvert but really liked to be more extrovert. He may try to appear extrovert. If he succeed he can then be extrovert effortlessly. If he gets tired of the strain to be someone else, he will fail and revert back to his old self. Similarly , someone who wishes to be identified as extrovert by his handwriting forces himself to writing with a right slant. It's like telling himself constantly of his desire to change. Once again he may or may not succeed.

Is Graphology a Science ?
Graphology itself is a Science, because it is about collection of knowledge to enable future deduction. eg. If it is statistically established that people with a right slant in their handwriting exhibits extrovert characteristic, then the next time we see a right-slanted writing, we may deduce that the writer is possibly an extrovert. Although it may not be comparable to scientific equation like 'F=ma', it may be liken to the science of psychology. A smiling face equate happiness is a common science.

Is Graphology an Art ? (as in ... art of graphology)
I would say that the process of analysis performed by the Graphologist is an art. It is about judgement. Beside judging on the physical aspect of a handwriting, the graphologists may need to resolve conflicts. For example, one physical aspect of the sample may indicate an extrovert, while another physical traits indicate an introverts. The graphologist will then need to be able to tell which is the more dominant traits, perhaps by counting the number of occurence of each traits. Although most of us knows the mathematical science of 'speed=distance / time' , we judge if a speeding car is slow enough for us to cross the road like an inborn art, without resorting to the calculator. An art is usually aquired by practice (I have forgotten how many times I crossed the road) .

What is Graphoanalysis?
Graphoanalysis is a scientific system of identifying and assessing the character and personality of an individual through a study of handwriting. The techniques used are based on a well-defined, standardized method of 1) identifying strokes, 2) relating these strokes to specific personality traits, and 3) evaluating the relative strength of the interrelated traits.