Our handwriting is like fingerprint, it is unique. Our handwriting speaks volumes about our personality. Graphology is the analysis of physical characteristics and patterns of handwriting to identify the character, psychological state and behavior of the writer. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, graphology with the aid of computer technology – can be a reliable tool for determining traits such as honesty and emotional stability.
History of Graphology
It is said that the Chinese scholars knew that a person’s handwriting revealed a lot about the person’s character for hundreds of years.
The first book on graphology was in the year 1622. It was written by Camillo Baldi, an Italian doctor of medicine and philosophy.
The word “graphology” was coined by Jean Michon, a Frenchman, in the 1870s. His research on handwriting analysis is still studied by students of graphology. A curiosity in graphology spread throughout Europe. As a result of the strong European interest, psychology departments of leading universities began to offer a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in graphology.
Interest in graphology continued to spread in Europe as well as the United States thereafter. Graphology has been practiced for centuries and today, there are more than 2,200 published works on handwriting analysis.
Meaning of Different Handwritings
Here are a few parameters that graphologists use to analyse a person’s handwriting.
Right slant means that the emotions get the better of them. However, they do like to meet and work with new people.
A person with Vertical slant knows how to control their emotions.
Left slant indicates that the person is good at concealing emotions. This person comes across as cold and indifferent. They like to be by themselves.
Pressure (scribe insert image of the handwriting)
Persons who exert heavy pressure while writing are determined and successful. They are dynamic and active. They can also get angry and anxious quickly. They could be dominating at times.
Average pressure while writing indicates that the person is average in terms of success and has enough energy to get things done.
People who exert light pressure are considered lazy and passive. They are usually calm. They are empathetic and sensitive. These individuals are more likely to be a follower than a leader.
People with small handwriting are focused and modest. They do not want to be the center of attention. However they lack dynamism and are considered passive. They have insecure and inferior feeling.
People with large sized handwriting are confident and outgoing. They have a loud personality. They like to be the centre of attention. They have an air arrogance and feel superior to others. They are also quite impusive. Most celebrities have large handwriting.
Width of Handwriting
Wide handwriting is a sign of ambition and determination. They are open minded. They are also impatient and have excessive demands.
People with narrow handwriting are self-controlled and cautious. They have good concentration. However, they lack inner freedom and are restraint.
Large word spacing is a sign of a person with mental clarity. They enjoy freedom and independence. They like to distance themselves from others.
Narrow word spacing indicates that a person likes to be around other people. They are likely to have a chaotic inner life.
People who have large loops in their “g”s and “y”s are interested in physical exercise. They are likely to be athletic/
People with short loops are not very keen about physical exercise. And those with no loops have high pain tolerance.
Graphologists also use certain key letters to analyse a person’s handwriting.
If a person cap off their “t”s with a high cross, it indicates that the person is extremely confident and aims high. A low cross indicates self-consciousness and low confidence. They also tend aim low. If the cross is long, he/she is likely to be determined and enthusiastic, possibly with stubborn tendencies. A short cross over “t” could be a sign of a lazy person.
This type of writing is called a felon’s claw. Most of the criminals write like this. The larger the size of the curve, the larger the intensity of the writer to cheat. However, they are charismatic and seemingly friendly individuals. Well, this does not mean a person with a felon’s claw has to be a criminal
Applications of Graphology
Many companies use handwriting analysis for recruiting their employees. Around 5,000 corporations in the USA use handwriting analysis for employment procedures and team-building. Businesses in European countries also use handwriting analysis in their employment practices. However, the use of graphology in the hiring process has been criticized on ethical and legal grounds in the US.
Graphology is also used by counselors and therapists to have a better understanding of their clients.
Let’s have a look at the Signatures of famous personalities and what it says about them. (scribe)
This is the signature of Donald Trump, the current president of USA.
Tracy Trussell, of the British Institute of Graphologists, analysed his signatures and said that the way he writes indicates a lot about the US President. Ms Trussell said: “His signature transmits wild ambition, dynamism, bravery and fearlessness. “He’s hungry for power and has both determination and stubbornness in spades.” She also said that he is a tough negotiator but not much of a listener. The use of large letters indicates that he loves attention and is outgoing.
This is the signature of world renowned footballer Christiano Ronaldo.
Grafoclic, a firm dedicated to human resources and graphology, analysed his signature. Alberto Asiain, a founding partner at ‘Grafoclic’ said : “The first thing you notice about his handwriting is that it has an upward slant. This suggests that he is extremely ambitious and has the drive to excel. He is more motivated by professional success and recognition than big-money deals”. His name Ronaldo written in full overshadowing his first name reveals that he likes to be admired by others for his professional efforts. The major fluctuations in the size of letters suggest a very big ego.
This is the signature of the first woman prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi.
International institute of graphology says that her signature does indicate many of her personality traits. She had very good networking and presentation skills. She was intelligent and had a strong control on masses. She was also quite stubborn. Overall her handwriting says that she was a lady of strong character.
Now what do you think your handwriting says about you?