Graphology, as a study and analysis of handwriting, does not only refer to forensic document analysis, but to human psychology. In the field of medicine, graphology is used for diagnosis, tracking diseases of the brain, and the nervous system. People who use the study of handwriting as a means of analyzing the character of a person are known as graphologists, whereas those who study handwriting to detect forgeries, or to check the authenticity of documents, are related to forensics, and are known as forensic document examiners.
Where the forensic examiner checks the dotted ‘i’s’ and the crossed ‘t’s’, among others for any forgery, the graphologist does the same, but to look at the unconscious mental functions of the person. It is the belief of graphologists that the way the ‘i’s’ are dotted, the ‘t’s’ are crossed, the loops when the letters are formed, the spacing between the letters, the slants and the heights of the letters, and the end strokes, among other things, reveal much about a person, as much as the psychic arts, such as astrology, cheiromancy (palm reading), psychomery, etc, do.
Through the analysis of handwriting, the graphologists can understand a host of issues, including the issues of health, morality, past incidences and experiences, as well as hidden talents and mental problems, among others.
More and more organizations are making the use of handwriting analysis to assess people working for them, as well as to appoint people into their fold. They consider graphology an effective and reliable tool to assess personality and behavior, especially during recruitment, and the interview process.
According to graphologists, handwriting is unique to people, irrespective of how they are taught to write. Graphologists who know their field understand the various styles and languages that exist in different countries, and are able to disregard the ‘influences’ which have been ‘taught,’ and do not base their analysis on the content of the handwriting sample under examination.
There are more than 300 different features in handwriting, and the experts are able to understand and interpret the blends of handwriting features.
The History Of Graphology
Graphology is not new, and is known to have existed for more than 3000 years. The ancient Chinese were the first to study and analyze handwriting three millenniums ago. The ancient Romans, too, used graphology, and since then through the times, various cultures have used handwriting analysis as an essence of the person who wrote it.
In the modern context, handwriting analysis came into its own in the 1870s, when after 30 years of study, a group of French clerics, led by Abbe Michon, laid down the aspects of this science. Though graphology is still being researched and expanded, the work done in the mid 1800s by these clerics formed the basis of modern graphology.
The Basic Features
Though there are more than 300 features, here are some of the very basic ones:
• Slant – Either to the right, left, or is upright
• Size – It does matter where handwriting analysis is concerned
• Pressure – It can tell a lot about the person
• Word Spacing
• Line Spacing
• Page Margins
• Upper zone, lower zone, and middle zone cases