FEATUREYou are what you writeBy Dr George Leow Chee Seng, British Institute of HomeopathyAn analytical approach to one’s personality from handwriting alone can yieldmany practical benefits.I s it possible to understand a person’s personality through handwriting? It seems impossible but itreally is possible to do so. Think of handwriting as a type of EEG (brain wave recording) of personality. In fact, some handwriting analysts describe “brainwriting” could be a more descriptive term than handwriting analysis.Personality inventory can be categorised intoprojective and non-projective (Kathleen, 1978). Distortions of the result – due to the subject’sProjective personality inventory uses pictures knowledge that he is being analysed – is commonor diagrams to capture responses from the in most personality analysis tools.respondent. Hence, this method is a subjectiveform of personality inventory. Graphology can analyse a person’s personality without the person even knowing that he is beingGraphology analysed. Through this method, we can reduceGraphology or handwriting analysis is the science the possibility of inaccuracies due to conscious orof interpreting a person’s character from his/ unconscious efforts by the subject to affect the result.her personal handwriting. It is categorised as aprojective personality test. It is interesting to learn what your handwriting is able to tell you. Graphology is used widely inThe term graphology comes from two Greek words varied applications. The common application ofthat mean to learn something about writing and graphology is in vocational guidance. Teachers oftenthe inferring of character or aptitude from it. find they can use it to bring out better behaviour in problem students. While graphology cannot point to a specific career on the basis of a handwriting sample, it can certainly point someone in the right direction or away from the wrong direction, based on personality, abilities and inclinations. Besides vocational guidance, a handwriting analysis of both partners can confirm compatibilities, point out potential trouble spots and help the couple to understand and accept each other’s weaker points. People who investigate genealogy have used the service of graphologists to help them better understand their ancestors through an analysis of their handwriting. Graphologists can track clients’ progress in therapy, and some law enforcement12 JAN/FEB 2010 • OH!
FEATUREagencies use handwriting analysis to determine This is then followed by a 30-point worksheet analysis:how dangerous a suspect is, as well as truthfulness 1. Regularity 16. Width of lettersof victim and witness statements. 2. Rhythm 17. Covering strokesGraphology is now being used increasingly by 3. Size 18. Leftward andemployers or assessment centres to help in personnel rightward tendenciesselection. It is especially used at the short listing 4. Zones 19. Initial strokesstages. Small companies, in particular, need to avoid 5. Connection, degree 20. Terminal strokesfriction and personality clashes between staff as well of connection, form ofas getting the right person for the right job. 6. Horizontal tension 21. Form of letters 7. Shading 22. SpeedSome candidates are better at interviews than attheir actual jobs; while others blow their chances 8. Slant 23. Signature andthrough nervousness. A handwriting analysis can underscoregive a more complete picture. 9. Pressure 24. “I”- dots and “t” bars 10. Margins 25. Personal pronoun “I”Practical graphology 11. Punctuation 26. Form levelIn practice, it’s better to use graphology to analyse 12. Spacing between 27. Reliability factorsthe handwriting of a pure untainted subject, rather words (if applicable)than to put the subject under unnatural stress of 13. Spacing between 28. Tension and releasefilling out a long questionnaire. Furthermore, a lines (stress factors)single personality questionnaire may reveal a single 14. Direction of the lines 29. Degree of attentiondimension of personality. (deals with any characteristics thatHowever, two handwriting samples of the same are not covered in theperson on different occasions may reveal different general worksheet.behavioural characteristics. Eg: stimulus words, symbols, envelop ifIn fact, handwriting analysis is an art. Each different from generalgraphologist has different analytical styles. I have spacing)designed my own worksheet to help me to complete 15. Fullness and leanness 30. The analysismy handwriting analysis. In fact, there are a lot ofcomputer programmes that offer the same service. Limitation It is important to identify the limitation ofHowever, I strongly believe, handwriting analysis is an handwriting analysis to avoid unrealisticart that needs human interpretation and the following expectations during analysis.are among the key factors I would be looking at:• Margin of page; From the handwriting analysis, we would not be able• Lines; to determine the age or gender of the writer. What it• Height of writing; actually does is to indicate masculine and feminine• Slope or slant of writing; influence, which is present in both sexes. It reveals• Word endings; maturity rather than actual chronological age.• Round and angular writing;• Plain and fancy writing; Nor can graphology predict happenings and future• Regular and irregular writing; events. From graphology, we can point to a person’s• Wide and narrow writing; and potential that needs to be brought out once they• Thin and thick writing. are made aware of it. OH!Send us your queries or suggested topics to be covered via email to email@example.com. JAN/FEB 2010 • OH! 13