Graphology is key to understanding personality through Handwriting Analysis.
By: Paula A. Sassi, Master Graphologist
Handwriting is yet another form of self-expression that reveals the personality traits of the writer. Just as people are judged by the way they dress, talk, walk, and even shake hands, Graphology can provide a guide to understanding yourself and others by applying the basic principles of this art and science.
The science of Graphology is based on the correlation of the strokes in writing to the personality traits of the writer. The art is defined by the ability of the analyst to synthesize the indicators into a holistic report that is unique to each writer.
The main tenets of Graphology are based on the arrangement, form, and movement of the writing. This consists of how the writing is placed on the paper and includes margins and spacing, the actual letter forms, and the speed and pressure of the writing.
Another important indicator is what is referred to as the Form Level of the writing. Essentially a High Form Level of writing would consist of a straight baseline with consistency in the letter forms and flow of the writing. A Low Form Level of writing may have an uneven baseline of writing, changes in slant and form, and irregular spacing and pressure in the strokes of writing. For example:
The following are samples of high-form level writing as opposed to a low-form level writing sample.
Even if you are skeptical of this approach to personality evaluation, you can clearly see by the consistency and inconsistency of these samples that there are major differences in the psychological makeup of these writers.
In terms of the arrangement, it is important to focus on the zone in which the letter is written. The three zones of writing are the upper, middle, and lower zones and reveal how the writer makes specific use of their mind (UZ), their emotions (MZ), and the physical elements in their environment (LZ).
If there is emphasis on size, embellishment, width, simplicity, force or meagerness, this is the zone the writer is expressing most strongly at that moment of writing.
For example, large loops in the upper zone of a writing give evidence of the writer’s ability to be open-minded and perhaps has an active imagination. Retraced upper loops reveal the writer, who is more skeptical and questioning when presented with new ideas and information. An important upper zone letter is the “t” and how it is crossed. This is especially important when applying handwriting analysis to personnel selection. The crossbar of the “t” provides evidence of goal achievement, leadership style and overall carry-through in performance. Some examples are as follows:
All letters pass through the middle zone of writing, but the letters that only occupy this area are referred to as middle zone letters. Some of the more interesting indicators can be found in the “a’s” and “o’s” penned by the writer. These are referred to as the communication letters and can reveal if the writer is being discreet, expressive and even dishonest in their verbal self-expression.
The lower zone of writing consists of letters containing strokes that extend below the baseline of writing but can include any elaborations that may fall below this line. Two letters of interest are the “g’s” and “y’s” because they reveal the writer’s material and physical drive or, more directly put, their interest in sex and money.
This is only a brief overview of what can be discovered from a sample of handwriting or printing. There is much to learn and discover if pursuing the study of Graphology.
For more information, contact: Handwriting Consultants International a.k.a. Paula A. Sassi, Inc.