A Detailed Look at Graphology

Graphology, or the study of handwriting as it is more commonly known, has seen much attention lately in courtrooms and political offices of the world. There are even many groups dedicated to graphology in the process of studying handwriting samples from famous, and infamous, people of long ago in an effort to learn more about whom they were and why they did what they did.

Although graphology has been considered a pseudo-science by those who don’t understand its importance, it has still shown as being a very effective tool used by law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies all over the world. Graphology has been around for centuries and to those who understand its uses, much can be told about the person being studied including their persona, attitude, character and disposition. One may even be able to see someone’s past or look into their future.
Graphology Approaches

The three common approaches to graphology include the integrative approach, symbolic approach and the holistic approach with all three having their own unique qualities that make them as useful as any other.

Integrative graphology states that there are specific stroke structures relating to one’s personality traits. By studying the clusters of stroke formations, certain personality traits can be seen; the systems within integrative graphology that use the clusters are known as fixed signs, trait stroke, the French system and Graphoanalysis.

Another approach that is commonly used in the study of handwriting is Symbolic analysis; in this approach, the examiner looks for uncommon symbols in the handwriting. These can be major or minor symbolisms, but they are still unique to every person no matter how they write. Major symbolism relates to the meaning of the pen stroke as it relates to the page, whereas minor symbolism gives meaning to the pen stroke depending on the actual picture that the stroke draws.

The final approach that can be taken with graphology is called Holistic graphology and it pertains to a profile that is created using the form, movement and space of the writing. Just as with integrative graphology, holistic graphology starts from the outside and works its way in using individual traits that are not normally assigned specific meanings but can take on several meanings based on the context of the page itself.

Holistic graphology is often mistakenly called Gestalt graphology which was a form of handwriting analysis relating to Gestalt psychology.

Whichever approach you choose to study, the end usually justifies the means. By being able to better understand, and comprehend, one’s handwriting, we can understand who they are as a person and see what the future has in store for them.

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