Graphology is a technique with the objective of studying the personality traits of people through the interpretation of various graphical aspects of writing.
It is also known as the “psychology of writing.”
By making use of graphological analysis it becomes possible to analyze written patterns which have the ability to identify the writer’s psychological state.
A professional graphologist is able to identify the pertinent characteristics of your handwriting and the way each letter interacts.
Through the analysis of signatures and the description of letters, it is possible for the trained graphologist to create a psychological report.
This report would be capable of confirming the behavior of the writer in his/her intellectual and social life.
As a matter of fact, a recent survey has shown that 70 to 91% of the organization’s in France utilizes graphology and over 5000 companies make use of it in the United States.
Furthermore, another survey showed that the United States leads other nations in using handwriting analysis to recruit employees.
So how is this done?
Well, there are various aspects that a professional graphologist uses to bring an individual’s personality to the light.
Basically, these aspects are analyzed against a pre-existing module of what is considered as a normal personality trait and when they differ from the established module it is indicative of some sort of symptom in the writer.
Every one of these graphical aspects reveals a particular trait of the person who wrote them and there are over 8 of these graphical aspects.
Let’s have a look at them:
- 0.1 1. Layout
- 0.2 2. Dimensions
- 0.3 3. Shape
- 0.4 4. Baseline
- 0.5 5. Speed
- 0.6 6. Cohesion
- 0.7 7. Pressure
- 1 IMPORTANCE OF GRAPHOLOGY
- 2 WHAT YOUR WRITING SAYS ABOUT YOU
- 3 CONCLUSION
The layout is one of the aspects of graphology used by trained experts as a template in analyzing written text on a page. The graphologist views the page as a symbolism of the environment in which the subject projects and acts out his personality.
Simply put, the layout template is the totality of impressions your written text provides to the graphologist.
It is concerned with the level of clarity of the idea the writer is trying to pass across, and also the ability of the subject to adapt to the various social norms of the environment he/she projects his/her personality in.
In using the layout template, the order of the written text assists in the detection of how the writer views life in general. The graphologist is capable of studying the writer’s internal order through the margins of the text as well as the execution of the letters.
It reveals the individuals capacity for adjustment, maladjustment or organization.
The layout graphology aspect includes three sub aspects:
a) Distribution – This deals with the distribution or placement of lines, words, and letters (line spacing and word spacing)
b) Disposition – The disposition sub aspect deals with understanding the writer’s view of his environment based on the margins spacing, how properly spaced they are and how aligned etc.
c) Proportions – Through the equilibrium or consistency of the letters of the writer, the graphologist is capable of understanding the consistency of the personality of the subject in relation to his/her environments acceptable norms.
The dimensions of a written text are related to the width and length of the letters in a particular piece of writing. This graphology aspect is an objective one due to its ability to be measured.
It reveals the self-concept or self-esteem of the writer, what the individual thinks of himself, the level of extraversion or introversion as well as the level of self-confidence.
Through dimensions, a graphologist can identify whether you are meticulous in character or are prone to generalization.
Shape refers to the structure or form of every one of the letters in the writing, whether angled or rounded. The shape that the letters of a text take, show the graphologist the conduct of the individual, their appearance, expansions or reservations, as well as their lifestyle and culture.
Generally, it showcases the tendencies or adjustment challenges of the individual. However, this template is used by graphologist in understanding the behavior of people based on their writings.
This is because it’s impossible for it to be measured, and even though children learn by imitating and repeating shapes, as time passes, the shapes they copied begins to mutate into their personal shapes.
When a graphologist takes a look at a piece of writing text, he considers the direction of the lines in the text. The baselines can be oriented downwards or upwards, in serpentines right on the line or horizontal.
Incomplete lines or lines which include indentation are neglected. When studying the text, ascending lines are associated with optimistic individuals and descending lines to people with pessimistic attitudes.
The direction of the line reveals the writer’s, change in mood, will power, emotional stability, humor, persistence, fatigue, ambition, and the degree of maturity, optimism, and pessimism.
When a writer is under a considerable degree of fatigue the graphologist is able to identify it using this template.
By studying the speed of writing, the professional graphologist is able to see the ability of the subject in intellectual assimilation, the speed of mental processes, and comprehension.
It reveals how fast the writer is capable of solving tasks, how easily he/she can easily adjust to new situations, his/her activity, and even temper. This will show how well the individual will fare in a professional setting or workplace.
According to the speed graphological aspect, writing can be slow, hast, paused, fast and unequal with a mixture.
When studying an individual’s personality through written text, cohesion is an important aspect. It deals with how letters are linked between themselves in a single word.
They can either be disconnected, fragmented, grouped or connected. Basically, it is the connection of a word. The bond or cohesion is identified between lower-case and upper-case letters.
Also, the way each letter is drawn is also analyzed, how it is linked to another letter or if an oval is bonded with a down-stroke.
However, when it comes to individual letters, their traits are a bit difficult to evaluate objectively due to certain letters being able to be executed in multiple ways like the letter “t”.
In such cases, the graphologist has to carry out an integral evaluation using a magnifying glass or any other such equipment which aids differentiation.
This is the strength or intensity of the graphism. It is a symbolism of the degree of the psychological energy of a writer.
Pressure represents the writer’s level of faith in what he initiates or creates, and his/her confidence in the actions he/she carries out.
IMPORTANCE OF GRAPHOLOGY
We’ve already seen the various aspects that graphologists consider in order to analyze the personality of a writer through a piece of text, but the question that lingers, is, why is graphology important?
And what are its benefits?
While there are numerous implementations of graphology in various fields, the medical sphere is one that has proven the importance of graphology as this science has been utilized to diagnose mental disorders.
How amazed would you be to know that by studying your handwriting you could arrive at certain conclusions about your physical health?
This is possible because certain medical conditions can be diagnosed or predicted using various indicators which could be present in your writing.
Here are a few of these medical conditions.
1. Blood Pressure Level
Graphology is capable of revealing the blood pressure level of a writer.
If for instance, you are writing with different degrees of pressure, shifting between light handwriting and dark handwriting, this is indicative that you are battling with hypertension.
So, if you notice that your writing exhibits pressure transitioning, you may need to check your blood pressure and see if there is a relation.
2. Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating medical challenge and its symptoms include tremors. These tremors could be revealed in your handwriting if you suffer from it.
However, graphologists look out for cramped or tiny handwriting as a major indicator for Parkinson’s disease.
Hence, if you notice your writing is getting smaller and smaller you may want to head over to the doctor to check for Parkinson’s disease.
3. Alzheimer’s Disease
In the United States alone over 5.4 people are suffering from Alzheimer’s.
This makes it vital to find various ways of diagnosing this disease early enough.
For people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, they find it very comfortable to write using a fat pen which shows in the text.
Furthermore, the handwriting of the person slows down and as the disease advances, the handwriting begins to deteriorate.
Also, you would notice trembling, irregular letters, and altered handwriting, in the writing of people afflicted with the disease.
Asides from this, arthritis also affects your fingers or hands — if you are suffering from it, and this, in turn, changes your handwriting.
This is because it becomes very hard to hold a pen properly and joint pain causes you to write in an angular fashion, and this angular form of writing can easily be distinguished before arthritis is diagnosed.
Graphology has proven to be beneficial to various fields but has seen tremendous importance in the medical field as it helps people with underlying symptoms of various medical challenges to quickly get diagnosed and start treatment.
So asides from evaluating the mental health of the writer of a given text it plays an important role in physical health as well.
WHAT YOUR WRITING SAYS ABOUT YOU
To shed more light on how your handwriting can be used to determine your personality, below is what your handwriting says about you.
1. Size of the Letters
The first thing that stands out in a person’s writing is the size of the letters. By observing the size of the letters of a person’s handwriting, the personality of the writer can be determined.
There are three different sizes of handwriting and size has its n different meaning.
Below are the sizes:
A. Small Letters – Small letters fall below the midline of the paper that is used by children when they are being taught how to write. If the size of your handwriting is below the faint midline then it is small in size.
Small letters may be frustrating and difficult to read.
When a person’s handwriting is small it is an indication that the person is shy or timid. It also means the writer is a person that is intensely focused and highly meticulous. Small letters could also mean that the writer is retreating from society.
B. Average Letters – Unlike small letters, average letters hit the midline. They are slightly bigger than Small letters and easier to read than small letters. Average letters are about 2.5 to 3.5 millimeters in size.
Average letters mean that the person easily adjusts or adapts to conditions. It also means that the person is most likely not an extremist rather they occupy a middle ground.
It also shows that the writer is balanced and can be both an extrovert and introvert. Their personality changes with the environment.
C. Large Letters – Large letters are usually big and they take up the entire line. It shows that the writer is an extrovert and very outgoing and has a big personality. Most celebrities have large writings.
If your writing is large it means you love attention and you enjoy being the center of attention. It also indicates that the confidence you exude is just a pretense and that you desire to be something you are not.
Handwriting can slant to the left, right or not slant at all.
Whether or not your handwriting slants to the left, right or doesn’t slant at all, a lot can be said about your personality based on the presence or absence of slant in your handwriting.
A. Left Slant – if the letters in your writing slant to the left it means that you are a reserved person and that you enjoy your own company.
It also means that you do not enjoy too much attention and you prefer to work behind the scenes. Right-handed people whose writing slants to the left most likely have tendencies to rebel.
B. Right Slant – If your writing slants to the right, it means that you are an outgoing person and you are open to new ideas, new experiences and you enjoy meeting new people. It also means that you have a keen interest in the future and you tend to be an adventurous person.
C. No Slant – If your handwriting goes up and down without slanting to the right or left it means you are a logical person who doesn’t allow his emotions to cloud his judgment. You are very rational and you love thinking things through before making any decision.
3. How You Write “L”
There are two ways people write the letter “L” ‘ either with a full loop or without a loop at all.
If your writing style is cursive, and there is just a little loop or no loop on your letter “L” then it means that you are restricting yourself or that you are under some form of tension.
On the other hand, if you naturally write in cursive and your “L” has a big full loop, it means you easily express yourself without difficulty, it also means you are a spontaneous person and you are relaxed.
If the loop is wide and round, it is an indication that you are a good talker.
4. How you write your “E”
The way you wrote your letter “E” can give an insight into the type of person you are.
First, if you write in cursive but your “E” has a closed loop it means you are a skeptic and you do not allow your emotions to influence your decision making.
Secondly, if your lowercase letter “E” is wide and fully looped, it means you are an open-minded and adventurous person who likes to try out new things and you can easily communicate new ideas with other people.
5. How you write your “I”
If your letter “I” has a wide loop, it means you are a spontaneous person. If it is retracted and narrow, it means you are not free, you are restricting yourself.
In addition, the way you dot your lowercase letter “i” also tells a lot about your personality. If the dot is directly over the “I” it means that you are a very organized person and you pay attention to details.
If on the other hand the dot is on the left of the letter “I” then it suggests that you like procrastination. If you circle the dot it means you are a visionary and have a childlike or playful attitude. If the dot is high on the page, it means that you have a very active imagination.
In addition, the loops of the lowercase “i” represent your parents.
The upper loop represents the maternal while the bottom loop represents the paternal if the upper loop is bigger than the lower loop it means your relationship with your maternal side is stronger than that of the paternal and vice versa.
6. How you write “Y”
The way you write your lowercase letter “Y” with cursive can give an idea about who you are.
If the loop of your lowercase “Y” is slender it means that you are picky when it comes to choosing friends.
If the loop is big and broad it means that you have many friends.
On the other hand, if the hook is short it means you are a homebody, but a long hook means that you have wanderlust.
7. How you Cross your lowercase “t”
When writing your lowercase” T” if it is crossed right in the middle it shows that you are a very comfortable and confident person. If the cross of the “t” is long, it means that you are an enthusiastic and determined person with traces of stubborn tendencies.
On the other hand, if the cross of the “t” is short; it means that you are most likely a lazy person who lacks determination.
If the cross is too low it means that you aim low and need to raise the bar for yourself, on the other hand, if it is crossed high up it means that you are a person who aims high and who has many goals.
8. Pointed or Rounded Letters
The roundness of pointedness of your letters says a lot about you. If your letters are rounded, it means you have artistic and creative abilities.
Pointed letters, on the other hand, could mean that you are intelligent but have some aggression bottled inside.
For example, a pointy lowercase “S” means that you are an intellectual who likes to study and is very ambitious, the higher the point of the “S” the higher the degree of ambition.
Rounded “S” means that you can easily compromise in order to please people and to avoid confrontation.
If the “S” is open at the bottom it could be an indication that you are not following your heart or doing what you enjoy.
9. How you write “A” and “O”
Graphologists consider “A” and “O” letters to be communication letters and can be used to determine how much you communicate.
If your “A” and “O” are not completely written, it means that you are not good at keeping secrets, you are an extrovert and you are very social.
A perfectly circled and nearly closed “O” on the other hand shows that you are discreet; it means you are an introvert and enjoy your company.
Examining the gaps between words and letters can enable a graphologist to know your personality.
Letters and words that are bunched together mean that the person feels isolated and dislikes being alone and desire to be around people and also have issues respecting the privacy of people around them.
People who leave large gaps between the words are people that like being left alone, though value their freedom and don’t enjoy being overwhelmed.
As we’ve already seen your handwriting says so much about you.
Ranging from your psychological state to your physical health, you can know so much about you simply by understanding the signs your body gives you through your written text.