Graphology, Science Or Art Form?

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Graphology has been controversial for more than a century. Although supporters point to the anecdotal evidence of thousands of positive testimonials as a reason to use it for personality evaluation, most empirical studies fail to show the validity claimed by its supporters. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphology

We Practice It But s It Real?

Most likely, the obvious argument in support of graphology is that in a basic sort of way, we all seem to believe in and to some extent appear to be practicing in our daily lives. We apparently, readily accept the notion that someone's character or personality is revealed by their handwriting style. People often quote actual examples of colleagues, relatives or friends who reveal some aspect of their character in this way.

Common-Sense Graphology

When we receive an unknown letter, we routinely examine the handwriting to discover what it can show us about the writer. We have all seen the confident, flamboyant large script of the extrovert or perhaps in direct contrast, the tiny, or puny handwriting of the extreme introvert. Amateurish findings or examples such as these, probably account for the great popularity of graphology, and that in spite of what psychologists, say to the contrary, it is still very widely used as a tool when assessing human character traits.

Limitations Of Graphology

This kind of common-sense graphology is extremely limited in what it can reveal to us. Even if we find that we can indeed detect certain revealing factors in people's handwriting, there is obviously a vast amount of other complex aspects required to be taken into account when we want to arrive at a complete analysis. Further more, it suffers from the fact that we often project onto the writer's personality certain factors that we expect to see.

Some Features A Professional Graphologist Would Look for

To start with, the writing would be examined to determine the three zones into which it can be divided. These are called upper, middle and lower zones and are the areas filled by the letters. Letters like b,l and k enter the upper zone a, c and x occupy the middle zone and letters j, y and g all enter the lower zone. Graphologists say that the upper zone concerns matters of the spirit and intellect while the middle zone shows dislikes and likes as well as the writer's adaptability to daily life while the lower zone on the other hand, expresses the foundation of our character. When the lower zone is emphasized, the practical and instinctual side of life is dominant.

Other Graphology Facets

The people among us that write large script, are said to be more subjective than objective individuals. They also tend to be self-confident and enthusiastic and need lots of room to express themselves. On the other hand, Small writers would lean towards modesty and not attach a high premium on space for self-expression.

Upright writers seem to have a reserved nature and as such, do not readily reveal their emotions. Right slanted letters on the other hand, reveal a pronounced need to constantly be among other people. My article is touching only a small aspect of this highly complex subject which goes on, covering subjects like form and degree of connection, stroke, pressure, rhythm regularity, speed, letter formation and a whole lot more.

Conclusion

Needless to say, Graphology does fascinate and will most likely continue to do so for years to come. It however remains curiously resistant to any scientific scrutiny. One notable problem is that the differences between one style of handwriting and another, have such a magnitude of differing details that it is extremely difficult to come up with a system that can relate all the minute variations to known personality factors. Perhaps one day someone will devise such a complex system, however, until then, Graphology will remain an intuitive art form which in certain talented hands may reveal some albeit limited information about people.
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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Mar 2013 (#)

Very fascinating study,let us only hope writing free hand does not become a lost art...great article and information, thank you Tranquilpen...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you for reading Delicia.

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author avatar Retired
19th Mar 2013 (#)

Interesting and well researched. Excellent presentation, TP!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Mar 2013 (#)

Thank you RDN always appreciated, gracious lady.

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author avatar Songbird B
19th Mar 2013 (#)

What an interesting and informative Star page article Andre'..A really enjoyable and insightful read..Now I am just off to check on my writing style..lol..\0/x

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Mar 2013 (#)

Hello Bev, so happy you enjoyed it. As sworn believers would say to the likes of us:"Don't knock it till you've tried it. PS. I forwarded the link to your very informative article about St Patrick to my daughter Ena living in Dublin. X0X0.

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Mar 2013 (#)

Hello dear Andre', I think we reveal sides of ourselves in so many ways, that through our writing would never surprise me. I know over the years my pen hand has changed so much.. Bless you for sending a link to your daughter on my St Patrick's article.. It is a joy to be back in touch with you again dear friend..Hugs\0/x

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author avatar C.D. Moore
20th Mar 2013 (#)

Very interesting arrticle.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
20th Mar 2013 (#)

Very interesting article. thanks Andre

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Mar 2013 (#)

Thanks C.D. glad you found it interesting.

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author avatar johnbee
20th Mar 2013 (#)

Good write

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