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How it Works

Graphology, or handwriting analysis, is a scientific method of assessing character and ability from handwriting. The first known records of its use are in the works of Aristotle when acting as a pupil and scribe for Socrates. Therefore, it is as old as medicine and has, like medicine, been researched and developed over the centuries.

So how does it work?

The Graphologist will ask for a handwritten sheet bearing at least seven to ten lines of text together with the ‘official’ signature of the writer and, if appropriate, a less formal signature such as that appended to a letter or card to a friend or relative. In a perfect world the handwriting will be on plain, not ruled, paper and using either a biro or roller point pen, or (a graphologist’s dream come true) a fountain pen.

The handwriting sample will need to be sent to Graphocentric, ideally by recorded delivery to guarantee receipt.  I have never met the majority of people who send me handwriting to analyse because the nature of my work means that it can be sent to me from anywhere in the UK or abroad.

The importance of the paper and the writing instrument

The biro, roller ball or fountain pen clearly illustrate the degree of pressure placed upon the writing instrument, which is a most important tool when assessing the forcefulness, or otherwise, of the character of the writer. The choice of colour of the ink and the quality of the paper can also be taken into consideration. It is time then for the Graphologist to settle down to analyse the fluency of the handwriting together with how it varies from the copybook taught, how it is placed upon the page, whether the lines and words are far apart or close together. The clarity of the individual letters and words are important as is the formation – it can be carefully drawn or very neglected in appearance. Punctuation, simplicity or ornamentation also play their part in the building up of a precise and accurate portrait of the character and behaviour of the author.

There are approximately 300 – 400 movements in the handwriting that the graphologist has to take into consideration when completing a Personality Profile – whether the Profile is to be used solely by the writer, or whether it is being used for recruitment, resolving or understanding behavioural attitudes and/or problems, discerning integrity and ability, the examination of documents thought to have been fraudulently signed or issued.

An analysis can take from four to forty hours to complete dependent upon the complexity of both the handwriting and the writer’s character. However the completed Personality Profile will only present the writer as they are today. It cannot foretell future behaviour, neither can it accurately diagnose physical illness [unless of course the graphologist has a good knowledge of medical conditions and traumas]. They can, of course, discern weakness in various parts of the body and can and do suggest that the writer seeks a thorough medical examination.

It is always essential to employ a professional graphologist – preferably one who belongs to a recognised graphological body such as the British Institute of Graphologists or the British Academy of Graphology.  It’s unfortunate that there are many who have jumped on the Graphology bandwagon but who do not have the required expertise to analyse the handwriting to the standards that would be expected from members of the recognised graphological bodies.