A. Psychometric testing, even the most rigorous, generally gives you the individual’s own impression as to who and what they are. Graphology gives you the actual person and why and how they have developed the character they have today.
Q. Can graphology guarantee that these people will meet expectations both personally and professionally?
A. Graphology eliminates a considerable degree of risk. It points out individual strengths and weaknesses and also potential to grow and develop within an organisation/position. Potential development cannot be guaranteed at anytime – because it is dependent not only on the individual, but circumstances, people and situations within which they are living and working at any one time.
Q. Are candidates informed that their handwriting is going to be analysed?
A. Yes and no. I advocate that all my clients should openly admit to the use of a Graphologist. Certainly when giving talks or seminars I stress the importance of this, together with the fact that a graphological assessment should be written to benefit both the candidate and the client, equally – making for a better understanding one of the other.
Q. What is the financial benefit of using graphology in employment?
A. It is twofold – one: the right person is employed and therefore likely to be with the company over a considerable period of time – therefore saving considerable sums for recruitment, training for an individual position, and also ensuring that colleagues and associates find the situation of having a new colleague more fulfilling than threatening and stay put. Secondly: a graphological assessment for a top position, i.e. Chairman or CEO, costs less than £1,500 (per candidate) – a very small outlay against an annual salary that runs into six figures and helps safeguard the reputation of the organisation as a whole.
Q. Is it true that Graphology is not a science because it is not an exact art? Psychologists rubbish it and you find it on the New Age / Occult shelves in a library.
A. Graphology is a social science that has been researched, developed, and still is, since 3,000 B.C. It is as old as medicine – another science that is only as good as the practitioner, indeed as is any science or expertise be it carving a statue or the building of a space rocket. No human being responds to medicine or nature in exactly the same way – therefore a medical doctor has to assume that the body conforms to a ‘norm’ – this is their baseline and they have to work from there. So the graphologist uses the ‘handwriting copybook’ learned in childhood as the ‘norm’ and has to work from this, carefully measuring all the deviations and taking into account any physical or mental disabilities/traumas that affect the writer’s life and therefore, their handwriting – as indeed all of these do.
Q. What training does a Graphologist undergo?
A. The British Institute of Graphologists has a three part examination for membership which includes ‘eye-training’; psychology; professional report compiling and specialisation. More information is available on Graphologist Training.
The British Academy also has a three year course based upon the French System of Learning.
Five Italian Universities now have a Chair in Graphology including Bologna and Urbino which has had a Chair in graphology combined with medicine and philosophy since 1622. Bologna is the oldest operating university in the world (1088 -).
Many other European and International Universities have accredited courses in Graphology particularly in Switzerland, Spain, Argentina etc.
Q. What are the prices you charge for the various handwriting analysis services on offer?
A. The price depends on the type of service required, but the general Graphocentric pricing list has all of the current professional fees.
Please do contact me with any other questions you may have. I’ll be happy to help without obligation.