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Behavioural Problems

This is as difficult and rather grey an area for the graphologist as it is for the psychologist.  First of all we have to consider “what is a behavioural problem?”.

Every nation identifies particular behavioural patterns as their national trait – as they judge neighbouring nations by the opinion that is expressed about them, worldwide.

Recognised and accepted national traits include some of the following:

  • The British: stiff upper lip – cold and formal – lager louts
  • The French: gastronomies – insular – fickle
  • The Italians: temperamental – romantic – dishonest
  • The Chinese: tough – conformist – ruthless
  • The Americans: loud – patriotic – hypocritical – religious

Just look at all those adjectives!  Every nation is populated with people who have some or all of these traits.  So, we all have ‘behavioural problems’ but why does the behaviour of some people appear unacceptable or inexplicable and needs to be examined and ‘rectified’?

Various forms of non-conformity are considered a ‘behavioural problem’.  Does the child who creates havoc in the classroom have a behavioural problem?  Very few teachers and parents take the time, or have the time and knowledge to examine the probable causes.  Why is this?  Because often, they are either in part, or in whole, the cause.

The person who neglects their personal hygiene and allows their home to become a rubbish tip is not just lazy or depressed – something triggered that behaviour (for example, a trauma in their childhood such as almost drowning in the bath or swimming pool, that has given them a ‘terror’ of being in water).   A child having to become a sole carer of a parent(s) at a very young age, with no proper support from relatives or society – housework, hygiene, cooking are now all too much for them as an adult.   The adult who suddenly becomes resentful, angry and violent – they may have witnessed and experienced the unfairness and degradation of being made redundant in the office or at home or they have, through their family or career, witnessed and been forced into acts of violence against others  – eventually becoming an acceptable way of life, or getting what they want.

No-one is born good or evil – we are all a mix of the two.  But circumstances make us what we are to a greater extent and generally the individual modifies each trait to an ‘acceptable’ level.  It is not for any of us to pass judgement but to recognise that the human mind is complex and vulnerable to outside influences, which mix together to cause very different reactions in an individual.   So, the graphologist or psychologist, when asked to ‘help’ understand and ‘sort out’ the person with ‘behavioural difficulties’ has to take into consideration the character, behaviour, and reasoning of those immediately related, one way or another, to that individual.

This is why, as a graphologist, I often ask to have samples of the handwriting of those seeking answers to the ‘offensive’ behaviour as well as that of the individual for whom they are seeking to ‘help’.

For many years pyschologists decried graphology, claiming that it was unscientific.  However, nowadays many psychologists also practice graphology as each discipline complements the other but both are competent tools in the assessment of people’s characters and abilities.  As one client has said to me: “Graphology picks up the stitches that a psychometric test drops.”

The Process

To build up a complete and accurate profile it is essential that the writer’s original handwriting is put forward for examination. Clients come to us from throughout the UK because distance is no barrier to gaining the best handwriting analysis expertise.

Firstly I ‘picture’ the completed sheet of A4 handwriting – in effect, the utilisation of the space – or as my tutor used to put it – consider the blank piece of paper a world without life.  As soon as the pen touches the paper life begins, grows and develops. It is the development of the handwriting, not the content, that illustrates the true character of the writer.  From there on the profile of the writer is defined by every line, curve and dot contained within the written word.

  • careful measurements are then made of all aspects of the handwriting – the overall size; the differential in size between the three zones of the handwriting [upper, middle and lower]. Each must be carefully observed and any deviation from the copybook taught must be evaluated
  • the aesthetic quality of the handwriting assessed now that it has been ‘personalised’ and made unique to the writer – no other writer will adapt their handwriting in exactly the same way
  • measurement of the space between both the individual letters within a word and also the way the words are separated one from the other
  • most writers use a form of connection between letters when building up a word, but it is unusual for every letter to be uniformly connected one to the other. Indeed, some letters will be allowed to stand alone often for aesthetic reasons, but mainly because the form of connection that can be used does not flow easily one letter to another
  • consideration must be given as to why abbreviations in letter form are an integral part of the handwriting. i.e., why the endings of certain words end in a wavy line the actual letter forms being totally undistinguishable
  • Crossings out, smudges, omitted letters, dotting on or around a letter or word together with ambiguity in the shape and form of letters and words have to be carefully considered and play an integral part in ascertaining the actual character of the writer


Fees for preparing psychological analysis are as follows:

  • From £250 to £400 for profiling
  • £75 per hour for counselling

Any questions?

If you wish to learn more about the process, or understand why it is helpful tool in bringing about self-awareness and understanding, I do hope you will contact me and I shall be happy to talk to you.

You can write to me, enclosing samples of the handwriting from the person with the behavioural problem.  Please, however, do remember to ask their permission before commissioning the analysis, unless, of course there is a very good reason not to.  Documents can be sent to me from anywhere throughout the UK and abroad – distance is no object.

There may be occasions when you would like to discuss the completed analysis with me – and I shall be happy so to do.

Please do contact me with any questions you may have, there is no obligation to use my services, and I will be happy to advise you.