Handwriting For Graphologists

Handwriting is a window to both the conscious and the subconscious minds. 

Handwriting refers to a person's unique style of writing characters created with a writing utensil such as a pen or pencil. Your handwriting is just like your finger prints. For instance, no two people in the world can have the same finger print; no two people in the world can have the same handwriting. Even identical twins write differently. A person's handwriting is relatively stable but changes little over time. 

Characteristics of handwriting include:

  • Specific shape of letters, e.g. their roundness or sharpness
  • Regular or irregular spacing between letters
  • The slope of the letters
  • The rhythmic repetition of the elements or arrhythmia
  • The pressure to the paper
  • The average size of letters

How handwriting comes from the subconscious mind?

When we first begin to form letters, we have to think about how to make each one of them. After a short time, our subconscious mind begins to take over the duties of forming the letters, then words, sentences etc. Then we only have to think and our subconscious mind sends minute electrical impulse to our hand telling us how to write. In other words, our brain or subconscious mind actually forms our writing as a result of habit. The pen is merely a tool, directed through the movement of our fingers, by impulses that originate in the brain. The message is sent via the nervous system to our arm, hand, which motivates the pen to produce the writing.

Handwriting varies from person to person and the question to ask and understand is why?

Handwriting requires the motor coordination of multiple joints in the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder to form letters and to arrange them on the page. Holding the pen and guiding it across paper depends mostly upon sensory information from skin, joints and muscles of the hand and this adjusts movement to changes in the friction between pen and paper. With practice and familiarity, handwriting becomes highly automated using motor programs stored in motor memory. Compared to other complex motor skills handwriting is far less dependent on a moment-to-moment visual guidance. - Source

Cursive, also known as script, joined-up writing, joint writing, running writing, or handwriting is any style of penmanship in which the symbols of the language are written in a conjoined and/or flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster. However, not all cursive copybooks join all letters. Formal cursive is generally joined, but casual cursive is a combination of joins and pen lifts. In the Arabic, Latin, and Cyrillic alphabets, many or all letters in a word are connected, sometimes making a word one single complex stroke. - Source

Block letters (known as printscript, manuscript, print writing or ball and stick in academics) are a sans-serif (or "gothic") style of writing Latin script in which the letters are individual glyphs. In English-speaking countries, children are often first taught to write in block letters, and later may advance to cursive (joined) writing. Other countries (Poland, Italy, etc.) focus on cursive writing from the first grade. It is not necessary to write in all capital letters when writing in block letters. The term "block letters" is found to include both upper and lower case. - Source

Calligraphy (from Ancient Greek: κάλλος kallos "beauty" + γραφή graphẽ "writing") is a type of visual art related to writing. It is not found in regular common usage, therefore it it not considered in graphology.

A graphologist and handwriting analyst is different from handwriting expert also know as document examiner or forensic experts. Questioned document examination (QDE) is the forensic science discipline pertaining to documents that are (or may be) in dispute in a court of law.

Lets look at the three distinctly different people.

  • The handwriting owner is writing to express their thoughts and words.
  • The graphologist studies 'how' its written which gives them insights to the personality.
  • The document examiner or handwriting expert detects forgery in questioned documents.

Do you have this formation or do you know anyone or anything more?

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