Introduction

Introduction to Graphology and Handwriting Analysis

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Graphology is made up to two words, Grapho which means (French, from Middle French, from Greek, from graphē, from graphein) to write and ology is a discipline of study, as indicated by having the -ology suffix.

There also exist many other words formed from the same root: Graphopathology, Graphomaniac, Graphistic, Graphopsychology, Psychographology, Graphometric, Graphometry, Graphoanalysis, Graphotechnology, Micrographia.

Other ways to describe Graphology and handwriting interchangeably are graphologic, brainwriting, "Handwriting is brain writing.", graphologists also work with the police at what’s called “forensic graphoanalysis.”

The person who studies graphology is a graphologist, the person who conducts handwriting analysis is a handwriting analyst, both can be one and the same. The difference is a graphologist 'studies' graphology (shapes, forms, traits, etc) and a handwriting analyst 'analyzes' the handwriting (using graphology) and may expresses it. Thus "graphology is a science and handwriting analysis is an art".

Art is the Objectification of FEELING. - Herman Melville

Graphology (science) is predictable, it has a set of ideas or notions. Handwriting analysis (art) depends, first on understanding of graphology and then the ability to express it to another person. Thus a single handwriting can be expressed in a zillion different ways.

Graphology has evolved via two major thoughts on how handwriting analysis is done.

  1. Gestalt Technique - Gestalt analysis follows the basic principle that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. These are the caliber, proportion, spacing, progression, pressure, gesture or area occupied by the features.
  2. Trait Stroke Technique - Trait stroke analysis believes that a specific stroke formation reveals a certain personality trait.

Interestingly both methods will arrive at a similar conclusions, using different paths.

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