Posted by: ugleepen | May 16, 2015

Is Graphology Science?

GraphologyThe dictionary gives the definition  of Graphology as “the study of handwriting as used to infer a person’s character.”

If you haven’t heard of the term “Graphology” you undoubtedly have heard of “handwriting analysis” – it’s the same thing.

Many people in the United States consider graphology to be something from the occult.

However, graphologist Mathew Thomas states in an online article, “It has nothing to do with the occult. A graphologist is not a psychic or a fortune teller.”

Thomas points out that while some sources maintain that graphology has no studies to back it up, the reality is that numerous scientifically-based research studies have been conducted over many years.

These peer-reviewed studies have been published in esteemed scientific journals and are available online for anyone interested in reading them.

An interesting fact about graphology is that, as a science, it began in France.  Today many European countries routinely use this analysis of a person’s handwriting for personnel screening, vocational guidance and in psychology and criminology. Eighty percent of large European companies employ graphologists on their staffs.

Have you ever wondered why each person’s handwriting is so unique?  There are no two people on the entire planet who share the exact same handwriting.  According to graphologists, that’s because every person also has a unique personality, and our handwriting reflects our personality.

Graphology attempts to scientifically study handwriting in order to uncover various facets of personality such as intellectual and creative abilities, integrity, determination to succeed, communication skills, personal drive, productivity, aptitude, vulnerability to stress, defenses, fears and inhibitions, to name a few.

“Handwriting” in this sense refers to cursive. The controversy over teaching cursive in schools continues.

Psychotherapist and graphologist, Annette Poizner, weighs in with this observation:  “Future generations, without handwriting, would have a weak right brain-left brain coordination, which would result in impaired memory power, Attention Deficit Disorder, more learning disabilities, underdeveloped fine motor skills and difficulties with expressiveness.“

“Remember,” says Thomas, “There is no “good” or “bad” handwriting. It is your personality.”

Source: Matthew Thomas 

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