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National Handwriting Analysis Day

Added: (Mon Jan 01 2001)

Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Modern Graphology Comes of Age

Graphologists (Handwriting Analysts) throughout the United States of America will celebrate National Handwriting Analysis Day on Tuesday, January 23, 2001. Books on the study of Graphology are no longer listed among the occult; instead, Graphology is now recognized as a behavioral tool and listed in several U. S. governmental agencies:

* In 1979 Graphology books were accepted into the classification of the
U. S. Department of Labor in psychological and personnel categories of
Dewey Decimal Classification at the Library of Congress

Graphology is the technical term for Handwriting Analysis and is derived from the Greek
graphein (writing) plus logos (discourse). Graphology is the study of character and personality through the analysis of the pen strokes of the handwriting.


Handwriting cannot tell you everything about the writer, but it can give you clues to help you understand how people function in their environment. Handwriting Analysis does not:

* Fortell the future
* Age or gender
* Left orright handedness


From a single page of handwriting, the Graphologist can provide answers to questions about personality; what people are really like under their mask; and how they really feel. Handwriting is ofter referred to a brain writing because impulses originating from the brain travel through the nervous system to the limb and guide the pen over the blank page. By applying the principles of graphology, the following information can be evaluated.

? Driving forces (ego needs, need for acceptance)
? Intellect (organization, motivation, creativity)
? Functional ability (self conficence, self-confidence and self-esteem, integrity)
? Interpersonal relations
? Productivity (determination, physical energy, resourcefulness)
? Vunerability to stress (antisocial, unpredictable, manipulative, hystirical, tension)


Graphology is a reliable/objective method to detecting elements of the personality in many areas:

1. Banks for forgeries and teller theft
2. Business in screening personnel and promotions
3. Employment for hiring the best candidate (www.writeright1.com)
4. Compatibility studies, both personal and business
5. Courts for expert witness on document examination and state of mind
6. Financial institutions for credit reliability
7. Forensics in jury selection and character study
8. Grapho-therapy for behavior/personality modification and legibility
behavior/emotional disorders, gangs and graffiti


? happy or depressed
? friendly or hostile
? mature or childlike
? compatible or incompatible
? emotionally warm or indifferent
? introverted or extroverted
? defensive and fearful and needy

If you write when you are nervous and anxious, your feelings of anxiety will show up in a trembling in the strokes of letters. When the Graphologist examines your nervous writing under the microscope, your handwriting reveals the turmoil going on inside of you. Your cannot hide your emotions and feelings. If you are interested in discovering more about the many hidden aspects of your own personality, have your handwriting analyzed.


A Graphologist can analyze handwriting traits and develop a Handwritrig Analysis Report by measurement and synthesis and interpretation of:

? ZONES (upper, middle, and lower) indicators of inner balance and character
? BASELINE measures termperment, mood level and social control
? SLANT reveals social orientation and emotional expression
? PRESSURE shows intensity of energy and displayed sensuality
? SIZE indicator of emphasis writer places on his own importance
? SPACING shows relationship between the writer and other people or situations
? SPEED indicator of mental and physical agility
? RHYTHM shows balance and harmony within self and world
? STOKES reveals qualities of acitivity, thought, expression and communication
? /SHAPE (and ADDITIONAL traits)


Recommended certification and programs include and are not limited to:

Dr. Erika Karoha -- emkarohs@earthlink.net
American Association of Handwriting Analysts aahaoffice@aol.com
American Handwritring Analysis Foundation ahaf@tucson.com
Sheila Lowe -- writechoice@prodigy.net

Graphology studies includes a readings on the basic understanding psychology including:

? Psychoanalytical
? Developmental
? Behavioral
? Abnormal
? Gestalt
? Special problem areas:
? Suicide, abuse (sexual, emotional, physical)


Graphologists abide by a Code of Ethics that was developed by a board of handwriting professionals at the 1995 Vanguard Conference as a first step in standardizing the handwriting analysis profession. The Preamble begins…

Graphology is the study of writing as it relates to personality. Graphologists work
to develop a valid and reliable body of scientifically acceptable knowledge based on
research. Graphologists apply the knowledge to human behavior manifested in the
handwriting and work in positions such as -- researcher, educator, dignostician,
consultant, and expert witness.

Code of Ethics:

1. Defines the rights and responsibilities of graphologists
2. The graphologist is expected to study at seminarsand workshops…
3. The graphologist studies personality of the writer by examining an original handwriting sample
6. The graphologist shall practice only within his area of expertise and NOT make a diagnosis on physical or mental health problems
(UNLESS the graphologist is a psychologist or a physician).
7. In cases of misconduct, the certifying body of the offender should consider suspension or revocation of certification and memberhsip. In severe cases, violations should be reported to the Regulatory authorities of the state…etc.

Because of the different titles in the handwriting analysis profession in the U.S.A., the Vanguard adopted the title GRAPHOLOGIST to include analyst, handwriting analyst, handwriting examiner, handwriting professional, and graphoanalyst.

Improvement in handwriting is important in schools throughout the United States. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between good penmanship and improved behavior. Join in the movement to promote legible handwriting by contacting (cbrownholt@aol.com).

Graphology is NOT new and is the result of contributions from professionals in many countries. Interest in handwriting was frist recorded in 330 B. C. when Aristotle remarked that handwriting was related to personality:

Speech is the expression of ideas, thoughts or desires. Handwriting is the visible form of
speech. Somewhere in handwriting is an expression of the emotions underlying the writer’s
thoughts, ideas, or desires. (Aristotle)

In 1621, we find the first published work on the study of handwriting when the Italian doctor, Camillo Baldi, wrote his tretise on handwriting and character. Baldi that handwriting was a manifestation of the writer’s temperament, personality and character.

In the late 1842 the French monk Jean Hippolyte Michon (considered to be the grandfather of modern graphology) spent years investigating thousands of samples and published a catalog on graphological signs. He coined the term “graphologie” and founded the Societe de Graphologie, which is still one of the leading institutions for the study of graphology at the university level.

In 1888, Jules-Crepieux Jamin (France) was Michon’s successor and disciple and published a study on how handwriting traits (how and what you write) influence interpretation of writing.

In 1895, the Physiology Professor Dr. Wilhelm T. Preyer (Germany) related graphic movement (writing) to mental processes. He was the first to coin the term “brain writing.”

In 1904, the psychologist Alfred Binet (France) affirmed the reliability of handwriting analysis in a published study and later developed the first standardized IQ test.

In 1910, the German Psychologist and Philosopher, Dr. Luddwig Klages, formulated a theory that handwritng had a general common rhythm as did walking and facial expressions.

In 1934, the Psychologist Dr. Max Pulver (Switzerland) showed how conscious and unconscious drives are indicated in handwriting.

It was in the early 1900’s that the American newspaperwoman, Louise Rice, brought Graphology to the United States upon her return to the United States after a European assignment. Today, Graphology is on the rise in the United States, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Iceland, Great Britain and Russia.

For information on: Graphology/Handwriting Analysis
Conferences and Lectures
Grapho-Therapy, handwriting/penmanship
Tutoring in reading and writing

CONTACT: Catherine A. Brownholtz at (cbrownholt@aol.com) 215 843-6464
Certified Master Handwriting Analyst
Former Special Education Teacher
Former Director of Philadelphia Marionette Theater & Museum.

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