Graphology

Graphology

 

         I am doing my final project on Graphology. In this project I am going to look what exactly is Graphology. Often times we forget the importance of our own unique handwriting. So much of our writing is done on computers and our phones through email, Microsoft word, and texting. Who has gotten a handwritten letter in the past year? Who has sent a handwritten a letter in the past year? My guess is a very select few have. I think writing a letter is beautiful and so meaningful. It’s a well thought out way of communication and it takes time. You have to write it then you have to buy a stamp and put it in the mail. Yes, an email is quick and free but think of how special is it for you to receive something like that in the mail and it all makes sense.

         So what exactly is Graphology? Developed by the Chinese some 3,000 years ago graphology according to dictionary.com “is the study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of the writer’s character, personality, abilities, ect.” Who would of thought we could pull such things about ourselves just through our handwriting? As I mentioned above Chinese scholars 3,000 years go knew that there was something that one’s personality and character. For example, Confucius warned “beware of a man whose writing sways like a reed in the wind” (British Institute of Graphologists). Camillo Baldi wrote the first book known in 1622. He was from Italy and from this “ it began in Italy that graphology has become a recognized subject in the study of human nature and identity all over the world,” (British Institute of Graphology). One may think that this is just made up, but people who were experts in things such as anatomy, philosophy, physiology, medicine and many more subjects studied and wrote books on the subject of graphology. Later Graphology exploded in Europe specifically in France around 1872. Jean Hippolyte Michon wrote a book based off of observation and experience. “By his life work Michon produced an invaluable catalogue, so far unsurpassed of graphological signs and rules based on his own experience,” (Handwriting Foundation). Graphology is often studied at a colligate level within psychology departments.

         Now you may be wondering how is graphology used in the world? Is it just something we do for fun or is there a practical use of it? According to the British Institute of Graphologists it can be used for recruitment, management selection, corporate training, security checking, career guidance, personality profiling and many more things. For example when graphology is used for corporate training according to the website “it can highlight staff strengths and flag up weaknesses, potential and motivation” (British Institute of Graphology). When doing research I found a article from the BBC that talked about how in France, Graphology is very relevant. Watch this link to learn more about it! ->(Video on Graphology BBC) Also you may not know it, but you may often be using your unknown skill of graphology everyday. Think of reading a note you see lying around your house. You look at it and look for the individual features of that handwriting to pick out whose it is. Just thinking now I can picture all my siblings’ handwriting and what makes their handwriting unique.

         I am going to go one step further in this reading of individual features of my siblings and parent’s handwriting. I am going to do a rough analysis (although I am no expert) of each of their handwriting! Stay tuned!

 

Resources used:

 

http://www.britishgraphology.org/

 

http://handwritingfoundation.org/graphology-history/

 

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1 Comment

  1. I really like this topic of Graphology because I do agree it is something that has been forgotten. I feel like people now think it is just too difficult to handwrite anything, but in my opinion that is what makes writing personal. It is the unique differences we all have in our writing that can make all the difference when reading something. This is just another example of how technology, like typing on a computer, has taken over.

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