By Akber Ayub June 2010 Handwriting is our character frozen on paper. The art and science of Graphology. The spirit of writingWhat kind of handwriting do the great sages of India possess?Swami Vivekananda His writing shows his committed and determined nature. His lower zone strokes reveal his confidence, and his ‘c’s depict his courage and valour. His extreme right hand slant indicates his emotional depth.His under looped ‘g’ represents his constant strife to do more for the country and his self-dissatisfaction. His arcades and loops show that he is a strategist in the real sense, and knows how to deal with the situation tactfully. His ‘d’ shows that he was continuously perturbed by negativities in society.In conclusion, he comes across as a complex personality, difficult to understand. His handwriting reveals his desire to know God from a scientific perspective.The Dalai Lama The size and slant of his signature shows that he is ambitious, well travelled and has met a lot of people. He thoroughly enjoys his task as a spiritual leader and is engrossed in it.Gaps in his signature reveal that he is a mysterious personality, with a strong ESP (extra sensory perception).The lack of legibility tells us that he is a private person and not many people know his real self.In conclusion, a light-hearted, peaceful figure dynamically executing his mission. This trait is proven from his straight high pressure strokes.Mata Amritanandmayi The doodles throughout her signature shows a personality with a great sense of humour,conveying the message of peace in simple words to others.The doodle of bird within the signature indicates a strong desire of freedom, which could be a strife for liberation of soul.Her expansive signature shows that her organisation has spread over a large area, and has received international acclaim. She is committed to its further expansion.The curves and wide gap in her writing show her clairvoyance and pyschic powers.Rabindranath Tagore His ‘r’ shows a love for nation and a profound pride in nationality. His ‘I’ indicate his creative talents. His open looped ‘a’s reflect a gregarious personality with great power of expression. He was an honest person, who lived for a cause. The size of his writing declares his desire to reach out to masses, through his pen. The loops in writing shows his amicable nature and ability to make friends very soon.Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi There has been a great change in style and size of his writing over the years. From being a very aggressive youth, he transcended himself into a self-giving, benevolent ‘Father of the Nation’.The curves in his writing indicate that he was a loner and an intellectual. His signature and handwriting are written in the same pattern, representing that he is the same in his public and private persona. Ever wondered why many corporate offices ask for a handwritten text from candidates during interviews? The ploy here is not to find if the candidate has a good handwriting, rather, to find if he has a good character, and other desirable or undesirable qualities.Handwriting taking the place of a personality quiz. Enter the science of handwriting analysis or graphology. It is the technique of unravelling the personality of an individual by examining the characteristics, style and strokes of his handwriting. It is amazing how a trained graphologist can gather an astonishing amount of information about the writer merely by analysing his handwriting. The information is not limited to just a personality profile, but many other personal traits and qualities such as past experiences, mental problems, health, intelligence, inherent talents, even honesty and morality. Says J Mahadev, a retired marketing stalwart from a reputed tobacco company, “Faced with a serious problem of pilferage from the lower ranks in sales and distribution, I resorted to handwriting analysis to identify dishonest personnel. After weeding out the swindlers, and shifting yet others outside marketing, I used the same technique to pick new, honest recruits. The results were amazing. I solved the problem of pilferage and revenue loss literally by the stroke of a pen.”How does one’s handwriting pack so much innate information about one’s character? The answer is simple – handwriting is our character frozen on paper. Moreover, graphologists demystify that aphorism with this simple explanation: our brain guides our hand while we write. There is a constant flow of signals between our brain and the reflex muscles of our hand. A person’s handwriting is therefore the result of a natural psychological process and a projection of his subconscious. So quite simply, handwriting paints a picture of the person behind the pen – in much the same manner as the tone, speed, emphasis, inflection, hesitations and loudness of a verbal communication and the body language of the speaker reveal a lot about his character and personality.Called variously as graphology, and later mind writing, handwriting analysis has evolved over time into not just a soft-screening technique for corporate offices but also an instrument of change for individuals in what is called as grapho-therapy that alters personality traits merely by altering handwriting. It has also branched off into criminal, matrimonial, stress management, and selfdevelopment territories and is a tool to detect stress and illness.The term ‘graphology’ is derived from the Greek words ‘grapho’ meaning ‘to write’ and ‘logos’ meaning ‘theory’. Interestingly, Southern India stakes claim to the science of graphology, which originated here centuries ago, and later spread to the rest of the world. Although it later fell into obscurity in India, the last reference to it was found in the works of Shri Ramdas Swami, the great Maharashtrian saint who was guru to Shivaji.In his text, Dasabodha, he wrote in detail about handwriting revealing mindsets and also how a bad handwriting could affect the mindset. He also prepared charts of ideal scripts.So how does a handwriting analyst read a scrawl and reveal personality and character traits?Different aspects of handwriting are observed to gain insights about the writer. It begins with an initial general look at the handwriting, much as you would look at a painting. Then the analyst makes mental notes of the most outstanding traits like slant, size, and shape of letters, loops, dots and the cross on the ‘t’. Experienced graphologists can usually put the writer in a category right away. People who dot their i’s and cross their t’s precisely, tend to be more meticulous than those who don’t. In addition, the slant indicates the writer’s emotional response to external stimuli. A right slant indicates someone who responds strongly to emotional situations and who is caring, warm and outgoing – the heart ruling the mind. A vertical slanted writer endeavours to keep his emotions in check – mind ruling the heart. A left slanted writer, on the other hand, will conceal emotions and could be cold and indifferent. Moreover, varying slant indicates a person who is ambivalent, unpredictable and self-conflicted. Similarly, the size of the letters indicates whether the writer is an extrovert or an introvert – in much the same way as someone’s attire reveals an aspect of the personality. Large bold writing typically indicates an ego-driven, action-oriented socialiser, while medium size indicates a practical, balanced individual with a desire mind ~ growth to fit in, small writing indicates a modest, self-actualised person while very small size indicates a low-key, cerebral introvert with no desire to be noticed.Next, the analyst tries to decipher the emotional energy of the writer. This is an important factor, since it has a direct impact on every other trait displayed in the handwriting. Emotional energy is determined by observing how much pressure the writer uses when he writes – simply by turning the page over and feeling the underside and by noting if the writing is dark and solid or light and feeble. This reveals both the physical and mental energy levels of the individual. Understandably, heavy pressure denotes lot of vitality and a domineering personality who would also be very success oriented. Average pressure denotes moderately successful individuals with enough energy to make it through the day, while light pressure indicates a tendency to avoid energy draining situations.Handwriting generally has a mix of various such characteristics, or indicators, and an analyst will consider interpretation of all of them together. For example, a writer with heavy pressure and a vertical slant would mean some- one with strong emotions who generally keeps them in check –someone who is not very emotionally responsive. There are many such steps involved in putting together a complete personality profile. The more indicators considered the clearer will be the picture. A professional graphologist looks at hundreds of indicators. Little wonder the accuracy rate is claimed to be as high as 98 per cent by practitioners and clients alike. Little wonder too that many American and European universities have now included handwriting analysis as part of their psychology and psychiatry courses.Whereas handwriting represents a person’s true personality, the signature represents the public image the writer wants to project. Therefore, a big difference between a person’s writing and his signature indicates a big difference between his private and public self. For example, small writing with a large or flamboyant signature indicates a person spending significant energy to overcome his private quiet nature to gain some
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