Graphology is derived from the Greek words “Graphos” meaning writing and “logos” meaning science. It is the analysis and study of handwriting in accordance to human psychology. Graphology can also be helpful in diagnosing mental diseases in people. Graphology is based on some basic concepts such as:
- While writing, our ego is at its peak when we put in a lot of effort, and it is at its lowest when we have gained momentum.
- The writer uses simpler forms of letters when the writing becomes difficult.
- The written stokes reflect a long term or transitory change somewhere in the central nervous system like alcohol usage or Parkinson's disease.
The three major approaches to Graphology are as follows:
It holds a specific stroke structure which relates to personality traits. To understand a specific personality trait, a clustered stroke formation is used. Systems that fall under this criterion are, trait strokes, fixed signs, graphoanalysis and french system.
A profile is made in this approach, based on spacing and movement and form of writing. It starts from the outside moving towards inside.
In this approach symbols play a vital role. They can be minor symbols or major ones. Major symbols are related to a particular page based on the stroke whereas minor symbol depends on the picture the stroke draws.
Not just restricted to a select group of enthusiasts, writing samples are even taken by companies to judge applicant personality profiles. This helps the company then assess how compatible the applicant is with his or her co-workers. Graphology is also done by people who are about to get married, as it allows them to see how compatible they are with each other. It can act as a check point where marriages are arranged.
Some people are of the view that the future can be predicted by graphology while some others believe that spiritual guidance can be achieved by hand analysts. Graphology is a vital tool to understand the disposition of a person. For example if the signature of a person is very decorative then it means that he is very egotistic and presents him or herself in a dramatic manner, whereas if the signature of a person goes beyond the page then it means that they want to attract attention by all means.
A genuinely interesting field, graphology is a great way to understand not just people around you, but also yourself. A great deal can be learnt by analyzing your own handwriting.