In that article, I explained an approach that uses information gathering and questions instead of the usual information sharing technique to create ease in rapport with the person whose handwriting you are analyzing.
By Alessandra Bianchi Tom Payette used to think what you're thinking. Now he swears that graphology is the best predictor of how a new hire will work out How high do you cross your t's? Does your handwriting slant to the left or to the right? Tom Payette wants to know.
Payette's interest in graphology -- the study of handwriting -- is more than passing. For the past 11 years the chief executive of Tom Payette Buick Inc. He claims the technique has significantly reduced his employee-turnover rate.
Payette didn't always feel that way. Then one day 12 years ago he got a call from Iris Hatfield, president of HuVista International, a year-old Louisville graphology business with more than clients nationwide. Out of curiosity more than anything else, Payette submitted his penmanship for Hatfield's analysis.
I didn't see anything that I felt was particularly original. After reviewing Payette's penmanship, she made an observation that astonished him. He had been working on toning down an approach he'd thought was humorous but employees had found offensive. He didn't expect such a subtle behavioral change to be picked up by a stranger like Hatfield, let alone for it to be apparent in his handwriting.
In Europe, graphology is used widely in business to detect personality traits as varied as ego drive and risk aversion. It's been 15 years since the Library of Congress changed graphology's classification from "occult" to "behavioral sciences," yet the practice still is dogged by the belief that it's a fairground fancy.
Also, it's often viewed as a threat by human-resources directors, who are often loath to cede control over the hiring process to an outsider. According to Roger Rubin, president of the member National Society for Graphology, handwriting analysis is adopted only "when an important person in the company has experience in having it done.
Many others use it but don't admit to it. It also enables him to spot undesirable qualities -- what he calls "obstacles to success," such as sensitivity to criticism. Payette also uses handwriting analysis to assess how well an employee might be suited for a promotion or a move.
He has had Hatfield devise "success profiles" for his company's management, sales, clerical, and technical jobs, basing each on a composite of the handwriting characteristics of the top performers in each job category.
The analyses haven't been right every time, Payette concedes. What Tom Payette sends to graphologist Iris Hatfield, and how she views his candidate's handwriting: We provide these three questions as examples, but any open-ended question will do. Sometimes a person's handwriting varies at the start of writing something, so we ask for a full page in order to do an accurate analysis.
Fooling the analyst would be very difficult; having the sample written on an unlined sheet of paper and having it be something spontaneous as opposed to copied help ensure that the writing is original and not too structured. There is less spontaneity in block printing, which makes it harder to decipher.
We look at the connections between letters and the pressure on the upstrokes and the downstrokes, and with printing, you can't tell as much.
Script gives us the rest of the story. We also examine the space, form, movement, rhythm, arrangement, size, and slant of the letters, along with numerous other factors. No one element stands on its own. It's important that the sample be written with a ballpoint or fountain pen, not a felt tip; the latter obscures the pressure of a person's upstrokes and downstrokes.
At the risk of oversimplification, I'd say that some of the characteristics of Jane Doe's writing -- among them, the way she varies her forms from school-copybook style -- indicate a keen intelligence. Hers is a direct, efficient writing.
She uses shortcuts to maximize the speed of her writing, such as eliminating lead-in strokes on the beginning of letters and crossing the t with a fluid, continuous stroke that leads into the next letter. The combination of narrow right and left margins, plus the way the lower loops on her letters overlap the next line of writing, indicates that she enjoys participating in life's events to the point of becoming involved with too many activities at one time.
Unless she has the opportunity for a lot of mental stimulation and interesting activities, she will become bored and could be a retention risk.Dr.
Annette Poizner, author of Clinical Graphology: An Interpretive Manual for Mental Health Practitioners, describes graphology, or handwriting analysis, as the process of "seeing handwriting as. Handwriting Analysis or graphology is a scientific method of identifying, evaluating and understanding personality through the strokes and patterns revealed by handwriting.
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Handwriting analysis, graphology, depicts an individual's physiological and psychological functions. The tactile and visually expressive behavior of writing uniquely fulfills . The purpose of this blog is to educate people interested in subjects of Questioned Handwriting for legal purposes and handwriting analysis for Personality Evaluations for business or other related services.
Handwriting analysis is referred to as Graphology. Handwriting may also be regarded as “brain writing”. It is an expression of the whole personality.
Writing is expressive movements and these movementshave there meanings and interpretations. Graphology is the study of handwriting and the connection it has to a persons behavior.
There are three main systems of graphology.