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Handwriting and Personality: How Graphology Reveals What Makes People Tick by Ann Mahony

This is a great book to start with when learning handwriting analysis (graphology) due, refreshingly, to the lack of celebrity signatures or samples.


unfortunately no 'look-inside' feature. But for a free look inside another pretty good book on graphology is

Signature for Success: How to Analyze Handwriting and Improve Your Career, Your Relationships, and Your Life


Combine it with the 'look-inside' from this book


and you can get a pretty good picture of how graphology works.

Interesting introductory video:


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Thought experiment

If handwriting alone really explains everything about a person, why is it that if we resection out large parts of the brain, that someone can still write?

Because of this counterexample, I'm not easily buying any theories with wide sweeping claims about how handwriting explains how the brain works.

It is an interesting theory, but it is a lot like phrenology in my mind.

my skepticism is more simplistic...

I wonder if this graphology is like astrology or cold reading. If you throw enough adjectives out there some people will start associating themselves with the substance of said adjectives. See Penn and Teller BS episode on astrology and you'll see what I'm saying.

It's good to be skeptical, but it's pretty much proven that

Writing is a direct line from the brain to the page. Amputees who learn to write with the other hand have the same writing style, nuances etc.

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Just because something is

Just because something is "accepted" doesn't mean it is true.

Nevertheless, I have to dispute that your claim is widely considered "accepted" in the neuroscience community.

Besides, I don't even know what you mean by "writing is a direct line from the brain to the page." There are so many different systems involved in writing that there cannot possibly be a "direct line." Even if there was a "direct line" I wouldn't know what valid conclusions one might draw from that.

Sorry to be so pedantic, but people really don't understand the brain much at all, and it is dangerous to make giant leaps from small data points to grandiose generalizations.


handwriting is the 3-dimensional shadow of the

4-dimensional mind.

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My question has already been

My question has already been answered.

That's why it is a counterexample to your theory.

Have a look at HM.


Would love to see this guy's writing before & after...

also, are you familiar with the story of Phineas Gage?


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It's called 'Cursive', dang it!

In Texas, it's not called 'handwriting'...it's called 'cursive'. LOL! And nobody will be able to read or write it anymore. Sad. I love my 'cursive'.

It applies equally to text and cursive.

There may not be connecting forms but there are other ways to learn what those connectors would have told you - many other ways.

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Spontaneous Handwriting Changes

I experience spontaneous handwriting changes, sometimes.

Most of the time my handwriting is a lot like my Dad's. He's a retired engineer, and an inventor, very good at physics, math, problem-solving, and other traits well known to libertarians. It's not particularly legible, though we sometimes print as he was taught drafting.

However, my mother is a retired school teacher, and school administrator, and liberal. She has very well-formed and rounded handwriting, and always took on the thankless task of filling out forms.

I don't do it on purpose, and I can't write that way all the time. Thinking, "this is an official document" works better to neaten my handwriting than anything else I've tried; I just channel Mom.

When I sign any kind of government document, or formal paperwork, such as a deed to real estate, or my will, I feel a switch in my brain, which I equate to my Mom and a desire to communicate clearly and officially, and my signature switches to her handwriting style rather than my own or my Dad's. Same when I write greeting cards.

I'm also aware that if you want to see if vitamins are helping your impaired elders with dementia and other problems, the way you tell is by comparing handwriting before and after.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Thanks for that.

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I've never seen that pic

Love it, stole it :)

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer


This is just like astrology, phrenology, scientology, and dozens of other piles of bullshit that morons have been buying since the first con man found the first sucker.

Shame on you for promoting it.


"The problem with trying to child-proof the world, is that it makes people neglect the far more important task of world-proofing the child." -- Hugh Daniel

Thanks for chiming in...


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You're really into this handwriting stuff, aren't you?

"The study of a person's thought process, through the medium of writing."

Oh, I see why this is fascinating.

Tells in plain sight. Hidden, right there in the handwriting.

Are you good at it?

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

There's the holistic school versus the gestalt school.

Looking at the image as a whole versus trying to isolate fragments and assigning (mostly undue) power to them.

I always liked the 'take a step back' approach afforded by the first option. Luckily my learning partner is more interested in looking at minutiae and is happy with the Gestalt school of graphology. The 'obsessing on details' aspect.

Am I good at it?" I'd say that every time I've asked for a handwritten statement, I've gotten one.


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This is why

hand writing will no longer be taught in the future imo.


Yeah - I've lamented that too. Seems like the plan now...

is to pre-program the kids into such a predictable form that it would no longer even be telling to see a handwriting sample. In the future they'll all look the same because they will all have been formed in the same way.

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Looks like an interesting read


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

This 'look inside' is much much much better.



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