Handwriting analysis is used to establish a person’s personality, identify physical attributes and intellectual potential. It is complementary to other methods of personality and character assessments or profiling.
Handwriting is viewed from 3 angles:
Handwriting analysis gives insight into the personality and character of the individual.
It is useful to life sciences professionals, psychotherapists who can identify the most appropriate approach to take with the individual as well as Human Resources Managers, Corporate Wellness Specialists and individuals who would like an objective view of their strengths, weaknesses, personality and character.
Handwriting analysis identifies aptitudes, interests, values and the intellectual potential of the writer.
It is useful to career counsellors, learners and people considering a career change.
Handwriting analysis can be used to highlight compatibility in relationships, identify areas of potential conflict and to identify strengths and weaknesses of the writer.
It is useful to relationship counsellors, management, Human Resources practitioners, business consultants and couples.
Handwriting analysis can be used to measure the writer’s personality, character and intellectual potential against a job specification.
It is a useful tool to assist in determining the most suitable candidate for a job, succession planning and career development. It is particularly useful to Human Resources Practitioners, Recruitment Managers, Organisational Development Practitioners and Management.
A decision to hire cannot be taken on handwriting analysis alone. It, however, like all recruitments tools, may be used to assist the decision maker in making the decision.
The candidate needs to be aware that you are having their handwriting analysed and should be given full disclosure of their handwriting report.
Whilst we don’t write as much anymore as we used to (as a result of technology), you will be surprised at how often you do actually write.
Initially when we were taught to write, we had to concentrate on each letter. Once it became a habit, we progressed to writing each word and thereafter a sentence or concept. We no longer had to focus so intensely and it became a spontaneous action. Like all habits in life, we become less aware of them as they become a part of us.
Pay attention for one day on just how much you actually write – when on the phone, doodling in meetings, scribbling on Post-It notes, signing credit card slips, in shops, when in traffic, reminders etc.
Whenever I tell someone I’m a handwriting analyst, this is one of the first sentences they say to me.
Every time you write, you will have changes to your handwriting. This is normal. It’s called natural variation.
We have different styles of writing for different situations. We are more inclined to scribble notes to ourselves yet when write for others to see, our writing is neater.
In addition, as we write, our arm and hand gets tired and our writing starts to deteriorate.
Because our moods change, so too does our handwriting. Some days your handwriting will show that you are tired, stressed, emotional, not feeling well or are happy, enthusiastic, feeling energetic etc.
Whilst our moods change, our general personality and character doesn’t. This will be evident in a handwriting analysis and the underlying features are usually the same. For example, your self-discipline is generally something that will be a consistent characteristic.
All of this is taken into account when analysing handwritings.
For a more accurate analysis, we often ask for more than one sample of the handwriting.
This is fantastic and should happen as you mature emotionally and physically.
As we mature emotionally, we should move away from what was taught to us in school and develop our own identities and style. As we mature physically, or even deteriorate on a mental or physical level, so too will our handwritings reflect this.
When analysing handwritings, we take a holistic approach and never take one feature such as an i-dot or a t-cross in isolation.
We use the Gestalt approach, being “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”.
Therefore it would be negligent for a handwriting analyst to give an analysis on this type of feature.
A handwriting analysis should not be conducted without the writer’s consent.
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