What is handwriting analysis?
Handwriting analysis is a scientific, clinically validated method of determining a person's personality/character make-up from analyzing the strokes that a person makes when they write. It can be seen by analyzing each stroke created, size, pressure, spacing, form level, and placement of writing.
What can be revealed about a person from their handwriting?
There are 200+ characteristics that can be determined from how a person writes. This includes temperament, emotions, moods, self-esteem, intelligence, social ability, drives, energy, imagination, fears, defenses, and potential problem areas.
What can NOT be revealed about a person from their handwriting?
Handwriting cannot tell someone's age, race, gender, religion, nationality, whether someone is right or left handed, and it cannot predict the future.
How does a person's handwriting reveal their personality?
In basic terms, we have neuro-pathways within our brains that tell us how to move a writing object across the page. They do so by sending electrical impulses from the brain, down through the nerves of the arm, and into the hand which causes the writing instrument to move in the manner in which it does. (This is why handwriting is often referred to as brain writing by many analysts.)
Neuro-scientist who have tested and studied handwriting throughout the years have noted that people who share similar stroke patterns do in fact share the same traits within their personality.
How accurate is handwriting analysis?
Handwriting analysis is only as accurate as the analyst doing the analysis. Generally, more talented analysts have greater than 90% accuracy ratings. Personally, my experience has shown me that there are only two instances when people will not agree with their analysis:
- I haven't explained what I see in a way that the person can relate it to their life
- The person cannot accept certain aspects about themselves (ie. stubbornness)
I have found that outside of these two instances, people that I have done an analysis on agree with 95%-100% of what I tell them I can see from their handwriting.
Is handwriting analysis legal?
Yes. In 1977 the Supreme Court, in the case "United States vs. Sydney Rosinsky", stated in their ruling: "What someone's handwriting looks like is considered public information... similar to, for example, how someone dresses or their body language, and the psychological analysis that can be extracted from the information is not considered an invasion of privacy."
Can messy handwriting be analyzed?
Yes. It makes no difference as to if a person's handwriting is legible or not. It is not necessary to be able to read the content written to be able to do a proper analysis.
What if my handwriting always looks different?
It is normal for handwriting to not always look the same. In fact, certain characteristics may change depending on your current circumstances and moods. However, your basic personality characteristics will remain the same.
Though if your handwriting looks totally different from moment to moment, then you may have a variable personality and some people might call you moody.
Can I really change my personality by changing how I write?
Yes. This is called "grapho-therapy". There are two reasons this works.
First, in consciously making yourself change how you write, it creates new neuro-pathways within your brain which causes changes in your personality. Think of it this way. Lets say you get a new light fixture and you sit it next to your old one. Consciously, you unplug the old light fixture while plugging in the new fixture. The old light is still there, but it isn't getting the power to work.
Next, because this is a conscious effort on your part, every time you write in this new way, it reinforces to you that you are changing and it then becomes cemented within you that you are now different.
What does it mean when someone only prints?
Generally speaking, it means that person prefers to not let people get to know them very easily. It is a "front" to keep them protected so other people cannot easily hurt them. It also means that this person has a hard time expressing theirselves intimately.
About half of the men in the United States print. This explains why so many men have a difficult time in expressing theirselves emotionally.
Can printing be analyzed?
Yes. In doing handwriting analysis, a lot more things can be seen in cursive handwriting than in print but it can still be analyzed.
What about people who combine printing and cursive within their writing?
This is pretty normal. It could mean that a person is in a hurry when they are writing. However, if they write like this even when not in a hurry, it can be a sign of intelligence and intuition.
Can you analyze just a signature?
Yes, but it's not enough to do a proper analysis. The reason being because a signature is a person's sign to the world that this is how they want to be perceived. Whereas their normal handwriting is a true indicator of what they are really like. The more handwriting available to analyze, the more that can be revealed about the writer and the more accurate the analysis will be.
What does an illegible signature mean?
As stated in the previous answer, a person's signature is what they want the world to see them as. So when a person's signature is not legible, then this means that they don't want the world to know who they really are. It could also just mean that they sign their name a lot and have developed a quick way to do so.
Can you only analyze English?
No. I can analyze any handwriting that uses the Latin based alphabet, such as Spanish, French, German, etc. I cannot analyze Hebrew, Chinese or any other writing that does not use the Latin alphabet.
How common is it for companies to use handwriting analysis for pre-screening employees?
The use of handwriting analysis has grown since 1988, when the lie detector test (polygraph machine) was made illegal to pre-screen potential employees in the United States.
Companies are now starting to realize that the studies done over the past 10 years are true. These studies have shown that 80% of the people who are hired for their jobs are not right for their jobs and will often be replaced within 3-12 months.
This is a staggering statistic that most companies want to avoid. Many companies now search for various means to lower their turnover rate, and increasingly, they are turning to handwriting analysis to help aid in their hiring decisions.
Note: If you would like to know what career you are best suited for, contact the analyst for a "Career Analysis".
What companies have used handwriting analysis as a part of their pre-screening process?
You might be surprised to learn that companies such as General Electric, Firestone, Royal Typewriter, United States Steel, IBM, Prudential Life Insurance, and Boise Cascade have all used this tool to aid them in their hiring practices.