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How does Handwriting Analysis Work?

How does Handwriting Analysis Work?

Handwriting analysis has been the  subject of many articles but exactly how it works is still shrouded in mystery.

Handwriting is actually recorded movement and it may be helpful to think of it as a snapshot of your mental and emotional processes.

Another way of looking at it is by comparing it to a cardiogram.

In some respects the written movements that are captured on paper are similar to the spikes and dips of a cardiogram as it records the condition of the heart.

Take a look at the pattern of the following handwriting sample.

It’s a poor picture I know.  But for a moment disregard that and simply take a look at the long downstrokes that show the beat of the handwriting.

There’s a rhythm that you can’t miss.

Of course this is not meant to be an accurate comparison with a cardiogram. But it does serve to illustrate how the trail of written movement can be seen as a reflection of the psyche of the writer.

By studying these variations of written movement the handwriting analyst is able to assess and interpret them in order to describe the nature of the writer.

If handwriting is such a sensitive reflection of your personality it stands to reason that your feelings and emotions will also have an impact on the formations of your handwriting.

Think of it this way.

When you are excited or angry your handwriting changes according to your emotional temperature. It becomes more angular and choppy. It looks less controlled and wilder than your usual handwriting.

But when you are feeling calm and composed your handwriting responds by losing its choppiness.  It becomes smoother, rounder and more contained.

It is comparatively easy for an analyst to assess the meaning and emotional context of a page of handwriting. But that is only the initial stage of a handwriting assessment.

The biggest challenge that remains is to interpret and translate the signs into language that best describes the nature of your personality. And this is no simple matter.  Because describing the nuances of emotion can be quite demanding.

There really is no mystery attached to such a process. It simply amounts to a matter of skill, practice and a certain amount of know-how.

Here are some interesting questions and answers about handwriting analysis


  • Prabhakarbelavadi
    April 17, 2017

    I agree with the author. Infact I guided my student to submit an MPhil. Thesis on handwriting and spectroscopy long long back. An IR spectrum is similar to a cardiogram.

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