History and Information about Graphology or Handwriting Analysis Part 1

About the history of graphology or handwriting analysis, information about followers and how to do it yourself.

GRAPHOLOGY

What Is It?

A method of determining character from one's handwriting; from graph ("writing") and ology ("science").

History

The first book on graphology was written by Camillo Baldi in 1632. In 1830 a learned churchman, Abbe Flandrin, elaborated on Baldi's book and gave the study its name of graphology. Flandrin's pupil, Abbe Michon, furthered the work, and his student, Crepieux-Jamin, wrote five books on the subject. Dr. Ludwig Klages pioneered graphology in Germany, while in Switzerland Dr. Max Pulver, educator and philosopher, established chairs of graphology at the universities of Basel and Bern.

Followers

Astronomer Sir William Herschel placed the highest value on deductions and decisions based on graphology. Other learned persons who took up the interest included Goethe, Disraeli, Robert and Elizabeth Browning, and Thomas Carlyle. Edgar Allan Poe wrote an impressionistic book on it called Autography. Today the subject is taught in many European universities and at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Do It Yourself

Slant: Far-forward slant reveals the outgoing, expressive, emotionally warm person. You wear your heart on your sleeve.

Vertical, slanting neither to left nor to right, reveals the poised, judgment-ruled person. Your head rules your heart.

Backhand reveals someone introverted, cool, undemonstrative. You prefer concealment to confidence.

Pressure: Heavy pressure and dark strokes indicate the robust sensualist with deep feelings. You may forgive but you will never forget.

Even pressure reveals normal depth of feelings, neither shallow nor long-lasting.

Very light pen pressure reveals the sensitive idealist, often impractical. Your bark is worse than your bite.

Oval Letters (a, d, g, and o): When these are open at the top, it reveals that you're honest. If wide open, it means it's hard for you to keep a secret. You talk too much.

Closed ovals reveal secretiveness. You keep confidences and know when to keep your mouth shut.

Ovals that are locked with a double loop: Liars need a good memory. Sign of deliberate deceit.

Rounded Letters: You're an easygoing, receptive person, apt to take the path of least resistance. You try not to make waves.

Pointed Letters: You're competitive and aggressive and take yourself seriously.

Capitals: Embellished capitals indicate vanity, exhibitionism, bad taste.

Very large capitals reveal the bombastic person. You're puffed up with pride.

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