In graphology, a specialist examines a full-page ink handwriting, or specimen, to reveal the subject's behavior. The graphologist, however, must have the subject's age, sex, and nationality before conducting the test.
Graphology is the study and analysis of one's handwriting. Theoretically, it can be used to assess one's personality or psychological disposition.
In contrast, graphology is entirely different from a type of handwriting analysis used to determine authenticity in legal documents (forensic document examination).
In graphology, a specialist examines a full-page ink handwriting, or specimen, to reveal the subject's behavior.
The graphologist, however, must have the subject's age, sex, and nationality before conducting the test.
Handwriting is usually composed of about 20 elements:
- degree and direction of slant (or curve)
- breadth and height of letters
- space between lines
In a nutshell, people mix these elements spontaneously to create their own unique style of writing.
Here are some basic assertions that relates writing to neurological functions:
- Ego: It may or may not be active every time we write, but it does affect the way we write, especially when an effort is being made.
- Difficulty: Depending on our physical condition (materials, location, situation) while writing, we tend to use simpler handwriting.
- Writing is the result of coördinated muscle movements, which is controlled by the central nervous system. Neurophysiological mechanisms also contribute to a our writing.
Writing is affected by neurological factors, hence if we reverse that, we can extract a person's mental tendencies.
Being left-handed is just a product of growing up, learning approaches, learning environment, and lots of other things. But people do ask if being left-handed can mean something.
Will graphology vary if the subject is left-handed or right-handed?
Actually, no. It is our brain that controls all muscular functions. Even if you write using your left hand, your right hand, your mouth, or your toes, it will still be your brain controlling it.
Left-handed writing is fine. But it would look quite silly if you were to use toe-writing as a graphology specimen.
Here is a vague question from the forum. The asker goes:
"My handwriting curves to the left, why?"
There's nothing wrong with left-slanted writing. It is mostly just style preference, so why bother? Why someone would develop this style, though, depends on a lot of things.
It could be because of your position while writing; how you hold your pen; how you learned to write; how fast you write; which type of script you prefer; or the elegance of your script. Combine all of that, plus a few years of getting used to—that's how someone develops a unique handwriting.
It doesn't imply problematic handwriting, as long as it is readable. Although, trying to change your handwriting for no significant reason could be a problem.