Is it true the handwriting gives the character, temperament and other human traits?

Is it true the handwriting gives the character, temperament and other human traits?

On 23 January the United States celebrate the Day of handwriting. Writing — mysterious thing: many believe that the squiggles on paper, you can judge a person. TASS figured out whether this really.

In school, children are taught to write on the same model, but despite this, it turns out at all different. These features are so characteristic that the people still hold the agreement signed and the courts bring the results of handwriting examinations, to prove the authorship of the manuscripts. It is easy to conclude that, once the handwriting is individual, it is information about individuality: not only who it belongs to, but what kind of a person.

This idea gained popularity in the era of romanticism in the late XVIII — early XIX centuries. Writer Edgar Allan PoE while he was editor of Graham’s Magazine, analyzed the handwriting of famous writers and published in the journal memo with your conclusions. Dash and curls those who did not like him, he was offensive epithets, for example, “written by the hands of an ordinary clerk”.

In the second half of the nineteenth century French priest Jean-Hippolyte Michon tried to sum up the interpretation of the handwriting under the scientific basis. In 1871 he began to publish the journal “Graphology” and later published several books describing his method. Later the idea of Michonne was picked up in Germany. There they mixed with the theories of psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung, and after the Second world war, he returned to America and UK to get further development. Nowadays, graphology is widespread everywhere, including in Russia.

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In the popular view, graphologists identify handwriting character, but not the only one.

Experts in this field ready to judge the temperament, mindset, level of intelligence and development of personality, emotional maturity, characteristics of the nervous system, mental and physical health, strengths and weaknesses in the work, the compatibility of the spouses and much more about.

This diagnosis is often carried out by psychologists with clients, for employment, for guidance.

“Through handwriting, you can analyze how man lives, perceives, reacts and adapts to the world,” says the graphologist, Ph. D. Larisa Drygval. According to her, on the activity of the psyche depends on fine motor skills — because of this, there is a kind of writing symbols.

It is ridiculous to deny the link of the brain and fine motor skills when writing. Writing by hand is an expression of microgestin peculiar to a specific person with specific behavioral patterns.Irina Whereverfrom

Graphologists believe that handwriting self-sufficient, and additional monitoring and tests for examination is not required. However, Larisa Drygval the analysis also takes into account the biological age and gender to determine psychological maturity and method of responding to the world: “male” or “female”. Irina bukhareva also asked gender and age, and which hand a person writes, what his vision is, whether there are injuries or illnesses that could affect the letter, if he’s on potent drugs. All this is taken into account in the analysis.

A little experiment in the wording of the TASS

According to advocates of graphology, it turns out that in the capable hands of verification of handwriting — an invaluable tool for human understanding.

It is not surprising that he became interested in the CIA: insights from the agents and analysts often depends on the safety of people and the state.

However, in a declassified report, which is entitled, “the Assessment of graphology,” its effectiveness is questioned. Speaking generally about any methods of personality assessment, report author Rundquist said about the so-called Barnum effect, “the charlatans”.

The essence of the Barnum effect : if you give people a vague description of the person, but to say that it was prepared just for him, such a description seems very accurate. Once Rundquist demonstrated this effect a dozen European scouts. He asked them to write something on the paper, waited and then gave them personal characteristics. Ten of the 12 people agreed with them, and then found out that the conclusion was one at all — Rundquist took it from the German newspaper.

A similar experiment I conducted in the wording of the TASS. Ten colleagues have provided handwriting samples. The next day I sent them the results of the two “expert” and asked to rate how accurate they are. Each was written on 12 claims. One I took on the website of a graphologist from the report for some messed-up men, one from horoscope for Aquarius from astrology website. Colleagues did not know about my trick — they thought that their handwriting will be evaluated by the experts.