Handwriting examination – Incredible Accuracy in Personality examination Despite Skeptics’ Doubts

Handwriting examination – Incredible Accuracy in Personality examination Despite Skeptics’ Doubts

Skeptics of handwriting examination say they want statistics on the validity of handwriting examination, such as those involving published medical studies. however time and time again the outcomes of such scientific studies are proved unreliable due to bias (e.g., the study that found the drug superior was sponsored by the company that makes it).

Or, skeptics suggest that a handwriting examination study should be “peer-reviewed.” However, there are many studies showing that peer review doesn’t enhance the accuracy of scientific work at all.

You can’t prove that something has scientific validity. But you can prove a practice invalid. So far, handwriting examination (or comprehensive astrology, or comprehensive numerology, etc.) has however to be proven invalid. The above studies very firmly lend authenticity to the science of graphology.

An aside, handwriting analysts never claim 100% accuracy, and there doesn’t exist any psychological assessment tool that is 100% accurate.

Handwriting examination is a valid supplement to other testing methods. It’s extremely useful in calculating if a job applicant fits a job description, thereby saving the company time and money, along with helping to reduce security risks. It does not, however, directly predict the success of the applicant on the job.

Handwriting examination is also extremely effective in assessing already existing employees’ strengths and challenges. It can go a long way in helping to enhance workplace productivity and morale by uncovering true abilities and compatibility.

Reasonable levels of accuracy are assured if the graphologist has extensive training, such as by earning certification from a respected handwriting examination school. An analyst knowledgeable in both trait-based and holistic approach graphology is best, instead of only one of the two methodologies.

A graphologist’s examination is relative to the time the handwriting sample was written. Although it’s possible for a person’s script to change slightly over time, the basic structure (organization, form, zonal balance, spacing, etc.) most often remains the same. But it is a good idea to have the person offer an updated writing sample for a current examination if the person has gone by some major life changes, or if the last examination they had done was when they were 23, and they are now 43, for example.

For those who are nevertheless skeptical of graphology, ingemination that many respected scientists in the earlier part of the twentieth century insisted that psychology could not be a science. It took decades for psychology to be accepted as the valid science it is today.

The U.S. Library of Congress catalogues graphology (handwriting examination) books in the psychology, document examination, and personnel screening categories.

“Graphologist” (handwriting analyst) is listed in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Directory of Occupational Titles (DOT) as “miscellaneous specialized.”

The U.S. Department of Labor Dictionary of Occupational Titles lists the profession of graphologist (handwriting analyst) as follows:

199.267-038 GRAPHOLOGIST

Analyzes handwriting to appraise personal characteristics: Obtains handwriting specimen to observe overall turn up of writing and detailed formation of letters. Measures height of letters and slant of writing, using calibrated templates. Observes individual writing strokes to determine rare or distinguishing characteristics, using ruler and low-strength magnifying glass or microscope. Evaluates handwriting sample and interprets findings, according to theories of handwriting examination. May use diagram to plot writing characteristics. GOE: 02.04.01 STRENGTH: S GED: R4 M3 L3 SVP: 6 DLU: 89

Evidence of handwriting examination having done harm in personnel selection or in other applications in the workplace is non-existent.

If you insist on scientific reviews, there exist many involving the science of handwriting examination. The best anyone can do is to conduct objective empirical investigations, such as the ones here (extensive list–over 200, many from the past decade–of scientific papers published in non-graphological peer-reviewed journals since 1950): here

Over 300 handwriting indicators must be considered in doing a thorough examination. Some of the more notable considerations are as follows: consistency; compression; down-strokes; elaboration; expansion; finals; fluidity; form; harmony; rule-ins; loops; margins; movement; organization; pressure; rhythm; identifying characteristics compared to the rest of script; size; slant; overall arrangement and picture of space; spacing (letter, information, line, etc.); speed; zonal balance and much more.

Does any single consideration, such as excessive elaboration, override the cumulative strength of the collective body of other considerations? No.

All of the hundreds of indicators in a handwriting sample collectively either sustain or reduce the energy of any one consideration. Any single indicator must be corroborated by other indicators. The analyst weighs individual considerations and then views them in the context of the complete writing sample; the sample is dissected then re-built into a profile outlining the personality.

Graphology is grounded in shared sense. For example, pressure of handwriting is symbolic of emphasis in speech; size is representative of how much attention you want; slant is how you react (left = withdrawal, right = outwardly expressive); writing movement is how you act (e.g., appears to be moving forward quickly equates to high excursion, etc.); and identifying characteristics could be interpreted as how you want others to view you. Handwriting is like mind-writing and handwriting examination is a mind interpretation method.

Graphology is a valid, ethical approach to help define a person’s abilities and challenges, and it can help employers run their businesses more efficiently (before and after hiring). It can also be used by parents, singles, couples, teachers, and anyone else who is seeking more understanding about themselves and others.

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