The prediction of someone’s character by studying the person’s handwriting is known as Graphology. The history of graphology goes as far back to 500BC when Confucius warned “Beware of a man whose writing sways like a reed in the wind.”
Modern graphology was founded by the Italians during the 17th century. Since then, it has flourished and has become a major field of study across various countries in Europe, Middle East and Asia.
In 1895 Wilhelm Preyer, a child psychologist deduced that writing originates in the brain and not in the fingers, to which he gave the term “brain writing”. Children are taught the alphabets from preschool and practice how to write down the letters. Studies have shown that different parts of the brain are involved which results in impulses being sent through the spinal cord to the fingers. The evolution of one’s handwriting also involves other factors such as social and environmental conditions.
A.R. Luria, a Russian Neurologist explained that “Handwriting starts out as a chain of isolated motor movements, but is radically altered with practice, and converted into a ‘kinetic melody’ no longer requiring memorizing of the visual form of each letter or the motor impulse for making every stroke.”
This shows that the condition of our brain or our thinking process affects the way we write. If a part of the brain is damaged, the handwriting won’t be normal.
Although graphology is considered a pseudoscience, it is used to predict over 5,000 personality traits. This includes size of the letters, spacing between words and shapes of the letters. This analysis is applied in many fields such as employment profiling, psychological analysis and medical diagnosis. However, this doesn’t guarantee a perfect prediction about a person.
The infographic below is a summary of what your handwriting says about you.
Graphology has also been used in a scene from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. In the scene below, Sherlock Holmes visits Professor Moriarty and expertly analyses his handwriting.