Frequently asked questions - FAQ - Handwriting Analysis

What is graphology or handwriting analysis?
  • Graphology or handwriting analysis is the science and skill of interpreting a person’s personality by analysing their handwriting. It reveals information about the writer’s personality at the time of writing.

Is handwriting analysis a science?
  • Extensive scientific research has been carried out since the inception of graphology. However, like all social and behavioural sciences, experience and interpretation are also valuable.

When a person is asked to write a sample, they will purposefully write neatly or differently as to how they would normally write. How can the analyis be a true reflection in that case?
  • It is impossible to sustain manipulation of the writing - the writer resorts to his usual writing in a short space of time.

Why does your handwriting change over time and sometimes everyday?
  • There could be a number of reasons for this and also pertinent here is that our writing reflects our different moods and emotions as we go through different tribulations and stages in our lives. I would have to analyse the writing in order to get a better understanding.

Why do some people have two signatures?
  • There could be a number of different reasons for this and the writing would have to be analysed together with the signature before giving a definitive answer. 

Why do handwriting analysts ask for information regarding handedness, age, gender and in which country you learnt to write?
  • All of these criteria provide important information and cannot be seen from the handwriting. 

Why do we all write differently eventhough we attended the same writing classes?
  • As we develop and mature into adults our handwriting changes to reflect individual changes and this provides one of the basic foundations of the validity of handwriting analysis.

How do I go about having my or someone elses's handwriting analysed?
  • A sample of handwriting is required per specific instructions. If you are a corporate client who would like a candidate’s handwriting analysed then a consent form is required to be completed by the candidate.
    Please complete an online enquiry and I will get back to you with the necessary instructions and consent form.

How long does it take to receive the analysis report?
  • This will be discussed on receipt of your enquiry.

Can you analyse handwriting if you have only the signature of the person?
  • A person’s signature represents only part of a persons personality so it would therefore only be representative of a part of a person.  A holistic analysis of both the writing and signature will ensure a valid analysis of the person’s complete personality.

Do you need to meet the person whose handwriting is being analysed before the analysis?
  • No, there is no need for the graphologist to meet the writer.

Can I submit a handwriting sample without the person knowing that I have done so?
  • All analyses are done ONLY after the consent of the writer is obtained. This is of course not the case with forensic handwriting examination. 

If I have a short list of candidates for a job position, will handwriting analysis help me to make a decision about who is better suited?
  • Yes, I will compare the candidates on the same set of critical areas that would have already been discussed and decided upon with you to enable you to make a more informed decision of which candidate is most suitable for the job.

How can having the candidate for employment undergo a handwriting analysis be of help to me if I have already interviewed them and am satisfied that I understand the personality of the writer by and large?
  • Graphology assists in helping to pick up on areas that you may have felt needed further exploration during an interview but were not certain about at the time. In certain scenarios, having the results of the analysis at the interviewer’s fingertips can lead to exploration of areas that the interviewer may not have touched on providing an environment of total disclosure BEFORE employment.  It is a very practical clarification tool.This will be discussed on receipt of your enquiry.

What competitive advantage does handwriting analysis give a company?
  • By using graphology as part of a combination of recruitment tools as well as for other human resource applications you are placing the company in a better position of employing the correct candidate for the job. As human capital is your most important resource you are thereby giving the company a competitive advantage.

Why use handwriting analysis as opposed to psychometric testing?
  • There is place and value in different types of assessment tools. Please read

DISCLAIMER: The reports that I provide consitute my own personal forensic examiner/professional graphologist/statement analyser expertise and opinion. All reports are treated as confidential. No handwriting analyses will be undertaken without agreement to terms and conditions which include the consent of the writer except for forensic handwriting examination cases where consent is not always available.

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