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Graphology – Fortune Telling or Science?

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Sue EllamI have occasionally come across the opinion that graphology is purely a tool for telling one’s fortune and this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Graphology is the study of a person’s handwriting and who they have become over the passage of the years.  Useful information can be discovered which will enable the writer to move forward with more self-knowledge, but that is as far as the comparison goes.

Handwriting is an electrical impulse originating in the brain. The hand (foot or mouth) and the pen are its tools. Writing is not an aimless movement. The writer has to work out a definite manuscript and to overcome all the psychological, physical and intellectual difficulties which hinder this accomplishment. Handwriting is work and gives you an account of how the writer works, plans, arranges and overcomes difficulties. It will also tell you something of their standard of intelligence, memory, education, skill, energy, vitality, abilities and discipline. This information has multiple uses.

Neuro-Linguistic programming tests in America have shown that the fingertips can transmit brain sensations. The ‘lie detector’ machine belief is that the body reflects with immense sensitivity the psychological forces at work in the mind. This claim has already been made during centuries of graphological observation – that certain patterns and signs in the writing may be taken to indicate definite psychological traits.

The first detailed work was published in Capri in 1622 by Camillo Baldi, who was both Doctor of Medicine and Philosophy and Professor of Theoretical Medicine at the University of Bologna. Modern graphology originated in a circle of the higher French clergy in the mid-19th century. Writers like Shakespeare, Byron, Walter Scott, Browning and Edgar Allan Poe attempted to discover the relationship between the handwriting and character of a person. When Thomas Gainsborough was painting a portrait he kept a letter written by his model on the easel for insight into their personality.

For many hundreds of years society has recognised that the handwritten signature of a human being is something unmistakable, unique, personal and individual. It is required as an acknowledgement of the receipt of goods and money, and is necessary to validate certain legal agreements. To forge another person’s signature is a crime heavily punished by the criminal law of every country. By giving the features of your handwriting such protection, society recognises it as an identification of your individual character and personality. In normal social life it is a common experience for most of us to recognise the individual handwriting of friends and relations and to distinguish one handwriting from another.

Experiments in hypnosis have confirmed that only when the character of the writer undergoes a real change does the writing change. When a hypnotised person is asked to assume the personality of another character, their handwriting changes immediately. For example, if a timid person is told under hypnosis that they are a tyrant, their handwriting will take on the elements of what they imagine a tyrant is. The change springs from their brain and imagination and not from their hand.

Over the past 393 years, graphology has evolved into an extraordinarily accurate determination of personality, and has become a valid and authentic science and not a method of fortune telling.



Sue is the Founder of Soulfully Connecting.  She has spent over 40 years on her spiritual journey which, amongst other things, included training as a medium, hands on healing and travelling with a shaman.   She trained for 3 years as a graphologist and for 23 years has been a reader specialising in graphology and tarot – 14 of those years were spent participating in festivals both at home and abroad.

The idea behind Soulfully Connecting is to demonstrate that there are other ways of living which can heal the earth, the animal kingdom and ourselves.  She is passionate about people having freedom of choice, which is only possible when they know about all the options.

Sue is a member of the 7 Graces of Marketing community, the core purpose of which is to promote ethical marketing.



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    Hello Sue,
    Lovely website. Better than before. Congratulations, and well done to you and your team.

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      Thanks Tony – sorry for the delay in response. Really glad you like the site. 🙂 Sue

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