I have written a great deal about Graphology over the years. Articles, books, courses, blogs, newsletters. A lot of thinking goes into the process of writing as you well know.
But then, while indulging in another bout of thinking, (I should do it more often, I know) a disconcerting thought popped into my head.
During all that time, had I been asking the right questions? Like – what is Graphology really all about? What is its essence and true meaning? Does it have any real value over and above scrutinizing the scribblings on a page?
These are important questions to ask. So here five of them which I have tried to answer.
Question 1. What is graphology all about?
Graphology is over and above studying the meaning of little symbols and letters in handwriting. Rather, it is about that larger understanding that we always try to reach.
I’ve always said that graphology is a great study and a wonderful learning experience. It broadens your interests and expands your thinking. It allows you to peep into that magical space of human understanding and personal relationships.
But at the same time I want to emphasize that graphology is not a panacea. It’s not the be-all and end-all that many neophytes hope it to be.
It’s really a springboard: a starting point from which you can enter into another human being’s mental and emotional space. Which is both a privilege and a responsibility.
Question 2. Which is the better term: “Graphology” or “handwriting analysis?”
I prefer graphology because it speaks of a rich heritage of learning that precedes it and on which it is based.
Handwriting analysis simply refers to the analysis of handwriting.
The term “Graphology” presumes that it is more of a study or a science. Graphe from the Greek meaning to write and logos from the Greek meaning study.
Question 3. What is the real value of Graphology and why would you want to be a graphologist?
Certainly it’s gratifying to be able to see the personality behind the handwriting. To strip away the façade in order to see the face behind the mask as it were.
It’s also fun to be the centre of conversation at a dinner party and provide people with a fascinating topic of conversation. But what is the real value of Graphology beyond these things?
I don’t think many people would take an interest in Graphology beyond a certain point unless they were convinced that it had some intrinsic value for themselves and for other people as well.
So the true value of Graphology lies in its ability to provide you with a platform from which you can add value to your own and other people’s lives.
Question 4. What are the qualifications required to be a graphologist?
I am not referring to the education and training required to be a graphologist – which is a field on its own.
I am talking about the kind of person who is best suited to being a Graphologist.
In my opinion this should be a person who is rich in life experiences and importantly who has an ability to empathize. To me the most important thing a graphologist can do is to “listen” to the deeper message of the handwriting with an open mind and then after that to try to understand.
When you have the capacity to listen first and then to understand you are in a place where you can provide value to others.
Question 5. How can you listen when you are dealing with the written word?
That is the very point. When you are sufficiently schooled in the ways of Graphology, the written word speaks to you as no other medium can. It speaks of the deeper issues of the particular personality you are studying. It teaches you to listen with the third ear.
And if you are a true graphologist at heart – not just a sensation seeker after the secrets of celebrities – you will hear the message clearly – a message that goes directly from their heart to yours.
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