Thanks to you for evincing the member's interests in Handwriting Analysis..am happy to see the heartening response..i wholeheartedly advocate this great tool for all HR professionals..
Allow me to throw some light on this topic..
What is Graphology ?
Graphology or Handwriting Analysis is a science of interpreting a person's character from his/her personal handwriting.
What can Graphology be used for ?
Coupled with psychology and knowledge of human behaviour, it can be used for many varied purposes. For example, Recuitment, Marriage compatibility, Career Guidance, Motivate workers, Child developement... etc.
What competitive advantages does Graphology gives to a commercial organisation ?I
t is an invaluable aid to the Human Resource Department.
It's the people running the commercial organisation that determines the success or failure of an organisation. It is especially important for personnel in key appointments. To get the right person with the right 'mix' of knowledge and personality attribute for the right job is crucial to the success of the organisation. Graphology will be of great help in this area.
How many companies uses graphology for personnel selection?
7.9% of companies in England are using graphology in personnel screening. - according to a dissertation done in England by a graduate of the Faculty of Business Management and Administration at Leeds Polytechnic."Handwriting Analysis in Staff Selection" by Philip Sacks; The Graphological Magazine, No. 1, Spring 1995.
80% of French Businesses use graphology as a tool for evaluating applicant. - according to French Society of Graphology. Portion of translated letter from French Society of Graphology is listed below.
" It is, indeed, *correct* that those who are responsible for recruitment, in human resources and business journalists, report that approximately 80 percent of French businesses use graphology as a tool for evaluation of their applicants for various positions. This percentage is applicable not only to administrative positions but the mass of positions available in business." - Jul 1995.
Well in India..the information is not available..my experience in the Industry shows that it is not used at all..would be glad if the members can share their experience..
How does Graphology compares to other forms of personality Analysis tools ?
Graphology can analyse a person's personality without his knowledge that he is being analysed. (of course not without his consent.) Thus reducing the possibility of inaccuracies due to conscious or unconcious effort by the subject to affect the result. Distortion of the result due to the subject's knowledge that he/she is being analysed is common in most Question-&-Answer type of personality analysis tools. Some tools may claims to have better precision, but since a person is growing and changing dynamically every second, high precision is not really helpful. It's better to use graphology to analyse the handwriting of a pure untainted subject , rather than to put the subject under unnatural stress of a long questionaire.
Secondly, a single personality questionaire may reveal a single dimension of personality. But two handwriting samples of the same person at different occasion may reveals different behaviour characteristics.
Can Graphology tell Future ?
In a strict sense ... No, but in reality ... Not really No.
Graphology is an art/science of intepretating. It may associate a certain handwriting to a particular behavourial or personality traits eg. A Right slant implies extrovert. But it can't say any thing beyond that. Whether an extrovert may be successful in future is unknown.
But if someone is able to prove that an extrovert has a significantly better chance of being successful in future, then we may deduce from handwriting the potential of a person with a right slant. Usage of Graphology for recuitment of key personnel uses similar assumption.
My handwriting can changes very quickly, so how can graphology decipher my personality accurately ?
Our Handwriting is like our Face, our speech and action.
A stroke of writing that shows friendly traits is like a smile on the face.
A person who normally writes illegibly but writes clearly when he or she is aware that someone important is going to read it ; is like someone who is sloppy at home but dress nicely when going to a formal dinner.
Our handwriting , like our face or body language, changes with our mood. And some people are really too temperamental to be predictable. But every one has got some part of him or her that is hard to change, even if he is temperamental.
My handwriting changed drastically because of a conscious effort to make my illegible handwriting legible; is it possible ?
A conscious effort to make handwriting more legible is a sign of wanting to communicate. Legibility is about making sure people can read your writing . And you would be viewed as willing to make clear communication. People who communicate clearly would probably be honest. That's a positive side. On the other hand, the change for better legibility might be intepreted as a 'conforming' act. The society might encourage communication or nice looking, neat handwriting. There is nothing bad about conforming. But sometime it could be viewed as a loss of originality. The person who asked this question actually agrees that the change has resulted in better clarity in his communication.
Would request members to read the book on this by Cherio .
14th January 2006 From India, Pune