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Graphologist: peculiarities of the profession

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For many years graphology has been treated as a pseudoscience mainly due to subjectivity of the allotted marks. Science is known to be based on the checked facts which in graphology can’t always serve as a proof. Nevertheless this is science but not a science in a mathematical sense of word. Nor is medicine: diagnosis depends to a large extent on the experience of a specialist.  Nowadays attitude towards graphology and graphologists is changing.

Graphologist is a specialist in graphology. He’s is a psychologist because his work presupposes knowledge of many psychological disciplines from personality theory to psychopathology.

Graphologist needs long practice to get hand in it in this case to get eye in it in order to learn about all the nuances and peculiarities of hand-writing and efficiently compare all the graphical  signs. As was said before graphology as medicine needs a great share of professional intuition and experience. Some peculiarities of handwriting can’t be viewed separately but only collectively with many other factors. Consequently, using method of synthesis (method employing connection and unifying distinct elements into integral whole in the course of analysis) is essential.

Firstly, graphologist should make an appropriate comparison, analysis and operation of the obtained information. That’s why computer analysis of the handwriting as a rule is not so efficient as the personal one. In their work graphologists use appendix scales thus systemizing large volume of information. All of which solve different tasks : 

  • Some include algorithms of detecting graphical attribute themselves, and also help to distinguish their intensity
  • Others are devoted only to psychological interpretations of concrete attributes (symptoms)
  • Third consist of homogenous and heterogenous syndromes, e.g. typical packages of parameters, definitions and  meanings
  • There are also graphologist scales of various psycho-types, corresponding to different types of personality.

When working with graphologist tables following principles are taken into consideration:

  • Dualism of graphical elements (every element has a positive as well as negative interpretation)
  • Law of mutual confirmation (one distinct attribute as well as the unique type of attributes can’t pretend to be true)
  • Not all the meanings in scales are right ( inconsistent meanings can be met in one column)
  • Number of meanings depends on the intensity of the phenomena (the more vivid, conspicuously the certain phenomena is the more meanings are taken from scale)
  • Ends of the phenomena  – when we look from the ends of the scale (ends prove the extremes)
  • Moderation, e.g. happy medium (if the attribute is moderate the meanings are taken not only from the beginning but as well from the beginnings of other characteristics of this element too).

Also in the process of graphical analysis  specialists take into account the following factors:

  • Writing skill and warp from the school standard (copy-book), rule of building up handwriting and acquiring personal characteristics, stages of the process
  • Availability/unavailability of preliminary conditions, accordance with instruction and manner of handing in the item for analysis
  • Initial data connected with the hand writing, occurrence of glasses, age, health status

For a long time graphology and graphologists have been connected with quackery. Nowadays this trend gave place to acceptance of graphology, more and more people become interested in graphology. 

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