Graphology (Handwriting Analysis)

Article on Graphology (Handwriting Analysis) by Shailendra Deshpande

What is Graphology?

Graphology is about revelation of character, personality & understanding of subconscious thinking from hand­writing & its analysis. It simply reveals the true nature of the writer. But it cannot foretell the future like astrology.

How Does Graphology Work?

We were all taught to write in a specific way when we were children at school, but it is evident that no one continues to write exactly the way they were taught and everyone’s handwriting looks different. He or she gradually alters the shapes and sizes of letters in accordance with individual likes and dislikes.

It originates from the fact that each one of us has a unique handwriting which actually projects our subconscious thinking. Unknown to us, the way we write can reveal the innermost workings of our mind through handwriting.

Few describes graphology is ‘brainwriting’ – the handwriting comes directly from the writer in a uniquely personal and individual way, irrespective of how the person has been taught to write.

A person’s handwriting and its placing on the page express the unique impulses of the individual: logically, the brain sends signals along the muscles to the writing implement they control.

Graphology is based on the principle that every individual’s handwriting has a character of its own and this is entirely due to the uniqueness of the writer’s personality, prevailing moods & emotions.

Graphology is a blend of art and science. It is a science because it measures the structure and movement of the written ‘trait’ forms – slants, angles and spacing are accurately calculated and the pressure is observed in magnification and with precision. And it is an art because the graphologist has constantly to keep in mind the total context in which the writing is taking place: the ‘gestalt’ of the writing as a whole.

Writing consists of three things – movement, spacing and form which are universal and applicable to all humans does not require any information about writer’s nationality, culture, gender, age, left-handed or right handed since the brain and personality directly related with handwriting are not related with these things & hence graphology is completely objective, unbiased and non-discriminatory. It is not even necessary that the person speak or write English.

Graphology not only examines behaviour based on understanding of the subconscious or the whys that lie behind actions, providing information that could not be established in any other way or in such a quick time.  This makes graphology a very powerful tool.

The most common things people say about handwriting are: ‘I have two different styles of writing’. – It is true that some people have styles of writing which appear, on first sight, to be different. However closer examination usually reveals that the key character indicators are the same in both samples. The changes are merely cosmetic. Professionally trained handwriting analysts identify the similarity in characters.

Alfred Binet, the renowned psychologist who founded the present method of I.Q Test was a firm supporter of handwriting analysis. He confirmed that certain character traits are reflected in handwriting.

Benefits of graphology: –

Like other tools of mind analysis & psychometric tests; graphology is also been used & evolved with experiments. No single handwriting feature proves anything specific or absolute by itself; a single feature alone can only identify a trend. It is the combination of features, and the interaction between them that enable a full and clear interpretation. The science of graphology uses at least 300 different handwriting features in its investigative approach. It is like a jigsaw where all the pieces fit together but have a hidden message as well as a revealed image.

Graphology is now an accepted and increasingly used technique for assessment of people in organizations. Handwriting analysis is an effective and reliable indicator of personality and behaviour, and so is a useful tool for many organizational processes, for example: recruitment, interviewing and selection, team-building, counselling, and career-planning and many more.

The slant of your handwriting, the size of your letters, the loops in your alphabets, the spacing between your words and even the pressure with which you write can reveal a great deal about your personality, attitude, interests and even the direction of your life! For instance, big writing indicates an outgoing nature while tiny lettering hints at someone who is introverted and focussed. Forward slants in handwriting signify a future-oriented attitude while doodling wavy patterns suggest an easy-going nature.

A graphologist carefully studies the various intricacies of a person’s handwriting to interpret everything from his character, behaviour, mindset, likes and dislikes to even strengths, weaknesses, fears and future potential. In fact, a study of graphology enables practitioners to gain deep insight into more than hundred personality traits like happy, sad, friendly, caring, angry, self-centred, egoistic, sensitive, loyal, impulsive, dominating, aggressive, perfectionist, procrastination, concentration, tenacity extrovert, positive thinking, negativity, creative, enterprising, realistic, social skills and so on.

Graphology finds a wide variety of applications for diverse groups of people. It is enjoying increasing usage for employee recruitment in various organisations. HR managers employ the services of graphologists to screen candidates and ascertain best job-personality match. It is used in career counselling to judge students’ aptitude and abilities before zeroing in on the right career.

Parents can reap the advantages of graphology in child development and care as it helps understand the nature, interests and motivations of young children.

Similarly, it can help individuals understand various other people – be it spouse, friend or family member. It is therefore an extremely useful tool in identifying the quality and capacity of an individual’s talents and potential, particularly in career guidance and improving marital relationships.

It is also used in forensic science to solve criminal cases by analysing offenders’ handwriting samples. Some expert graphologists can even use their specialised knowledge to diagnose certain diseases and improve health with the help of Grapho-therapy.

Graphology is widely understood and used in many countries. In many parts of Europe and the USA graphologists are brought in by large firms to help assess job applicants. Half the major companies in Germany ask a graphologist for advice on potential employees. And the figure is even higher in Holland.

Brief Details: –

Slant and pressure reveal the emotional aspects of writer, the basis of the total personality. The amount of slope indicates the writer’s ability to feel or show emotions.

Right Slant – Handwriting which leans to the right indicates a person who is outgoing and expresses emotions freely.

Left Slant – Left leaning writing indicates a reserved personality which holds back his or her emotions. This person needs time to think before making decisions.

Vertical Slant – People who write in this way have their emotions very much under control. They tend to be ruled by their heads rather than their hearts.


Pen pressure is an indication of depth of feeling. Heavy pressure indicates a person with strong beliefs. He or she absorb everything as if they are emotional sponges and are self-assertive and have strong-will.

A person who write with light pressure is inclined to be more along with people & trends. He or she is more tolerant as compared to heavy pressure writer.


Upward Sloping Baseline – These writers are optimistic, cheerful and have great faith in the future.

Downward Sloping Baseline – A downward slope is indicative of pessimism. This type of writing may be transitory and related with stress.

Handwriting Size

It shows how one views oneself and how self-confident one is. Very large handwriting is often seen in extroverted, confident super salesmen. Small handwriting usually indicates great powers of concentration. It is frequently found in any person of high intellect like scientist.


There are three zones – upper, middle and lower.

Upper zone indicates intellectual and artistic inclinations, perhaps a philosophical or even mystical tendency. These writers are visionaries and are involved in creative activities.

Middle zone has to do with the practical aspects of the personality. The middle zone symbolizes the present, our daily routine and how well we cooperate with others.

Lower zone involves a person’s interest in good food, vibrant music as well as interest in sports & physical exercises.

Letter spacing shows how much space you give yourself. Wide letter spacing Indicates someone who does what comes naturally without restraint. If letters are crammed close together, the writer is a person who overreacts to everything.

Word spacing indicates how close one wants to be to other people. Widely spaced words may indicate a tendency to social isolation, while words which are close together may be found in the handwriting of those who have a strong need to be surrounded by other people.


A wide left margin shows a desire to leave the past behind, while a narrow left margin indicates a person who is comfortable with the past.

A narrow right margin is usually seen in people eager to set new goals and work toward achieving them.

Well-balanced margins reveal careful planners with good timing, someone who is comfortable staying within familiar limits.


The signature signifies one’s public image; the manner in which one wishes to be seen in society. A clear, legible signature is seen in those who have nothing to hide. While a person who has an illegible signature is searching for his true identity.

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Shailendra Deshpande

2 replies
  1. Jitendra Pendse
    Jitendra Pendse says:

    Hi Shailendra,

    Very nice and informative information.

    How it can be used while recruiting the new people ?

    • Shailendra Deshpande
      Shailendra Deshpande says:

      Thank you Pendse Sir..

      The use of Graphology was initially started with recruitment purpose & afterwards realising its importance many US & French companies incorporated in other HR functions to evaluate personality.

      With specific reference to recruitment, we need to finalise the personality skills essentially required from applicant along with JD. For e.g. In today’s scenario Team Building is essential skill for every post, so ultimately person whose handwriting exhibits right slant, prominent middle zone, well balanced margin, upward slopping baseline (plus few more traits) can be considered as good team member. Hence skill requirement is highly essential.

      Feel free to contact for any further clarity.

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