Frequently Asked Questions
1.How to detect dishonesty before it really hurts
Dishonest action displays itself psychologically by stimulating worry and fear in the person who is catering to crookedness. Hence the handwriting of the dishonest individual will reveal symptoms of emotional upset and nervous tension. If you are suspicious of the trustworthiness of an employee, just watch his writing. If it suddenly seems more erratic than usual, more variable in pressure, and if the small letters constantly change in size, you have a dishonest person in the making. You cannot act soon in removing temptation or in letting the worker go.
2. Picking out the petty pilferer
Many businessmen are concerned about the problem of pilfering. Large chain store operators write this off as part of their “shrinkage” loss, but to the small business operator this represents an important loss in profit that he would like to prevent. He cannot be his own private detective, so his next best action would be to check the handwriting of his employees to single out those responsible for goods stolen from the store or business.
The petty pilferer will write with an irregular base line, varying small letters, uneven pressure, simple letter forms, and will tend towards large writing with rounded m’s and n’s.
Psychologically, this type of person has the attitude that the world owes him a living. Therefore he feels free to take what he wants wherever he sees it. He does not consider that he is being dishonest.3. The forger and how to detect him.
In finding the possible forger in your business, look for the person who has a smooth rhythm to his writing, angular letter formations, words which diminish in size denoting a suave and diplomatic nature, and writing which has a natural shading, that is, the pressure of the strokes is alternatingly thick and thin. Finally, look for capital letters which are extremely exaggerated and sweeping. Unless the less forgery in question is very crude you will find that the forger will write as indicated.
4. How the personnel manger can use handwriting analysis.
The personnel manger can employ psycho graphology initially to screen and classify large groups of prospective workers. If aptitude tests are employed, the handwriting studies will aid in classifying persons for the various try-out aptitude examinations.
The personnel manager can use handwriting analysis to discover hidden talents in modest-minded people who naturally would not be advertising their particular capabilities. This sort of program of personality exploration could be carried on without the knowledge of the workers concerned since all that would be needed would be the specimens of handwriting available on the personnel records.
5. What is Graphopathology
Graphopathology is the study of handwriting as an aid in the diagnosis of diseases.
One of the research of illness as reflected in handwriting is Alfred kanfer, a noted graphologist who studied the handwriting of cancer patients for many years. To quote kanfer, “the pen-stroke of the normal, healthy person is reasonably smooth and continuous, and this can easily be established under a microscope.
“If, however, cancer or precancerous situation exists in the person, his pen-stroke is not smooth. They look like the zigzag-edged body of a caterpillar. Each graphologist interested in Graphopathology perhaps has her own theories or ways of recognizing illness through handwriting. Leslie King states in her manual, physical health and illness in handwriting, that the line of writing reflects both the flow of blood and breathing. She continues to inform that dots on the ductus, or line, indicate collections of blood at that location in the body.
If the sample shows inconsistent pressure, wandering baselines, uneven spacing, and general degeneration throughout, then after careful study one might guess at a systemic disease such as leukemia, high blood pressure, anemia, malnutrition, or diabetes. In studying the handwriting for clues to the physical body, the zones are quite specific in indicating location.
A sharpness or flatness in the upper zone might indicate a past or present head injury or maybe even a headache, while a projection could be the clue to a tumor. A break or missing part of a stroke might also suggest the loss of an eye.
Both Max Pulver in the symbology of handwriting and Paul de Sainte Colombe in Grapho- Therapeutics describe a cross under the base of the signature as clue of being suicidal tendencies.
If looking for these graphic displays, it is wise to see many of them before making an evaluation. If only one display of a disturbance is evident, it may be that the writer was writing on a crumb or an uneven surface, which has nothing to do with a physical situation.