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graphology

the study of handwriting and its associations with character types. There is some evidence that certain writing styles are associated with certain character traits. For this reason graphology is sometimes used as a quasi-PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST in RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION.
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In her findings, consultant graphologist Margaret Webb said there is "very strong evidence" that one of the signatures is not Mr Walker's and "strong evidence" the other signature is also bogus.
I should add at this point that Loveday is a fully trained, fully diploma'd graphologist and has been for 40 years or more.
And Charlotte Alergent, an expert with the British Institute of Graphologists, says his "hasty" handwriting gives a revealing insight into his personality.
This chapter ends with a reference to the work of the document analyst and makes an insightful distinction between graphologists (grafologos, in Spanish), not equivalent to phonologists as the term seems to imply, and handwriting analysts (caligrafos, in Spanish), which is useful in the Spanish context to understand which of these areas falls within the scope of Forensic Linguistics and which is less scientifically grounded.
In February 2005, the BBC reported that graphologists were invited by the press to analyze the doodles on a sheet of paper; the scribbles were said to have been done by former Prime Minister Tony Blair during a meeting at the World Economic Forum.
After all, graphologists discern character from the way a person signs a check.
Twenty Remarkable Women Seen Through Their Handwriting is a most enjoyable read especially for amateur graphologists.
By contrast, graphologists can obtain their designation through home study courses.
We asked social psychologist Elaine Quigley, one of Britain's leading graphologists, to study handwriting samples we provide from racing personalities.
Speakers covered case histories on post traumatic stress syndrome in Vietnam veterans who never saw combat; graphologists who believe handwriting tells us something about our personality; courtroom experts who testify about repressed memory in sex abuse victims; and doctors of traditional Chinese medicine who believe they can tell if you have kidney disease just by taking your pulse.
Ms Quigley, who chairs the British Institute of Graphologists, stressed that everybody's handwriting was different but pointed to a series of distinct features in Mr Moore's latest letter, which was sent from his cell in Wakefield prison in West Yorkshire.
This was more common a decade or so ago, when it was usual to have job applicants' handwriting analyzed by graphologists (see sidebar).