The ancient science of handwriting analysis (graphology) has been around since the days of Aristotle. While most people associate it with check forgeries or “whodunit” CSI television programs, you might be surprised to discover what gets revealed as you learn to read between the lines. The insights go much deeper.
Think about it. Most people learned how to write almost exactly the same and yet no two people write alike. Ever. That is because handwriting is brain-writing. Everything begins with a thought. That translates into a nerve impulse which travels down your neck, arm, hand and fingers holding the pen, which then splashes the ink onto your paper.
It matters little what you write, it’s how you write that matters most in handwriting analysis.
A skilled graphologist will look at the size, pressure, t crossings, i dots; if the writing is rounded over more angular; legible/illegible; or if the writer combines printing and cursive. We look at a myriad of factors, then we stack it all together to glean uncannily accurate insights into the person behind the pen.
Handwriting can reveal how healthy one is or isn’t in their body and mind.
We all have good and “un-good” in our handwriting. Every stroke has a right to be there. Decide whether or not what it represents is serving you in your life. If it is not you can change your writing slightly, specifically and strategically to help create a change in your brain. This can prompt a change in your body and health. In other words, you can change your writing to change your life.
Let’s glimpse into the letter L. Take a piece of paper and write little lucy loves lilacs. For this short exercise please write it in cursive, all small cased letters.
Watch for 3 things:
1. Are your L’s open?
You have hopes and dreams and the ability to visualize things before they manifest: a delightful find! The L’s, among other specific upper zone strokes, are the container for abstract ideas and thoughts. An open looped L is one indicator in handwriting that reveals a writer who is open to the positive possibilities in life.
2. Are your L’s closed?
Attitude affects health. Are you dwelling on things that bring you down? This writer tends to confine their thinking to the “stark realities” in life. I call this “stinkin-thinkin” and advise my clients, “don’t believe everything you think.” Note: these L’s may temporarily show up if the writer recently experienced a shock, trauma or set back. It is one of many stress indicators that handwriting can reveal.
3. Are your L’s notched?
Do they have a gap or a line jutting inward from the loop? If only one of the above L’s shows up only one time in a few pages of handwriting, pay attention. It is a rare stroke that could indicate heart impairment. The heart pumps blood right down to the fingertips. An interruption in blood flow, a weak or irregular heartbeat could affect the flow of writing. It may cause the pen to create a little notch or gap in this part of your handwriting. Forewarned is forearmed. Seeing this gives you the opportunity to take proactive steps.
There is a tangible way to encourage your brain to see the world differently. It is called grapho-therapy and it is the science of changing your writing to change your life. Grapho-therapy has been around for over a century. It is a way to re-train your brain. Done right before bedtime, you may find you even sleep better!
As Dr. Oz said years ago, “the need to please leads to heart disease.” There are multiple ways the need to please is revealed in handwriting, but for now try this light and easy grapho-therapy exercise to reduce tension and stress. Simply write connected figure 8’s repeatedly.
Feel free to write it however is most comfortable for you.
Doing this simple but powerful meditative “doodle” a few times every day can help relax your mind and be very soothing. This may be used with children who are hyperactive, too.