Sunday, August 6, 2023

Blog post #1: Graphology

 It is fascinating that, through the use of graphology, the study of handwriting, offers a window into the depths of human personality and character. Through the analysis of subtle nuances like word and letter spacing, writing slant, pressure on the paper, and letter size, graphologists claim to uncover hidden traits and tendencies. It's an interesting notion, one that suggests that our inner selves may be imprinted on the page. In spite of this, graphology's claims seem very flawed, and there is little consensus among scientists regarding the validity of graphology. Undoubtedly intriguing, the concept of reading a person's essence through their writing still raises the question of whether it actually works or if it merely teeters on the edge of pseudoscience. I do think at this point there must be a balance between curiosity and skepticism as we consider the potential of handwriting analysis in order to gain a deeper understanding of the human psyche while maintaining a realist-based perspective.


  1. I have mixed feelings about graphology. I am grateful that this "disicipline" is not grounded in hard science because otherwise I would be up the creek without a paddle. To put it bluntly, my handwriting can be described as chicken scratch. On the other hand, i find it terrifying that Graphology is taken serious by potential employers. I would really have egg on my face if I worked so hard thoroughout college just to get denied a job because of my handwriting.

  2. I agree, I think the concept is interesting, but as we saw, there is little scientific evidence to back it up. The proof comes from people's claims that it's accurate, based on their own experience. Experts on the topic also attempt to use scientific sounding words to make their evidence seem legitimate. It's crazy how all these corporations all over the world are hiring graphologists to help them hire candidates. They spend so much money hiring these people, only to turn away potentially good candidates based on this idea.