Handwriting PI


“Just as all men have not the same speech sounds, so all men have not the same writing.” About 350 B. C., Aristotle

Your handwriting is as unique as your fingerprint. No two people (not even twins!) write exactly the same, even though most of us learn the Palmer method of forming the 26 letters. As you grow older, your handwriting becomes more and more unique to you. It becomes as distinctive as your voice, how you dress and how you style your hair. Ever notice how you can identify your mom’s handwriting from your best friends and your Dad’s from your brothers? You also know from a mile away when the post-it note on your computer is from your boss or your favourite co-worker, before you can even read the words.

Using this distinctiveness in handwriting to assess the characteristics of the individual who wrote it is the foundation of handwriting analysis - a science called graphology. It is taught in Universities and it is part of the training offered by the FBI and CIA to help examine documents such as death threats, determine forgeries and build criminal profiles.

About

“Handwriting can infallibly show whether it comes from a person who is noble-minded or from one who is vulgar” - Confusius

About

"Handwriting is a spiritual designing, even though it appears by means of a physical instrument" - Euclid

History of Graphology

The science of handwriting analysis had a relatively long history. Eminent philosophers such as Confucius, Goethe, Lavater, and Aristotle acknowledged that a person’s writing could provide insight into the character and personality of the person who wrote it.

In Europe the study of handwriting has been going strong since the 1600s and its usefulness is widespread. Almost 80% of businesses have a handwriting analysis completed as part of their hiring process.

Handwriting analysis is a meticulous discipline and is commonly used as a preliminary assessment tool for job aptitude, employee promotions, team building, counselling, career planning, and as previously mentioned, has applications in forensic science and criminal investigation.

However, one of the best things about graphology is that it is not limited to these business areas and has a much more practical, personal and everyday use. You can use it to gain a better understanding of yourself, your family, your love and your friends. You can use it to determine a romantic partner and whether to work for a certain boss. You will be surprised at the amount of insight a few handwritten words can give. And even more surprised by how a change in your handwriting can change how you feel.

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"No one can get out of his own skin. We act as our psychological past, ie as our cerebral organization dictates. For this reason, we are bound to expose ourselves in the association experiment in exactly the same way as we do in our own handwriting." - C.G. Jung 1906

The Foundation of the science

Every person’s handwriting is unique. By the end of a semester at school, a teacher, teaching hundreds of kids, can identify who wrote the nameless exam in front of her. An individual's writing is an unconscious reflection of his or her personality, innermost thoughts, feelings and even unconscious desires. Skeptics will think this is an exaggeration and giving a simple task like handwriting too much emphasis. However, while the pen or pencil used for writing is held by fingertips, the writing process is ultimately governed by the very same organ that defines the individuality of each person - the brain. To put it more simply: it is not your hand that writes it is your prefrontal cortex.

Handwriting is viewed as “brainwriting” in graphology and whenever you write, you leave a piece of your brain on the paper, a graphological x-ray so to speak. Or as the preeminent handwriting expert Michelle Freehold refers to it, a brain print.

Graphology is a science based on collecting thousands and thousands and thousands of samples by professionals to compare and analysis the similarities between people and their writing. For example, almost all successful people will write on an uphill direction, showing optimism, enthusiasm and positivity. While it is not an exact science like math or chemistry, it is a science in the same way that psychology, psychoanalysis and even medicine is. Data is collected and from that accurate predictions can be made about the person writing it. It helps you form a picture of the writer based on the frequency certain traits show up, much like a doctor forma a diagnosis based on the symptoms and frequency they occur.

And like many sciences, there are conflicting theories which simply indicates areas that need further research. Graphology is always evolving and most notably, as society moves away from the use of cursive handwriting, graphology is evolving to include printing and the mixture of printing and cursive writing.

"... Every human has his or her own unique traits and foibles–no two people write exactly alike. Graphology is a way of understanding what makes someone tick." - Sheila Lowe, handwriting examiner

Uses for handwriting analysis:
Pre-employment screening and profiling is probably the most widely used application for handwriting analysis. I prepare a report to help the employer or human resources manager determine whether an applicant is a good match for a particular job and the working environment.

Risk Assessment screening in an attempt to avoid hiring employees with bad attitudes or who may be violent or in other ways a security risk.

Other uses: Self discovery, vocational counselling, relationship compatibility, attorneys use handwriting experts to help with jury selection, law enforcement personnel and private investigators use graphology to work with witnesses, victims, and suspects, and educators use it to better understand and help their students.

About

"Handwriting is like cooking or painting. Just as there are only so many colours or flavours, there are only 26 letters. It's how you combine them that sets you apart. " - Handwriting P. I.

What I do

What I do:
I study handwriting samples for clues to build an accurate picture of the core personality and behaviours of the writer, such as the way the person organizes his/her life and time, ego development, goal setting skills, social skills, thinking style, fears and defences, etc.

Because I can not conclusively detect the writer’s chronological age, gender, whether they are left or right handed, race or religion, handwriting analysis is among the most non-discriminatory of any personality assessment method.

I also work with printed samples as it is simply another form of handwriting. The analysis can be done with just as much accuracy from printed samples because much can be deduced from the way the printing appears on the page (the Gestalt Method)

What I don't do:
While a handwriting sample can provide insight into a person's personality to a trained professional, it can not tell you everything. As with any personality assessment method, it has its limits.

Graphologists are often likened to palm readers and fortune tellers. In World War II, Hitler banned graphology under the Fortune Telling Act. So let me address this issue and state very clearly what I, as a handwriting analyist can and cannot do: I can discover a great deal about the writer’s past, but I cannot predict the future from a person's handwriting.


Uses for handwriting analysis:
Pre-employment screening and profiling is probably the most widely used application for handwriting analysis. I prepare a report to help the employer or human resources manager determine whether an applicant is a good match for a particular job and the working environment.
Integrity screening in an attempt to avoid hiring employees with bad attitudes or who may be violent or in other ways a security risk
Self discovery
Vocational counseling, relationship guidance, and general counseling
Attorneys use handwriting experts to help with jury selection
Law enforcement personnel and private investigators use graphology to work with witnesses, victims, and suspects.
Educators use it to better understand and help their students.

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Podcast

"Handwriting is like cooking or painting. Just as there are only so many colours or flavours, there are only 26 letters. It's how you combine them that sets you apart. " - Handwriting P. I.

A Most Unusual "t" party

What is A Most Unusual T Party all about? Who is a graphologist and what relevance does it have to you? Did you know that the Letter “T” can be formed in over 450 different ways and each form of the letter “T” tells a different tale about the writer. But why, in today’s world of computers, texting, typing and swiping, spend the time to focus on something that is written by hand anyway?

During the Most Unusual T Parties, we talk with unusual, fascinating and successful people and delve into their hand written form of communication – the study of which is known as graphology.  Relying on the science and art of analyzing each guests hand written letter “T” to tell us something that we would not have otherwise known, giving us a deeper look into the fascinating minds of our guests and understanding what makes them tick.

Join Teresa Abram every Tuesday and Thursday for A most Unusual T Party where we will have candid and vulnerable conversations to discover what helps my guests take the path the less travelled, overcome failure and live their best lives possible. 

And you never know, what you learn over a cup of coffee or tea or whisky at the Most Unusual T Party... could help you succeed on your own fascinating journey.

SEASON 2

Talking Tushy & T
Episode 2:10 with LAUREN FLUKER

Who is the VP of Fecal Matters at Hello Tushy and what can we learn about her from her T? And her T Shirt?
Released Oct 22

Curiosi-T with Michael Ashford
Episode 2:9 with MICHAEL ASHFORD

An American and a Canadian both with a passion for asking questions get together to analyze Ts and shoot the breeze . . .curious to hear what happens next?
Released Oct 20

So Mote It Be
with Sandy

Episode 2:8 with
a GREEN HEDGE WITCH

Hermione or Willow? Salem or New Orleans? Meet this Canadian witch and discover how she stirs her witch's brew.
Released Oct 15

Organized Chaos
with Denise Meikle

Episode 2:7 with
DENISE MEIKLE

What does a full stack marketer at Castos have in common with Mad Men?  Turns out, not very much.
Released Oct 13

Dream Bigger, Babe
with Stanice Markham

Episode 2:6 with
STANICE MARKHAM

What does Kimono Envy, 100 Women Who Care (Edmonton), a skincare company and a Women's Networking Communicty have in common?
This lady at their helm.
Released Oct 8

Beyond the T with Lilly Wang
Episode 2:5 with
LILLY WANG

What has Lilly been working on which showed up in her writing, confirming that change is possible?
Released Oct 6

Deep Understandings Part 2
Episode 2:4 with
ROBIN DREEKE

What happens when the ex-Chief of the FBI Behavioural Analysis Program gets his handwriting analysed?
Released on Oct 1

Deep Understandings Part 1
Episode 2:3 with
ROBIN DREEKE

What can we spy in an ex-spy's writing? Waaaaay more than Teresa expected!
Released on Sept 29

Stay Hungry
Episode 2:2 with
REVIVAL QUEEN BEES

How does someone go from being scared of bees to caring for millions of them? Find out as we talk with Shevelle Stevens of Revival Queen Bees
Released on Sept 24

why cApitAl "A"s are Awesome
Episode 2:1 with
JOHN LEE DUMAS

Ever wonder what a trail blazing entrepenuer's handwriting looks like? Lemme tell you, its full of unusual strokes!
Released on Sept 22

SPECIAL EDITION

POSSIBILITY PARTY
SPECIAL EDITION with
MENDHI AUDLIN

Something so wonderful as Mendhi Audlin's philosophy of What If Upping has to be shared. What if this is the best thing you hear all year?

Season One

THE THREE MESSAGES
Episode 1 - Intro

In this episode, Teresa talks about the 3 different messages your hand written communications contain, why the letter T was chosen for this podcast series, what graphology is based on and what graphology is NOT based on.

HISTORY LESSON
Episode 2 - Designed to Educate and Elevate your Experience

Talking about some of the history, facts and controversy of graphology.

If this sort of stuff isn’t for you, feel free to skip ahead to Episode 3. You can always come back to this episode anytime you want.

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Episode 3 - The Most Interesting Woman Alive
with Chelsea Gioffre

It might look like normal printing, but this is the printing of the most interesting woman alive, Chelsea Gioffre of the Career Studio. Listen in as Teresa examines the unique features of Chelsea's letter T as well as her signature - and maybe doesn't get it all right?!?

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Episode 4 - Move Over JFK
with Allie Knull

Move over JFK, this lady's printing shows us that she is going to set the HR world on fire with her visionary thinking! Allie Knull is the guest and things get pretty deep. Listen in as Teresa examines the unique features of Allie's letter T - and hear the tale of not just one, but two T's!

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Episode 5 - Beyond the T
with Kirsten MacDonell

Join us as we explore not just what tale theT tells, but what some of the other features of Kirsten's handwriting say about her.  We explore handwriting characteristics such as baseline, slant, roundness and how her signature speaks volumes about her.

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Episode 6 - Spilling the T
with Jennifer Atkins

See how the "T" of HR superhero, Jennifer Keyser Atkins from Strategic Compensation Solutions, does a lot of talking and reveals that she is a very transparent, direct and clear thinker and communicator. It also spills the T and leads Jennifer to announce a possible change!

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Episode 7 - A Life On Purpose
with Margo Jenkins

A Most Unusual T analysis of the one and only Margo Jenkins of Coach Jenkins Inc., reflects her individuality, creativity, enthusiasum and positivity.
And find out how what's in her mug is turned into a life lesson.

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Episode 8 - Behind the Handwriting
with Sheila Lowe

Ever wonder what you would ask your role model and inspiration? Find out what Teresa ask's hers as she interviews the wonderful Sheila Lowe.

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