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Handwriting can analyze personality

By Staff | Apr 11, 2018

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Don Snyder of Muncy is showing what the “felon’s claw” looks like. It is a hook as seen in the letter ‘G’. Over 80 percent of those incarcerated show this hook in their handwriting according to Snyder.

MUNCY – “What is graphology?” asked Muncy resident, Don Snyder. Since 1982, Snyder said he has been fascinated with the subject. During a presentation in March at the Muncy Public Library, Snyder said at the time he picked up two books of interest at a local yard sale. Over the years, this analysis of handwriting has given him some good results.

“Many are amazed at its accuracy,” he said when he approaches the subject of analyzing another’s handwriting. “It’s a way to learn about ourselves.”

Snyder attributes the use of a few tools and books to guide him through the process such as a magnifying glass and plastic rulers. “I rely on the books to validate personalities,” he said. There are many indicators that can be a reflection of emotions or “in the moment” he explained using examples on a slide presentation and a handout with a sampling of graphology topics.

Practiced for centuries, Graphology is a profession used for many purposes from the FBI to psychologists and even during employment procedures. Snyder said it can point to many things such as creativity, sensitivity, fears, sociability, even health issues. “It is a branch of psychology. The police use itit can match couples.human resources use it as part of the hiring process.”

Holding a sample sheet, Snyder further explained the use of borders from left to right. An even border shows self-discipline or sociability. Attendees were asked to write a script of about 15 lines on any topic to make comparisons. If borders are too rigid, it could show someone who is self-conscious. One that is irregular could show unsociable attitudes. “Not writing too far right, may have fears,” he demonstrated. “Wide borders could be someone who is lonely or withdrawn, or maybe spiritually independent.”

Vocational counselors use graphology for self-knowledge and to diagnose leadership. Margins and line spacing are significant. “Wide line spacing could mean a strong sense of justice, but may lack spontaneity.”

Observe spacing between letters. Too close may be resentfulness, or too wide may be someone who is an extrovert, sympathetic or understanding.

Letter size plays a role. Too large is outgoing, and written by someone who wants to be seen. It shows a bold, strong character, “or they could be feeling inferior to write so big.”

Those who use small lettering is often characteristic of someone who likes the research fields. “They’re concentrating, and focused on what it is they’re writing,” Snyder said. “They’re a deep thinker.”

Check for slant letters or forward or backward leaning. “Be concerned about their past.” Other signs to watch are vertical lines. It may be someone who is very cautious or frugal. It may be someone diplomatic or lacking emotional response.

The forward lean is the most dominant. “They’re going to the future, and may have an interesting life. They are compliant, enterprising, and think ahead.” A mixed slant shows unstability, often seen by those who are incarcerated.

A handwriting that is level reveals stability and even temperament. If it slopes upward, it is someone filled with optimism, joy and excitement. Wandering means restlessness or someone seeking new outlets. A downward slope may be sadness or depression, or someone who is anxious or discouraged. Sharp angles could be anger or intensity.

Snyder also asked attendees to write a cursive “I” and he analyzed this personal pronoun. “There are three zones in writing,” he explained. The upper is intellect, the middle is linked to day-to-day mundane activities, and the lower is the modest of all 3, expressing instincts and impulses. “This pronoun talks of the past,” he said, “and the relationship we have with our parents.”

Snyder concluded the program with a list of resources including the many textbooks he has read on the subject, and a list of some of the terms and tools used for handwriting analysts. Snyder can be reached at DonSnyderusasa1968@yahoo.com.