The Renaissance of Graphology

As a follow up from last month’s edition, I would like to explore vital ways in which graphology/handwriting analysis can be used in litigation. For the sake of easy reading, let us refer to graphology as the user name rather than using the co-title of graphology/handwriting, not forgetting that both terms are interchangeable.

Any perceived misunderstandings in terms of graphology are ill founded in my opinion. Graphology, construed by some members of the public and indeed professionals in psychology and perhaps some in law and litigation as a second rate and suspicious science, deserves better.  Graphology is not some kind of dark art but a valued science that has been tried and tested as it has evolved from early recognition in the 17th century to the present day, and practiced with much success in Europe, the USA and further afield.

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Graphology in all Its Glory!

The aim of this article is to enlighten people who are new to the science of graphology/handwriting analysis and to those who would wish to gain an insight into that science and to the many uses of graphology, especially in forensics and litigation. Most solicitors, I would imagine are familiar with graphology but may not have acquired a deep knowledge in terms of its versatility and of how valuable it can be to their practice.

Here follows a brief history of graphology/handwriting analysis. Although there has been references  to graphology from as early as 120A.D.; it wasn’t until 1622 when Camillo Baldi,a professor at the University of Bologna, produced the first known major work on handwriting analysis. However, most scholars agree that Abbe Jean Hippolyte Michon (1806-81) of France was the true founding father of modern graphology and it was he who coined the word graphology from the Greek words grapho (I write) and logos (theory/doctrine). An emininent pupil of Michon was Jules Crepieu-Jamin who moved from Michon’s system of definite signs to a more elaborate system of a co-ordination of dominate signs and this system still holds sway in the modern French school of thought. (Signs, I must add are the various stroke formations that indentify the character traits present in every individuals’ unique handwriting.)

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