Sex, Lies, and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting [NOOK Book]

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Handwriting expert Michelle Dresbold—the only civilian to be invited to the United States Secret Service's Advanced Document Examination training program—draws on her extensive experience helping law enforcement agencies around the country on cases involving kidnapping, arson, forgery, murder, embezzlement, and stalking to take us inside the mysterious world of crossed t's and dotted i's.

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Overview

Handwriting expert Michelle Dresbold—the only civilian to be invited to the United States Secret Service's Advanced Document Examination training program—draws on her extensive experience helping law enforcement agencies around the country on cases involving kidnapping, arson, forgery, murder, embezzlement, and stalking to take us inside the mysterious world of crossed t's and dotted i's.

In Sex, Lies, and Handwriting, Dresbold explains how a single sentence can provide insight into a person's background, psychology, and behavior. Throughout the book, Dresbold explores the handwriting of sly politicians, convicted criminals, notorious killers, suspected cheats, and ordinary people who've written to Dresbold’s “The Handwriting Doctor” column for help. She shows you how to identify the signs of a dirty rotten scoundrel and a lying, cheating, backstabbing lover. And she introduces you to some of the most dangerous traits in handwriting, including weapon-shaped letters, “shark's teeth,” “club strokes,” and “felon’s claws.”

Dresbold also explains how criminals are tracked through handwritten clues and what spouses, friends, or employees might be hiding in their script. Sex, Lies, and Handwriting will have you paying a bit more attention to your—and everyone else’s—penmanship.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416553632
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2007
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 312,774
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

Michelle Dresbold, a graduate of the United States Secret Service's Advanced Document Examination training program, is considered one of the top experts in the nation on handwriting identification, personality profiling, and threat analysis. She consults to private attorneys, police departments, and prosecutors throughout the United States. Dresbold writes a syndicated column, "The Handwriting Doctor." She is also an accomplished artist. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information visit MichelleDresbold.com

James Kwalwasser is the cocreator and editor of "The Handwriting Doctor" syndicated column. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Sex, Lies and Handwriting

A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting
By Michelle Dresbold

Free Press

Copyright © 2006 Michelle Dresbold
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743288092

Chapter One: Brainwriting 101

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

Confucius

Have you ever looked at a person and thought:

He looks honest...

She seems friendly...

He doesn't look like a serial killer...

Are you always right?

The truth is, appearances can be deceiving, but handwriting never lies.

Handwriting analysis is an amazingly accurate tool. It reveals how a writer thinks, feels, and acts. In fact, handwriting analysis is so accurate that the FBI, CIA, and Mossad (Israel's intelligence agency) use it to build detailed psychological profiles of some of the world's most dangerous individuals.

Now, you may be thinking, "How is it possible to tell so much from handwriting? After all, handwriting comes from the hand, not the brain. Right?"

Wrong!!!

Actually, your hand plays a very minor role in handwriting. If you injured your hand and had to learn to write with a pen in your mouth or between your toes, eventually you would produce almost the same handwriting that you produced before your injury. However, if your brain were injured, you would lose much of your writing ability. It is your brain -- not your hand, foot, or mouth -- thatdecides the size, shape, and slant of your handwriting. Handwriting is really "brainwriting," and the marks you place on the paper are your "brain prints."

Reading and interpreting brain prints requires logic and knowledge. It takes many years of study and practice to become a top-notch handwriting profiler. However, I bet you'll be surprised to discover how much you already know about handwriting and personality.

To prove it, here's a little quiz. Below, you'll find six pairs of brain prints and questions about the writers. Answer the questions using your good old common sense.

Brain Print Quiz

Question 1. Look at the signatures of two men, both named Ted. Which Ted is the recluse, A or B?

Question 2. Here are handwriting samples of two famous artists. One is feeling upbeat, while the other is feeling down in the dumps. Which artist is feeling down, A or B?

Question 3. Which of these two politicians doesn't want you to be able to "read" him, A or B?

Question 4. Which one of these writers is more nurturing, A or B?

Question 5. Which of these writers holds back when it comes to expressing emotions, A or B?

Question 6. Which of these writers is the transvestite?

Ready to see how you did?

Answers to Brain Print Quiz

Question 1. Look at the signatures of two men, both named Ted. Which Ted is the recluse, A or B?

If you guessed B, bravo!

Yes, size does matter -- at least, when it comes to handwriting! Is a writer who signs his name in teeny-weeny letters someone who wants to be noticed? Or is he more likely to be the kind of guy who shrinks into the background? Very small handwriting, like that of B, means that the writer is an introvert.

On the other hand, nine times out of ten, large writers are extroverts. They like being around people, they like to talk, and when they talk, they use expansive hand gestures and exaggerated expressions.

The reclusive writer B is a former math professor who sent mail bombs to "stinking technophiles" and "oversocialized leftists" (as he described his enemies in a rambling manifesto), wounding twenty-three people and killing three. When he was arrested in April 1996, authorities found him living as a hermit in a one-room shack outside Lincoln, Montana. Writer B is the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

In the 1970s, writer A traveled across the country, posing as a graduate student. He often hung around college campuses, socializing, playing tennis, and murdering young women. Writer A was outgoing and liked to be around people. And he sure didn't like to be confined, twice escaping from jail. The large signature belongs to Ted Bundy.

Experiment

Try this experiment:

1. Get out a piece of paper and a pen.

2. Write your name very large.

3. Now, write it smaller.

4. Now, write it even smaller.

5. One last time, write it as teensy-weensy as you can.

Did you feel more restricted when you wrote your name large, or when you wrote it itsy-bitsy?

Question 2. Here are handwriting samples of two famous artists. One is feeling upbeat, while the other is feeling down in the dumps. Which artist is feeling down, A or B?

The answer is Artist A.

Reading people through their handwriting is a lot like reading body language. If you see a woman walking with her head down and her shoulders slouched, you can sense that she feels the weight of the world on her back. If you see a woman walking with her head held high, chin up, and a bounce in her step, you can sense that her mood is buoyant and bright.

Do you see how the handwriting of Artist A travels downhill? Downhill writing shows that the writer is feeling blue. His spirits are sinking. The uphill writing of Artist B indicates that he's feeling upbeat and energetic. His spirits are soaring.

Artist A, the downhill writer, sold only one painting in his lifetime. Sadly, he took his own life at the age of thirty-seven. Now, more than a hundred years later, his works are considered priceless, and he is revered as one of the greatest painters of all time. This downhill writer signed his paintings: Vincent.

The uphill writer, Artist B, was one of the most prolific and financially successful artists who ever put paint to a canvas. Productive well into his nineties, this uphill writer signed his works: Picasso.

Bonus Question

Here's a bonus question. For extra credit, let's test your understanding of relationship dynamics. Sally's handwriting slopes uphill. Sam's handwriting slopes downhill. Sally and Sam begin working together on a project. Day after day, they work side-by-side in a small office. Six months pass. How is their handwriting likely to change?

A. No changes. Sam's and Sally's handwriting will stay the same.

B. Sam's and Sally's handwriting will both become level.

C. Sam's handwriting will stay the same. Sally's handwriting will start to fall.

D. Sally's handwriting will stay the same and Sam's handwriting will begin to rise.

If you guessed C, give yourself a star. It's far easier to pull someone down than push someone up. Anyone who's been married to a downhill writer for any length of time will know what I mean.

So if you happen to work or live with a downhill writer, watch out for changes in your own writing -- and if you see a change for the worse, make a conscious effort to keep your writing and your mood up.

If you happen to be a downhill writer yourself, do yourself a favor: Force yourself to write uphill and think upbeat. If you can change your handwriting, you can change your life!

Question 3. Which of these two politicians doesn't want you to be able to "read" him, A or B?

If you guessed A, the politician with the unreadable writing, you're right again.

The reason you can't read this politician's signature is that he doesn't want you to read his signature...or him! Illegible scribbles say "Try as you might, you won't get a darn thing out of me!"

Who is this politico incognito? It's Gary Condit, the former congressman from California, who stonewalled Washington, DC police and the American public for months about his relationship with a missing government intern named Chandra Levy.

Legible writing, on the other hand, shows that the writer wants to be understood and communicate clearly. Politician B's readable script says "I'm an open book."

The highly legible handwriting of sample B belongs to a plainspoken peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia who became the thirty-ninth president of the United States. Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless work communicating his simple and clear message of peace, political fairness, and humanitarianism throughout the world.

Question 4. Which one of these writers is more nurturing, A or B?

The answer is A.

Notice how A's writing looks round compared to the angular script of B. A gentle, nonaggressive nature allows a writer's muscles to relax and create curves.

Notice that Writer B's handwriting has absolutely no curves -- even the loops are made with sharp angles. When writers are feeling angry, determined, fearful, competitive, or challenged, their muscles tighten. So a writer who's driven, aggressive, or hostile can only create angles, not curves.

Writer A was a gentle woman who dedicated her life to nurturing and healing the poorest of the poor. People around the world knew her simply as Mother Teresa.

Writer B was a torturer and mass murderer driven by an obsession with "racial purity." This is the writing of Heinrich Himmler, who headed Hitler's Gestapo and directed Germany's systematic extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II.

Exercise

Get out your pen and a blank sheet of paper.

Fill the top half of the sheet with sharp, angular, zigzag lines.

Fill the bottom half of the sheet with curvy, spiraling lines.

Did you feel more aggressive writing sharp angles or curves? The answer is in the paper itself. Turn your paper over and run your fingers across the surface. You should be able to read your aggression on the back side of the sheet. Can you feel a difference between the two? I¹ll bet you find that you applied far greater pressure on the top half (when making angles) than on the bottom half (when making spirals).

Question 5. Which of these writers holds back when it comes to expressing emotions, A or B?

The answer is B.

Do you see how B's handwriting leans back, toward the left? Back-slanted writers lean over backwards to avoid letting you know anything about them.

On the other hand, right-slanted writers lean toward people. Their actions and reactions are based mainly on feelings, and they often have trouble holding back their emotions.

Throughout his life, writer B showed little of his true feelings to others. In high school, his sarcastic classmates voted him "Most Talkative Senior" because he hardly said a word. Ten years later, this back-slanted writer was in the national spotlight, on trial for setting the bomb that killed 168 people and injured more than 500 at the Oklahoma City Federal Building. In the courtroom, he appeared calm, relaxed, and unconcerned. He went to his death stone-faced and silent. Timothy McVeigh expressed no regrets and no remorse for his actions.

Writer A had no trouble expressing how she felt when an officer gave her a ticket for an expired license plate on her Rolls- Royce. She simply slapped him! As for smacking the officer, she explained, "I have a Hungarian temper."

At her trial, writer A was outspoken and feisty. The judge sentenced her to work 120 hours at a shelter for poor senior citizens. However, after working fifty hours at the shelter, she decided to relocate the soup kitchen to her Beverly Hills mansion. Serving goulash in a dingy kitchen just didn't seem right for this right-slanted writer, Hollywood celebrity, actress, and eight-time bride, Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Question 6. Now, take another look at the sixth pair of brain prints. Who likes to dress up in women's underwear, A or B?

Not so easy, is it?

To learn who's the transvestite -- and almost everything else you need to know about sex, lies, and handwriting -- read on!

Copyright 2006 by Michelle Dresbold and James Kwalwasser



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Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction

Part I:

Basic Concepts of Handwriting Profiling (a Fun Super-Condensed Mini Course)

1 Brainwriting 101

2 From the Erogenous Zone to the Twilight Zone

3 The Private I

4 How to Read a Signature

Part II:

Stop Reading and Start Running!

5 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

6 Sabotage in Their Script

7 Cruel and Unusual Letters

8 Crackups and Meltdowns

9 The Dictator, the Mobster, and Me

10 Is That a Phallic Symbol in Your Handwriting or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

11 Crossing the Line

12 Tick...Tick...Tick...

Part III:

The Forensic Files

13 Bad to the Bone

14 The Devil's in the Details

15 Mad Doctors

16 Busted by a Handwriting Detective

Part IV:

Whodunits

17 Profile of an Axe Murderer

18 Who Wrote the JonBenÉt Ramsey Ransom Note?

19 The Letter from Hell

Part V:

Let's Get Personal

20 The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But...

Resources

Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2006

    Do yourself a favor and buy this fantastic book!

    Dresbold knows what she's doing, and her analysis of the Ramsey ransom note is not only accurate, but shows her complete mastery of the science of handwriting analysis. No one can copy another person's handwriting and linguistics for three pages. There are variables which only trained analysts can spot. As a handwriting analyst myself, I can testify to Dresbold's expertise. Ms. Dresbold is a credit to the profession.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2006

    You Have to Read this Book

    Not only is this book fun to read, but it's very informative. You should try it - even if you are skeptical you will become a believer. If you doubt that, apply Michelle's analysis to your mother's or spouse's (even your own) handwriting - it works! As for the Jon Benet Ramsey note, Michelle does NOT say that Patsy killed Jon Benet, what she says and shows is that a reasonable analysis of the note's writing points to the fact that Patsy wrote it. It's inconceivable, as another reviewer wrote, that the culprit broke into the house and copied Patsy's writing. In short, this book is recommended reading for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Analyzing mine and everyone else's handwriting

    Definitely a must-read, especially for those who have been curious about the company they keep. I certainly appreciate the sections in which the author tells those who have creepers in their lives to run, as fast and far as they can. I will be recommending this book and others like it to everyone I know and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2008

    I couldn't put it down

    I have read other handwriting books, this author keeps your attention and teaches the material in a fun way. The other handwriting books are hard to comprehend and not easy to decipher unless you are already knowledgeable about the subject. This book takes you from beginner to expert (or near expert)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2007

    Investigative speculation, not educational analysis

    I spent an entire Saturday afternoon in Barnes and Noble reading this book of apparent non-fiction. Michelle Dresbold is a handwriting analyst/expert who has been employed by a variety of criminal departments for analyzing and profiling criminal suspects based on their handwriting. It is clear that she has some sort of gift in handwriting analysis, however¿ Sex, Lies, and Handwriting is an attempt by the author to educate the reader about and teach the reader how to analyze handwriting by using writing and signature samples throughout the book. But while she clearly possesses this gift, she fails in teaching the reader, for she uses the easiest examples possible. That is not her major flaw, however. Dresbold also profiles a number of serial killers and other people of infamy based on their handwriting. The problem here is that she is not able to convince the reader that she has accurately profiled them without previous knowledge ¿ it seemed to me that she knew her subject¿s personality and criminal details, then made the handwriting fit the subject. Ted Bundy was a serial killer? Well, if we had only looked at his handwriting, we could have figured that out long before he killed dozens of innocent co-eds. I don¿t think so. And therein lies two problems. First, as said before, she is profiling subjects of whom she already has distinct knowledge. Second, however, is the idea that a certain characteristic in one¿s handwriting can give way to an individual¿s actions, intentions, personality, perceptions of self, and relationships with his or her mother and father. I don¿t think so. Uh oh¿I noticed my girlfriend doesn¿t close her lowercase cursive `o.¿ This means she is untrustworthy and is likely to lie or not keep a secret. I guess I should break up with her before she cheats and lies to me. Well I don¿t buy it, but perhaps I will become a believer in the future if something occurs. Her book would be more convincing if she also spoke of times where she has been completely wrong or if she gave examples of people who did not match the handwriting profile ¿ every marketer knows the value of gaining trust by giving negative examples as well. Despite her failure to convince the reader of profiling people based on handwriting, she fascinates when discussing her beliefs about who really killed JonBenet Ramsey and the true identity of Jack the Ripper. Her handwriting analysis combined with other circumstantial evidence in both cases is quite convincing, but I will leave you to investigate on your own. Ultimately, Michelle Dresbold¿s Sex, Lies, and Handwriting is an unconvincing look at profiling a person based on handwriting but does give a scintillating new look into at least two fascinating unsolved mysteries in the history of modern times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    Michelle lies

    How can she say Patsy Ramsay had anything to do with her daughters death just because the letters were similar in the ransom note.Duh do you think the murderer could have copied those letters?Shame on Michelle dont buy her book it is full of lies.

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