The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis

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The ability to write by hand is a pinnacle of human achievement. As a form of self-expression, handwriting reflects a person's thoughts about the self and reveals aspects of a person's personality.

Written in a step-by-step fashion, The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis begins with the history of the field and then teaches you how to analyze any handwriting, starting with objective criteria, including variables such as organization, ...

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Overview

The ability to write by hand is a pinnacle of human achievement. As a form of self-expression, handwriting reflects a person's thoughts about the self and reveals aspects of a person's personality.

Written in a step-by-step fashion, The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis begins with the history of the field and then teaches you how to analyze any handwriting, starting with objective criteria, including variables such as organization, speed, size, shape, slant, and symbolic features. Then you learn how to combine these variables to create a full personality profile.

There are more than 100 handwriting samples, including those from Paul Newman, Bill Clinton, Marlon Brando, Donald Trump, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Edison, Osama bin Laden, Bruce Springsteen, Benito Mussolini, Napoleon Bonaparte, Michael Jackson, Robert Redford, Barak Obama, and Charles Darwin.

Part II discusses how handwriting is organized by the brain and includes many examples of the link between handwriting and various illnesses and brain disorders, from dyslexia and epilepsy to stroke and coma. It ends with a discussion of the link between different personality types, their brain organization, and their handwriting.

Part III is an in-depth look at the field of questioned documents, including such topics as free-hand forgeries, tracing, disguised handwriting, and anonymous notes. It features an in-depth discussion of how forgeries are created and how they are detected.

. If you are interested in any aspect of this topic, The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis is definitely the book you need!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601630254
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 240,424
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Seifer, PhD has been a handwriting expert for more than 35 years and was editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Society of Professional Graphologists for more than a decade. He has worked for the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office and Crime Laboratory, the Department of Defense, Undersea Warfare, United Parcel Service, and numerous banks, insurance agencies, and lawyers. He was featured on the History Channel discussing Howard Hughes, Mormon Will, and on Associated Press International TV on the handwriting of Osama bin Laden. He has lectured at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Brandeis, Cranbrook Retreat, and numerous conferences around the world. Dr. Seifer teaches psychology and forensic graphology at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

    A Lighthouse of Graphology

    The lofty title of the book suggests a lot, causing the reader to thoughtfully question whether any science already has a final, definitive book? However we find that it is a solid "stock-taking" which builds on the great works of American graphology by Thea Stein Lewinson, Klara Roman, Ulrich Sonnemann, Frank Victor and Werner Wolff.

    It is a broadly laid-out work with many facets, divided in three parts. Part I deals with the history of the field, how to determine form level and how to analyze a handwriting; Part II focuses mainly in on how handwriting is organized by the brain. This part deals with conscious, preconscious and unconscious determinants in handwriting and also how brain damage can affect handwriting. Part III covers forgery detection, questioned documents, and writing expertise in court. The outline shows the author as a long-time expert in this field, but also misses mention of some modern methods of examination such as use of the electron microscope, electrostatic surface examination and optical surveys by UV light. This shows the focus of the book for laymen.

    Altogether this book rises like a lighthouse out of the morass of the other graphology publications in the USA. The author presents a great array of American handwritings on astoundingly high level. Although the author only had access to English sources, in spite of this, it is amazingly comprehensive. Maybe this book gets into the hands of one or another university professors and if so, it may help to break up his/her prejudices and this could lead to a raise in standards of academic psychology in the America.

    Helmut Ploog, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of the German handwriting journal Angewandte Graphologie und Personlichkeits Diagnostik.

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