Few people know that handwriting is more than a means of communication. It’s actually a graphic picture of processes going on in the brain. You may have noticed how your writing has changed over the years or how it looked different when you were going through a challenging time.

After I was certified as a Graphoanalyst, I would receive requests for handwriting analyses and people wondered what they should write about. I suggested they write about their childhood, young adult stage, starting a family, and other important events in their lives. It was interesting to see how happiness or pain appeared in the strokes of the handwriting as fears of rejection, failure, criticism, poverty, and coping mechanisms like anxiety, anger, harmony, determination, optimism, and so on.

The desire to write starts in the brain. The impulse then travels down the nerve to the area which is holding the pen. This doesn’t necessarily mean the hand. It may be the mouth or even the toes. The graphic picture is the same. I have seen letters and paintings created by handless artists.

In the US, lawyers hire handwriting analysts to find jurors who could be compassionate and open-minded to award their clients a generous sum. They don’t want antagonistic jurors to jeopardize the process. In the area of drug rehabilitation clients come in and give a ‘writing’ sample which tells the analyst whether someone stays clean or is using again. You can test this yourself: write something when you are in an ‘altered state of consciousness’. This may be caused by mind-altering substances (alcohol, cannabis, pharmaceutical drugs, etc.) or deep meditation. You may see a difference compared to your regular handwriting; it may be more scrambled than usual.

I used to find the reactions of other people interesting when they learned that I could ’read’ handwriting. Some immediately asked for an analysis and others started to panic. Would I be able to see their murderous intentions toward their mother-in-law? Could I tell they were afraid of failure and criticism even though they presented such a superior image on the outside? To me it was often very intriguing what people’s behaviours showed and what was really going on inside them. My colleagues at school would suddenly give me printed rather than cursive notes but by that time I had already done an analysis as to how I could best get along with them.

The hardest part is looking at my own handwriting and seeing the changes. All the traumas have had an effect on my personality but also the new skills I have picked up which have allowed me to keep my mind sharp. After all, who would we be if we didn’t grow?   

In closing I would like to say that handwriting analysis is endlessly fascinating and useful but I’m afraid it’s a dying art because children aren’t taught that skill any more. If you would like to read how I used my skill in research for a documentary, check out my book:



Dorothea L. Gordon