Thursday, November 26, 2009

How much can you analyse using a single stroke??

Whenever someone analyses handwriting, it is important to get the whole picture. One cannot conclude about personality on the basis of just one stroke.

First of all, the frequency of the manner of writing should be taken into account. Usually if a particular stroke is found which repeats less than 4-5 times in a page, then it could be an occasional characteristic of the writer. If it repeats for, say about 5-7 times, we can call it a trait, but if it repeats for more, it can be inferred as a habit.

But the bottom line is one just cannot conclude about the writer even if a particular stroke repeats for many times in a page.

For example, it is generally said that if t bars are crossed high on the stem, the person will have high self esteem and theoretically sets very high goals. The difficulty is, we cannot tell anything about the writers willingness and commitment to meet his goals, and we are also not sure if the writer has the energy to go on and complete his goals. Information about these is extracted from other parts of the handwriting. Hence, what is preferred by analysts is an holistic approach.

Analyzing based on a single trait would be like playing a team game, but only individually,and not as a team. For a team to do well, all its components(players), have to do well, and work as a team. There is no use if the players give excellent individual performances, but the team doesn't do well. Just like that, the analysis will be effective if one considers all different possibilities of a stroke and looks at them objectively.

I guess this is enough to convince you of the importance of the need for a holistic approach