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Graphology is the art and science of analyzing handwriting to identify, evaluate and understand a person's personality. The word Graphology is derived from the Greek word 'grapho' which means 'writing' and 'logy' meaning 'study'. The graphic manifestations via the strokes and patterns of a persons handwriting reveal their thought patterns, behavior and a glimpse into their subconscious mind. Thus can provide an insight into one's personality such as character, temperament, the present state of mind etc. even if only a few words are scribbled hurriedly on a piece of paper. Graphology is built on the scientific method of conclusions drawn on common sense, universal concepts, psychological interpretations and empirical research.
There are several aspects of analyzing handwriting such as general style of writing, the formation of letters, the alignment and space between words and lines, strokes and patterns, the loops in alphabets, bends, slants of writing, size of letters etc. For example, if somebody is using lots of dots in writing, the person is associated with lack of confidence. Certain curves of letters, which a person is unable to present in his writings, may denote certain stomach or mental ailments. An upward moving baseline is associated with happy people while a downward sloping hand denotes a person prone to depression. Large size handwriting indicates extravert and outgoing nature, while small size handwriting hints at someone who is introverted and focused. If the handwriting is generally upright, this indicates independence. Right slant indicates a response to communication, writer may wish to be friendly, manipulative, responsive, intrusive, to sell, to control, to be loving, supportive, just to name some possibilities whereas a left slant tendency shows emotion and reserve. Forward slants in handwriting signify a future-oriented attitude while doodling wavy patterns suggest an easy-going nature.