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What are the Origins of Handwriting Analysis?

No one knows for sure where or when it started. Some speculate that it started soon after handwriting was invented. The earliest written references are found in the works of Aristotle where some of his musings about hand writ ing are interpreted by certain observers as com men tary on handwriting analysis. I'm not so sure; they seem a little ambiguous to me.

It is generally accepted, however, that the first serious treatise on handwriting analysis was written in 1622 by Camillo Baldi, a professor at the University of Bologna. The next noteworthy treatment followed in the late 18th cen tury by the Swiss scholar of personality, Johann Kasper Lavater. During the 19th century, many mem bers of the French clergy studied the subject and most notable among them was Abbe Jean-Hippolyte Michon who gave us the term, "graphologie." By the end of that century, a number of German scientists had become involved and they pro vided many new findings and insights.

Just after the turn of the century, Alfred Binet, the inven tor of the I.Q. test, conducted some of the first vali da tion studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. Under his scrutiny, ana lysts were able to correctly identify successful men consid erably better than chance. As well, he had some success in discerning intelligence and honesty.

Since then, many scientists, artists, philosophers, intel lec tuals and other notables have investigated handwrit ing analysis and have commented favourably about it. Among them are: Jung, Freud, Gainsborough, Goethe, Poe, the Brownings, Balzac, Dickens and Einstein, to name a few.

Today, there are many individuals and organiza tions engaged in research and teaching. As well, there is now a proliferation of graphological web sites, chat groups and bookstores on the Internet.