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What Constitutes a Proper Handwriting Sample?

Here are the guidelines for an ideal sample:

  • Use unlined paper and have a few sheets under the one you are writing on. This way the analyst can get a fair idea of how much pressure you are putting on the paper.
  • If at all possible, provide an original document as opposed to photocopies or facsimiles.
  • Use a ball-point or fountain pen. Pencils, felt-tip and roller ball pens are not as effective when determin ing pressure, strength of will and certain other traits.
  • If you have the choice, use black ink instead of any other color; it copies best and produces the best fac similes.
  • What you write should be spontaneous. It should not be copied or memorized.
  • Sample size should be at least one 8 1/2" by 11" page. A larger sample is usually better.
  • It is ideal if the analyst can see or at least under stand the circumstances under which the sample was writ ten. For example, were conditions peaceful or distract ing, were there interruptions, was the writer in a hurry, were there any difficulties with the pen or ink? etc.
  • I usually ask the writer to write some words that give me permission to do an analysis of his or her writing and then sign and date the sample.

What if the sample falls short of this ideal? In simple terms then, the chances are that the analysis will also fall short of the ideal. What you are doing here is looking at certain strokes in the writing and making judgments about the personality traits that they may indicate. If the strokes are not enough to be representative of the individual, then you risk a faulty analysis.

For example, defiance is indicated by abnormally high k-buckles. If there are no k's in your sample, then you can not get a reading for defiance. Similarly, as balanced f's indicate organizational ability and you have only one f in the sam ple, you do not have a sta tistically represen tative sample. For all you know, someone might have bumped the desk just as the writer was forming that lonely f. That's why at least one full page is important and, for some pur poses, more would be required.