For Chandigarh-based, Jalandhar-born grapho-analyst Shilpa Aggarwal, her love for analysing handwriting started as a hobby. But, over the years, Shilpa says she read so much on the subject that she became convinced of the power of a good hand.
Explaining more about graphotherapy and its accuracy in determining a person’s psychology, Shilpa, 33, says, “Graphology is a study and analysis of the handwriting of an individual in relation to human psychology. It is widely practised for crime investigations, choosing appropriate candidates for jobs and compatible partners for a lifetime.” Shilpa points out that learning the traits of a personality and behaviour through a person’s handwriting is one of the most difficult studies in the world. “But, this study has a very great impact, as it clearly depicts a person’s strengths and weaknesses. I would claim it is almost 90% correct in its results,” adds Shilpa.
Elaborating by use of instances of geniuses such as Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, Shilpa says a study of their respective handwritings (which were similar) pointed out many of their traits. “The letters that they penned were small, which is a strong sign of someone having strong concentration and power. Their writing had a slant, which depicts their expressive nature and they put fewer gaps in the letters, which shows their balanced thoughts,” she says.
Talking about how her interest in graphology developed, Shilpa shares, “In Switzerland, at 16 years of age, I casually took up a hobby class from a certain Mrs Blatter, to learn handwriting analysis. It was a six-month course, but I soon learned that reading books on the subject and researching on it would help me understand the technique better than a course.”
Shilpa now wants to educate as many people as she can about the study of handwriting. “You can also make a conscious alteration in your handwriting in order to have the desired subconscious changes in your personality,” claims Shilpa, adding that almost 85-90% of the brain’s cells get activated when one writes. “People who believe in writing their goals stand a better chance of tasting success. So, the power of writing and having a clear hand shouldn’t be underestimated.”
Shilpa has also been penning a book on graphology for the past year-and-a-half, she tells us. “In Chandigarh, I have tied up with The British School, Sector 44, to help children polish their writing skills in accordance with their strengths and weaknesses,” adds she.
Power of the written word
Handwriting analysis is always done on a plain white sheet of paper and not on lined paper. Here are some common writing styles and the traits they show:
Not putting the dot on ‘i’: If one has the habit of forgetting to put the dot on the ‘i’, it is a clear sign of carelessness.
Bar on ‘t’: If an individual tends to put the bar on the alphabet ‘t’ at a higher level than usual, it indicates that the person has high aspirations. If the bar is in the centre, his or her goals are within reach.
Lines and alphabet formation: If a person’s handwriting is congested with no space in between letters, the person is suspected of being socially maladjusted.
Slant approach: A slant in an individual’s handwriting helps in measuring the emotional responsiveness of a person. The more the slant, the more emotional the person. Ideally, the slant should be between 60-70 degrees, portraying a balanced approach to life. A slant can also point to how helpful one is as he or she ‘leans’ to help others. Also, a vertical slant (straight handwriting) shows someone with a diplomatic approach.