The Victorians loved to enumerate and list everything and one of those ideas was graphology, the belief that a person’s personality could be inferred from their measured and assessed handwriting. It received a big boost when Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes was able to describe a writer’s character from a note or letter. The fact that Holmes was a fictitious character is neither here nor there… In more recent times companies have used graphology to decide whether or not to employ someone, using the services of graphology experts. Were they experts or “experts”?
Such things as the forming of letters, slope of writing and the size of writing form part of their discipline. I don’t know enough about graphology to to decide whether it is a reliable skill which amounts to a science or spurious nonsense like such other useless measurements as phrenology. My own writing varies enormously depending on the writing instrument, the ink and the paper. I have to find my best writing angle with each fountain pen and that influences how my writing appears. With some dip nibs my writing slopes but with fountain pens it’s usually vertical. The size varies a lot too and these are things a graphologist would use to deduce personality. Probably the form of my letters remains the same though this draft is done in a hasty scrawl, quite different from my written fine copy.
I don’t suppose that companies use graphologists nowadays as most young people are incapable of writing without keyboard, or so I am told. I have my opinion about graphology but what do you think? Is it science or bunkum?