For The Student Analysts

On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 6:18 AM, Linda Larson <lindalarson260@gmail.com> wrote:
Tonight, I was reading a book titled The Art of Speed Reading People, How to Size Up People and Speak Their Language.
 
The authors use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators to identify preferred communication styles; recognize natural strengths and weaknesses; and identify 4 different temperaments and 16 different personality types.
 
Towards the end of the book there is a section on "How to use your new found knowledge to enable you to connect with others, and not alienate them". I thought it was a good fit for new handwriting analysts to also keep in mind.
 
Vanguard members might have some additional suggestions to add.
 
"1. Resist the urge to show people how smart you are. Amazing your friends and coworkers by making (graphology) into a parlor game may temporarily please you ego but is likely to come back to haunt you.
 
"2. Don't portray yourself as some kind of mind reader. Being able to (analyze handwriting) doesn't make you clairvoyant.
 
"3. Never insist that you know something about a person that he or she considers private. And never share that information with anyone else.
 
"4. Always allow for the possibility that your (interpretation about a person's handwriting may not be complete). Rather consider it a working hypothesis, subject to greater refinement as you gather more experience.
 
"If you follow these suggestions, you will be able to use your new knowledge effectively, ethically and to everyone's best advantage."
 
We all know how exciting it was at the beginning of our studies in graphology. We couldn't wait to look at people's writing and tell them the one or two things we could see in their script.
 
I think this is a good bit of advice to keep in mind for any level of handwriting analyst.
 
Linda L.