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October 7, 1950

Handwriting Analysis as a Psychodiagnostic Tool. A Study in General and Clinical Graphology

JAMA. 1950;144(6):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060067031

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Abstract

The author presents a detailed description of methodology of handwriting analysis as a psychodiagnostic tool. Early, mostly nonscientific efforts in handwriting analysis are mentioned and the basic work of Klages, to which the author ascribes all present day "scientific" graphology, is outlined and critically discussed.

The book is primarily designed to present graphologic analysis as a scientific and individually accurate projective method for personality diagnosis. Meanings of form quality, rhythm, regularity, sharpness, pressure, size and other dynamic aspects of handwriting are discussed and interpreted in relation to basic theoretic concepts of graphology. Examples of the method of such interpretations are given in relation to problems of personnel selection and as illustrations of the use of this technic in psychiatric diagnosis.

The book is interesting and well written. Some of the material and many of the interpretations are, however, of undoubtedly controversial nature. In the several examples presented, wherein interpretation is

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