Hello again! This blog reveals views of handwriting expert Namita Joshi. As we know handwriting analysis is getting well known nowadays. I thought why not just take review of all the handwriting experts in the world. It is interesting to understand how everyone was introduced to the world of graphology/ handwriting analysis.
Everyone can understand that knowing few facts of handwriting analysis doesn’t make any person expert. To become Handwriting Analyst or Handwriting Expert requires hard work & experience. Well known handwriting experts have struggled for years before getting success. Handwriting Analysis is a tool which goes hand in hand with counselling, career guidance, pre-marriage counselling, understanding health issues, recruitment etc. I realized many handwriting experts are working on a personal level for many years. Putting their views together and learning through their experiences was a learning experience for me as well. So, I interviewed many people and sharing their views with you all. It will help us to know the opinions of different handwriting analysts through this platform. You can read Namita Joshi’s Interview..
When and why did you learn graphology? Your inspiration behind it?
After my 10th standard board exams, my family and I were visiting a resort-like place outside Pune. Among all other recreation stalls, there was one which read “Get your handwriting analysed”. Since I had decided very early on itself that I wanted to pursue Psychology for my graduation, I was naturally pulled towards it and wanted to try it out. That was the first time I got my own handwriting analysed and was hell bent on learning the subject after that.
How did graphology help you improve yourself?
There are many ways for people to improve themselves. The end goal, outcome or destination may be the same but the pathways can be diverse. Having said that, I think Graphology has a certain advantageous quality to it because of its ability to provide “visuals” for our thoughts (which are otherwise invisible). For example, if someone wants to work on their anger/high temper, they may work with a psychologist and systematically target this behavioral pattern through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) etc. To change a pattern of behaviour requires us to catch ourselves in the act as well and it can be difficult to do this when the mechanism and process for doing so is invisible.Graphology gives us a visual symbol for our behavioural patterns. So every time a person writes, it is like looking in the mirror. It becomes easier to see our own patterns and tougher to lie to ourself after seeing the truth ( that some people continue to do so in spite of seeing it, is a different matter and does require working with therapists. Graphology is not a substitute for therapy/counseling).For me personally this is how Graphology has been extremely beneficial. It enabled me to spot the bugs and viruses in my own programming and reformat it for desirable outcomes. Of course none of this happens overnight and our life itself is the biggest testing ground for everything. But yes over the years, I developed a lot more patience simply through the practice of this subject as well. Also, understanding why someone is the way he/she is, has also helped in becoming more accepting rather than judgemental. This can be a tricky aspect because such a perspective is possible only if the subject has been taught and practiced in an ethical manner and if the practitioner has a solid understanding of Psychology itself.
What is Graphology's future in the technology-driven era? Will it sustain?
This is one of the most common misconceptions about handwriting perhaps. Technology has definitely seeped into every aspect of our lives and it may have reduced the frequency of writing in humans, but it cannot completely replace handwriting. Writing is to the brain, what exercise is to the body. Just like any other skill such as painting, pottery, carpentry, mechanical engineering, dance, etc, it is about gross motor skills. So it is not uncommon that we hear prominently successful people such as Sheryl Sandberg, Mark Zuckerberg or earlier even Steve Jobs talk about how they carry a simple notepad and pen around because it is just that effective.
Take the example of children learning alphabets through typing versus through writing. When a child types a, b, c and also pronounces them loudly while doing so, the motor skill used and the phonetic sound of the alphabet are not matching, as opposed to when you handwrite a,b,c and then match the phonetic sound of the alphabets in your mind. The memory pathway created in the brain through writing is much stronger than through typing.
With increasing digitization one can already access a dozen apps for free where one can upload their writing and get it analysed. While this may give out a decent rate of accuracy, it is nowhere comparable to the kind of breadth and depth that a human analyst provides. Human beings are very complex and a certain level of labeling and categorization is always possible (which is why personality tests or profiling etc have existed for years). But even within that kind of categorization, the finer layers and nuances of behaviour occur in free flow and in various combinations, which are subtly perceivable only to the human mind.
Also, there are graver scenarios to consider. For example, digitizing one’s signature is not very readily accepted so far and gives jitters to many, because it carries with it a high probability of fraud through hacking. A forged handwriting or signature can always be shown to an expert and the discrepancy can come to light, but with a digital signature that is always be original and uniform, one small leak or hack can cause irreparable damage, havoc and ‘loss’.
It would also help to look at handwriting itself as an art form. Back in cave men times, humans made symbols on the cave walls. Symbols basically stand for a range of agreed upon meanings. Handwriting is like extremely evolved symbolism. So if we look at calligraphy, which is strictly an art form and not technical like Graphology, it is still practiced today by quite some people and is a rare art of sorts. So just like there still are nadi patti readers, astrologers, tarot readers, etc in spite of considerable digitization, handwriting will also sustain through the years. Also, how else will people get their tattoos right?
What would you say to aspiring/upcoming graphology learners?
Patience. Practice. Ethics. Read
Far too often people want to be able to learn this subject and then immediately start teaching/ practicing it after finishing their courses in just 4-5 months. To begin with, this reflects a lot on the incorrect commercial pattern of teaching the subject, wherein there is no focus on ethics and psychology. There are youngsters who while inquiring for courses with us often declare enthusiastically that they want to make a career in graphology, and in the same breath also ask if we can conduct a “crash course” for them.Unfortunately youngsters are often unable to differentiate between a job and a career.A career requires tremendous amount of dedication, responsibility and sacrifice. Most people fade out the minute they realise this and are not ready for the ‘sadhana’ required towards the subject. They have a perception that this subject can be learned and used as a quick way to make money and they are not to be blamed, as there are examples of such graphology institutes/schools in the market today. But that is why it is so crucial to understand why ethics is a non-negotiable aspect of this subject. Learning graphology is like learning martial arts. The skill we are learning can cause serious harm to others if it is malpracticed. But if it is practiced correctly, it can nourish and help others flourish as well. And this requires continuous and never-ending years of ‘practice’.A tip I would share with aspiring students is to always remember the difference between commercial practice vs professional practice. Commercial practice will place profit above everything and not pay heed to ethics. True professional practice will place ethics at the top.Lastly, everything in our world and the universe is interconnected. So there are many beautiful connections and correlations to be studied and this is not possible without the relentless pursuit of knowledge. Consistently being in “Vidyarthi dasha” is the only way to gain more knowledge and yes, reading is a non-negotiable aspect for that. I’m reminded of a nice quote here: “Think before you speak, read before you think”
How is Graphology as a career? Should people get into it or not?
It is not an established career pathway like medical practice, engineering, technology/software jobs etc and just like the practice of psychiatry and counseling/therapy, one will receive work based on ‘how good one is’. In other words, through word of mouth and track record. So an initial “struggle period” is obvious as with all unconventional career pathways, and it may even take some more years before graphology can become the only source of income for someone.But the journey is beautiful and very satisfying. If a person has the kind of dedication and patience to go through all of it, its a lovely field to be in
This blog series is a way to understand thought process & experiences various handwriting experts around the world. It will be a wonderful platform to spread the knowledge and relations beyond geographic boundaries. We handwriting analyst can connect, discuss, share & spread our knowledge.
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