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The Write stuff : evaluations of graphology, the study of handwriting analysis

Author: Barry L Beyerstein; Dale F Beyerstein
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1992.
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Like fingerprints, each person's handwriting is unique and may be used as a means of identification. Expert document examiners have long been used by courts to determine the authenticity of signatures and other writing samples. But is there more that handwriting can reveal about a person beyond individual identification? Many claim that such analysis has been perfected in the science of "graphology" and that
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Write stuff.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1992
(OCoLC)607898864
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry L Beyerstein; Dale F Beyerstein
ISBN: 0879756128 9780879756123 0879756136 9780879756130
OCLC Number: 23940030
Notes: Source: CIP, Oct. 29, 1992.
Description: 515 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Sect. 1. Introduction and History --
1. General Introduction / Dale F. Beyerstein and Barry L. Beyerstein. 2. A Brief History of Graphology / Joe Nickell. 3. By a Man's Calligraphy Ye Shall Know Him: Handwriting Analysis in China / Barry L. Beyerstein and Zhang Jing Ping. 4. Handwriting Identification Science and Graphological Analysis Contrasted / Joe Nickell --
Sect. 2. Graphologists Present Their Case. 5. The Present Status of the Research on Handwriting Psychology as a Diagnostic Method / Oskar Lockowandt. 6. The Problem of the Validation of Graphological Judgments / Oskar Lockowandt. 7. Graphoanalytic Cues / James C. Crumbaugh --
Sect. 3. Philosophical Underpinnings of Graphology. 8. Graphology and the Philosophy of Science / Dale F. Beyerstein. 9. The Origins of Graphology in Sympathetic Magic / Barry L. Beyerstein --
Sect. 4. Critiques of Graphology. 10. Difficulties in Assessing Personality and Predicting Behavior: Psychological Tests and Handwriting Analyses Contrasted / Marilyn L. Bowman. 11. Graphology and Personnel Selection / Richard Klimoski. 12. The Bottom Line: Effect Size / Geoffrey A. Dean. 13. Graphology and Human Judgment / G.A. Dean, I.W. Kelly, D.H. Saklofske and A. Furnham. 14. Handwriting Is Brainwriting. So What? / Barry L. Beyerstein --
Sect. 5. Representative Research by Graphologists and Critics. 15. Evaluation of the Handwriting of Successful Women through the Roman-Staempfli Psychogram / Patricia Wellingham-Jones. 16. Graphoanalytic and Psychometric Personality Profiles: Validity and Barnum Effects / Edward W. Karnes and S. David Leonard --
Sect. 6. Graphology and the Law. 17. Legal Implications of Graphology in the United States / John D. Reagh. 18. Graphology: Canadian Legal Implications / Robert S. Carswell.
Responsibility: edited by Barry L. Beyerstein & Dale F. Beyerstein.
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Like fingerprints, each person's handwriting is unique and may be used as a means of identification. Expert document examiners have long been used by courts to determine the authenticity of signatures and other writing samples. But is there more that handwriting can reveal about a person beyond individual identification? Many claim that such analysis has been perfected in the science of "graphology" and that personality traits and accurate character readings can be.

Deduced from a person's penmenship. In this definitive study of graphology, Barry and Dale Beyerstein provide a balanced evaluation of claims that personality, aptitude, and psychological and physical health can be determined through handwriting analysis. The contributors include both practicing graphologists, who present their case and describe their practices and methods, as well as critics from many fields, who evaluate graphology in terms of brain research; assess.

Its accuracy through objective tests of validity; contrast graphology with verifiable psychological assessment techniques; and review the legality of using graphology in employee selection, psychological diagnosis, and the criminal justice system. A major thrust of the book is a consideration of why graphology seems so accurate to many personnel managers when it has been unable to pass objective tests of validity designed by experts in the psychology of individual.

Differences. In addition, a brief history of graphology is offered, which traces its roots to the ancient practice of sympathetic magic. Also presented is a philosophical discussion which compares the practice and philosophical assumptions of graphology with the scientific method. For critics and proponents alike, The Write Stuff will serve as an invaluable reference work.

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