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  • Graphology - it is accepted in court, so I guess it must be accurate. I know a bit of it too ;)
  • Probably not 100% correct but I believe it is quite an accurate science.
  • Not entirely.
  • Good question. I would be interested to find out how many times it come into play in court cases as pivotal evidence, leading to a conviction. Only to find out later that the accused was exonerated by DNA or other evidence. 3 pts for making me think so early in the morning.
  • From my application of ti at university to friends' of friends handrwiting I would say it is about 80% accurate. However I only pointed out 15, maybe 20, references to personality and I am a novice. If you were to use a professional graphologist to analyze handwriting then their prediction will be alot more accurate. Being mathematically minded I would not say that it is 'accurate' because there are always things graphology misses out or miss hypothesises. To a statitician graphology is very accurate!
  • NO. Not according to: http://www.skepdic.com/graphol.html "GRAPHOLOGY is the study of handwriting, especially when employed as a means of analyzing character. Real handwriting experts are known as FORENSIC DOCUMENT EXAMINERS, not as graphologists. Forensic document examiners consider loops, dotted "i's" and crossed "t's," letter spacing, slants, heights, ending strokes, etc. They examine handwriting to detect AUTHENTICITY OR FORGERY. "Graphologists examine loops, dotted "i's" and crossed "t's," letter spacing, slants, heights, ending strokes, etc., but they believe that such handwriting minutiae are physical manifestations of unconscious mental functions." "in properly controlled, blind studies, where the handwriting samples contain no content that could provide non-graphological information upon which to base a prediction (e.g., a piece copied from a magazine), graphologists DO NO BETTER THAN CHANCE at predicting...personality traits..." "Graphology is another pipe dream of those who want a quick and dirty decision-making process to tell them who to marry, who did the crime, who they should hire, what career they should seek, where the good hunting is, where the water, oil, or buried treasure is, etc. "Graphology is another in a long list of quack substitutes for hard work. It is appealing to those who are impatient with such troublesome matters as research, evidence analysis, reasoning, logic, and hypothesis testing. If you want results and you want them now and you want them stated in strong, certain terms, graphology is for you. If, however, you can live with reasonable probabilities and uncertainty, you might try another method to pick a spouse or hire an employee."
  • 1: Being accepted or not accepted in court is not a measure of accuracy. 2: www.skepdic.com makes some poor arguments throughout its site. For example in attacking the Myers-Briggs type Indicator www.skepdic.com keeps referring to a group called CPP. While www.skepdic.com's arguments against CPP may be accurate, those same arguments do not deal with the Myers-Brigs specifically. 3: Myers-Briggs for the most part will not tell you something about a person you do not already known well. Handwriting analysis is for the most part will only what type of personalty someone is. So handwriting analysis will not tell you something about a person you do not already known well. Anything spontaneous will reflect personality. Remove the spontaneity and you remove the tell-tell signs of personality. Therefore, handwriting analysis will not work with writing such as calligraphy. 4: Understanding this, the answer is yes, handwriting analysis is accurate. Given hundred of thousands of handwriting samples correlated with the authors personality test very noticeable trends emerge between personality traits and handwriting styles. 5: A better question might be: Of what utility is handwriting analysis or personality tests in general?

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