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Body language on paper

In a technology-driven world, grapho-analysis is increasingly finding a place among corporates, marriage bureaus and schools

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WHO WOULD not want to know if the person one plans to employ is honest, reliable, hardworking, before he begins work. For that matter which husband or wife would not like to know how well they would get along with their future spouse.

We are not talking about astrology here, but a more precise science of graphology or handwriting analysis, which tells all this and more about a person.

Grapho-analysis is not a new idea, it was patronised as far back as the Roman period, and is now widely used in Europe and America. This science helps one gain a deeper insight into a person's character by analysing individual strokes in handwriting. It was formalised by Milton Banker in1915.

Handwriting analysis can identify sub-conscious and conscious personality traits such as behaviour, motivations, sexuality, ambitions, fears harboured from childhood, emotions and many other things about life. A person's response too can be accurately gauged. Whether he is ruled basically by logical, practical judgment or by feeling and emotions and thus is ruled by the heart.

Approximately more than a hundred traits can be accurately assessed by handwriting analysis. According to Ruchi Dalmia, one of the experts at MyMindwriting, an organisation specialising in this art, "This makes it immensely useful for corporates, marriage bureaus and councillors and personality development practitioners."

While corporates check out their prospective employees for their strengths and weaknesses, marriage counsellors use it to find out where the partners differ and use this knowledge to help quarrelling couples reconcile. Before marriage, couples check out their compatibility levels and come to know the real persona of their partners. This is an effective way to cancel the typical ` seeing through rose-coloured glasses syndrome' which affects the courting couples.

According to Bindu, another member, traits that writing reveals remain the same even if the person writes with his right or the left hand, or with their mouth or foot in case of amputation of limbs.

Grapho-analysis is not just to understand the person , but it has an amazing ability to change a person's personality, says Ruchi. How does that happen? Handwriting is a result of different neuro-chemical processes, therefore, if the path of thought or behaviour changes, resulting handwriting strokes change as well. So working backwards, changing the strokes of handwriting consciously stimulates a totally separate part of the brain. This means that a change in the handwriting reflects in one's personality and behaviour.

"Changing the handwriting takes sometime," says Bindu, "a person has to practice for at least 10-15 minutes every day for about 21-25 days before the changes in behaviour are apparent".

Gaurav Kumar says, `Our signature is our personal badge that we show to the world'. Therefore it is important that it makes a right statement. Signature that is different from the rest of writing means, the person does not want to reveal everything about himself to the world.

Though handwriting is one of the aspects or dimensions that make a person's personality, it is an important one, because of its capacity to bring about change.

It is this aspect that is enthusing several organisations `to catch `em young - the school going children. School children are being targeted to improve their writing and build their personalities from a young age. In about 30 days or so one notices drastic changes in the children who have undergone this training. They improve in grades, concentration, self-esteem, clarity and overcome fear. Bratt Bagget, one of the instructors says, "In over 10 years of my working, I have noticed an interesting fact. Most of our undesirable habits, behaviours or personality traits originate during our childhood." These traits that we develop, directly determine our success or failure in life, and these are formed before the age of 14. And we tend to live with this pain all our adult lives. Bratt says , "I often found myself `fixing' and `changing' these patterns in people by making them change their writing, and wondered how easy it would be if it was started in childhood, so that these psychological blemishes did not happen at all."

He says another factor that reinforces this belief is that there is a common trait in the handwriting of successful people. Some of these traits are high self esteem, intelligence, fluidity, creativity and drive.

And this training at a young age helps build personality characteristics into a child's brain preparing him for a successful life.

ARUNA MASARGUPPI

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