Abstract: Graphology is a science and art wherein the personality of the writer can be assessed by analysing his handwriting. Can this science be utilised by homeopaths to access the metal personality of the patient for easy and accurate individualisation of the patient?
Keywords: Homeopathy, homeopathic, homeopaths, mind, mentals, traits, personality, Similimum, handwriting, graphology, case taking, case- taking, rubrics, individualisation, mind writing, subconscious, psychology.
Abbreviations: Handwriting – HW, Personality Trait – PT, Mental Personality- MP, Handwriting Traits – HWT.
Homeopathy is a science, the successful application of which is based on the successful application of all its principles. And this is only possible when we homeopaths are able to fully understand the patient as a whole. Symptoms and its modalities are important, but more so is that one is able to identify the Mental Personality (MP) of the patient. In other words, this identification of the mentals or the mind rubrics of the patient is necessary to, as said by Dr Hahnemann in the preface to the Chronic Diseases, “gain thereby the infinite benefits for suffering humanity“.
This task of individualisation of the patient, which is mainly based on the MP, is a difficult task for the majority of the graduates passing out of our medical colleges. Because this analysis of the MP is hardly taught practically in colleges and if taught, this is still a very difficult area to get a hold of. In my opinion, because of this difficulty, many of the fresh graduates, fail to apply the homeopathic principles correctly and thus, fail to see the promises of Homeopathy, and so, a majority of them become local based prescribers, that is they use homeopathic medicines but not based on homeopathic principles, or they prescribe any/all types of medicine as the patient demands.
I feel that homeopathy can, and should take help of one of an allied science, which is used worldwide by non-medical personnel worldwide, like the Crime Investigation Depts., Recruitment Agencies, the Courts etc, to understand the MP of the people they are dealing with. And that science is “Graphology”.
Graphology is an art and science of correlating the handwriting (HW) features with the personality traits (PT) of the writer. Yes, it is an art as well as science. And if this is new to you, it will seems strange that one can deduce the PT of the writer just by analysing the HW. Yes, it is true and you would strongly believe (if you already don’t) in it after you analyse a few samples of the persons whom you already know and see how closely accurate this science is.
As homeopaths know that everything about an individual is unique to that person, no two persons are alike in any aspect of their individuality, be it their thinking process, reactions, like, dislikes, speech, voice, walking so on and on. Similarly, handwriting is one of the important expressions of an individual and which is also unique.
To say, it seems like HW is the output of the hand (only),
but no, it is actually the output
of the mind and that too, of the subconscious mind, which controls
the fine movements of the hand and the fingers and
Thus the HW is actually the mind writing of a person. It is his mind, the subconscious mind, that is expressing itself on the paper, without any control from the conscious mind.
With this introductory words let me directly plunge into the practicality of graphology and how a homeopath can make use of it in ones practice. As earlier said, understanding the mentals of the patient in a short span of time of case taking is almost impossible. And the patient now-a-days, being more exposed to the style of allopathic doctors, gives only limited information pertaining only to their chief complaints. The difficulty is also compounded if the patient is reserved, shy and introverted or exaggerating.
By studying the HW one is able to deduce the PT of the writer in a matter of minutes. Every aspect of PT represents itself in different and unique traits of the HW. By studying these traits or features, a graphologist is able to read/deduce the PTs of the writer. And if a homeopath is able to understand these, in other words if a homeopath, also becomes (an amateur, at least) a graphologist, then it will be easy for him to understand the PTs of the patient and thus, to select the mind rubrics, and thereby, to individualise the patient, and thereby, select the Similimum.
Let me discuss some handwriting traits (HWT) and also it’s related PTs, so that we are able to appreciate the usefulness of this science (graphology) in Homeopathy .
Slant of the writing
It is the angle the vertical axis of the letters makes with the baseline. It tells us about the degree of variations of the emotional expression of the writer and how one reacts and interacts with the people/society.
1. Left slant or reclining writers hold themselves back into the past (due to past trauma or bad experiences). They move ahead very cautiously with fear and hesitation. They think/plan (contemplate, deliberate) before doing anything. They are insecure, reserved, shy and introverted. They could be immature and childish.
Cautious, Introverted, Reserved, Absorbed, Shy, Childish, Contemplative
2. Vertical or upright writers: tend to live in the present. They are neither driven by the emotions nor by their past. They live in the present (situations). They are diplomatic and logical. Their analytical and unemotional approach sometimes makes them appear cold and unsympathetic.
Diplomatic, Unsympathetic, Analytical, Cold, Practical, Unbiased.
3. Right slant writers are emotional personalities, who wear their hearts on their sleeves and react to every situation with (extreme) emotions. They listen to their hearts rather than their minds. They are lovable social, (highly) talkative, sympathetic and sensitive people.
Impulsive, Sensitive, Affectionate, Sympathetic, Extroverted, Altruistic.
4. Spacing: It is the gap writer makes/keeps between the letters, words and/or the lines. The spacing aspect tells us about the intelligence. It tells us how the person relates himself to other people and about his social behaviour and interactions.
Personality trait of wide spaced writers:
Open-minded, Adventurous, Freedom-Loving, Inconsiderate, Talkative, Extravagant, Unconventional.
5. Personality trait of narrow space writers:
Self-disciplined, Thrifty/Economical, Considerate, Anxious, Inhibition, Narrow-minded, Shy, Reserved.
Writing pressure: The pressure exerted through the writing instrument on the paper shows the amount of crude energy of the person. It tells us about his emotional intensity and will power.
A weak natured, timid person who lacks courage and will power will write with very light pressure, so also a highly intellectual and a spiritual person, whereas a person with assertive nature, strong will and high (physical) energy will write with heavy pressure.
These were a brief explanation of a few of the general HWT and the MP traits it expresses. The HWT of individual letters to hold significance and indicates different personality traits. E.g. The small letter ‘g’ and ‘y’ tells about sexual aspect; ‘a’ and ‘o’, the communication letters, on the communication aspect; ‘i’ and ‘I’ on the personal ago; ‘t-bar’ on self esteem and goals etc.
Conclusion: Assessing the mental personality of the patient in the clinic in a short span of time is a difficult task. Graphology is a not so difficult subject which allows accurate and deep assessment of the mental personality of the writer in a matter of few minutes. Homeopaths could use this science to help them in their practice and improve the rate of the success. One need not become an expert in the field of graphology to avail it in their practice, but just studying the broader aspect of it, whereby one can extract the boarder mental picture of the patient is enough, which would not be difficult for (specially) a student to achieve. If feasible and found to be helpful this science could/may be included for UG’s along with psychology.