Graphology and the Psychology of Handwriting

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Warwick & York, Incorporated, 1919 - Graphology - 142 pages
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Page 11 - ... suggestive of the child's early scribble period — is it then so remarkable that the child's associations to this period (the record of its happenings) should be easily tapped through judicious limitation of the automatic activity to the associations at certain age levels of the patient? Klages says that control in writing may arise either from mastery of impulse or from excessive inhibition; then, if that is so, in involuntary writings we might expect loss of control of impulse or release of...
Page 135 - So we may m>w turn to the instances of the sensory type considered with equal generality. The sensory children are in the main those which seem more passive, more troubled with physical inertia, more contemplative when a little older, less apt in learning to act out new movements, less quick at taking a hint, &c.
Page 18 - ... of wit. Closely connected with these methods of thought was the doctrine of signatures. It was reasoned that the Almighty must have set his sign upon the various means of curing disease which he has provided: hence it was held that blood-root, on account of its red juice, is good for the blood; liverwort, having a leaf like the liver, cures diseases of the liver; eyebright, being marked with a spot like an eye, cures diseases of the...
Page 97 - In 1919, she published the results of her investigation of the "assertion... frequently made that graphic individuality is but a specific example of a pattern that is impressed upon all the expressive movements of a given person
Page 7 - It is an assumption without any other support than one's own confidence in his "hunches." Handwriting is decidedly individualistic to the handwriting expert. AS Osborn of New York maintains that, "the mathematical probability of two complete handwritings being identical is one in something more than sixty-eight trillions." Elsewhere the author has written : Graphologists account for this great individuality by stating that each feature of one's writing reveals certain character points and, since...
Page ix - Graphology and the Psychology of Handwriting. By JUNE E. DOWNEY. Bait., Warwick and York, 1919. 142 p. These studies seek to canvass the possibility of a scientific characterological utilization of handwriting. Their main purpose is one of orientation, preliminary to an attempt to use graphic activity in tests of temperament or character traits, tests which are now in process of standardization. Part I gives a critical comparison of graphological contentions and the outcome of modern scientific investigations...
Page 85 - D was particularly poor and that in spite of the fact that she was probably more aware than any other person who attempted the disguise, of the tell-tale points in chirography. It is certainly significant that the alignment of these subjects in the test on handwriting disguise tallies with that found in the earlier experiment. R and B belong to the socalled "motor" group; D and S to the "sensory.
Page 81 - There exists, however, a very great individual difference in the ease with which handwriting is recognized even when undisguised and in the facility with which handwriting specimens by the same penman may be paired. For ten of my judges in this test I have record of their success in the matching of undisguised hands. The group is too small to be of much value but the results of the two tests give a positive coefficient of correlation of .41 (PE, .18).
Page 80 - A further point of interest is a comparison of these shifts that accompany an effort to disguise the hand, with concentration of attention -upon the act of writing, with those that are the outcome of distraction of attention from writing and, in some instances, of completely automatic writing. The shift in size that is significant of automatic writing has been somewhat thoroughly discussed in another connection (14a).

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