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HAVE YOU ever stopped to consider the way a person writes reflects their character? According to several studies a person’s handwriting can indicate more than 5,000 personality traits.
So, when looking at someone’s handwriting, the size of the letters written, the spacing between words, the shapes of letters, the direction their letters slant plus and other individual writing preferences can all signifying unique characteristics of the writer and reveal aspects of their personality that you wouldn’t know otherwise.
This is the basis of graphology which is the study of the personality traits of individuals through the interpretation of the so called graphic aspects of handwriting. Some people have referred to it as the “psychology of writing.”
The beginnings of this discipline date back to the Chinese in the fourth century BC.
Chinese philosopher Kuo Jo-Hsu, IV outlined: “Handwriting inevitably shows whether it comes from a noble mind or from a vulgar person.”
According to the British Institute of Graphologists, handwriting is the pattern of our psychology expressed in symbols on the page and these symbols are as unique as our own DNA. They say that when you get to know a person’s handwriting well enough, you recognise whose script it is, just as if it were a well-known painting or photograph.
Graphology is based on the principle that every individual’s handwriting has a character of its own and this is entirely due to the uniqueness of the writer’s personality.
The technique has grown in popularity in recent years having been used to help solve fraud cases, assess people for their suitability for certain jobs, or as a tool in corporate training where it can highlight staff strengths and flag up weaknesses, potential and motivation.
However graphology has also become an important way to understand the personalities of leading celebrities, public figures and politicians good, bad or indifferent.
One of its top practitioners is Jamaica based Beverley East. She has been asked to provide handwriting analysis in a range of well-known criminal and civil cases.
Among the high profile projects she has undertaken was analysing Monica Lewinsky’s handwriting in 1998 for “The Reliable Source”, a respected Washington Post column.
She was also asked to comment on handwriting samples from the anthrax mailings case for a National Geographic Channel documentary.
And in 2012 East was the handwriting expert in the famous court case of the Jamaican Stone Crusher Gang where police fabricated witness statements against members. Accused gang members were later released because of the evidence being false.
A trailblazer in her field, East grew in demand after 9/11. “I had nine people working with me because death certificates from other states were being altered to say New York” she recalls. “People were trying to cash in on the special insurance that was being offered.”
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Another top case in which East’s skills were called upon was analysing the ransom note found at the home of child beauty queen Jon Benet Ramsay on the night of her murder.
Six-year-old JonBenét Patricia Ramsey was an American child beauty pageant queen who was killed in her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado on the night of December 25-26, 1996.
A lengthy ransom note was found in the house, and her father, John Ramsey, found JonBenét’s body in the basement of their house about eight hours after she was reported missing.
East’s theory on the ransom note? “I believe the ransom note was dictated to the writer. It did not appear genuine. It was too long and too detailed. There was no rhythm and lots of pauses.”
A recipient of the Forerunner Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in 2015 for her body of work as a qualified Forensic Document Examiner, East is shining in a career dominated by white males.
Her determination to break the mode won her The Flori Roberts Trailblazer Award by Flori Roberts Cosmetic recognised for being the only woman worldwide qualified and working in both psychological and forensic graphology.
Following a successful career in personnel management in both the public and private sector East was introduced to graphology in 1987.
She trained intensively for four years and after qualifying set up her own company, Strokes and Slants.
Sharing what inspired her to chosen profession as a graphologist the mum of one, who cites her son Diag Deje as her inspiration, says: “I was working in Convent Garden as a Recruitment Consultant and my handwriting was analysed as part of the selection process. This made me curious to see my report. It was so accurate. I thought if I learned this skill it would help me to do my job better. The more I learned the more I wanted to learn and not just do my job better but be my own consultant.”
The handwriting expert, who is also an award-winning author famed for her best-selling books Finding Mr Write, Reaper of Souls, about the 1957 Kendal train crash in Jamaica and Bat Mitzvah Girl – Memories of a Jamaican Child adds:
“I took a leap of faith when everyone around me kept advising it was the wrong move because computers were taking over everything. This was 28 years ago, now I analyse handwriting, testify in court, give lectures around the world and have written a best-selling book on this subject. I have not looked back and every day something different comes my way.”
East’s latest project is an analysis of the handwriting of US President Donald Trump.
One of the most Googled men on the internet who boasts equal haters and fans, it is fair to say Trump’s character and personality has been endlessly scrutinised and debated.
Read part 2 of Looking at Trump through the pen tomorrow at 7pm.
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