Society Conference Reports for 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Italian Graphology, Common Aspects of Graphological Schools, and Forensic Graphology;
Observation of Movement workshop and New Protocols of Investigation
Effects of Illness and Medication on Handwriting
Marisa Aloia is a psychotherapist and has worked as a psychological graphologist for the judicial system since the 1980s. A member of Siena’s University of Legal Medical Science, she has written five books, and speaks regularly at conventions around the world.
Angelo Vigliotti is a pediatrician, psychologist, and graphologist with a specialty in medical graphology. He is director of the magazine Analysis of Signs, and the author of a number of books on psychographology, including those on infantile violence and the criminal mind.
Marisa began with an explanation of the basic tenets of Marco Marchesan’s system of handwriting analysis, which holds that German, English, and French schools of analysis lack a common set of rules and a scientific basis. Using the Moretti method as a foundation, he made modifications using scientific support which resulted in a text that stands as the ”psychology of writing.” Marchesan created more than 200 signs and 40 laws based on scientific measurements that, according to his theory, show how the automated motion of writing expresses the unconscious beyond an individual’s control. Marisa compared the signs to the ingredients in a cocktail which, when taken as a whole, form the total constellation of the personality. Once the graphometrics of a sample have been collected and measured, the personality is revealed.
In forensic graphology, Marisa stated that a key element to consider is the way the pen is held because it changes the writing pressure and is seen in letter formation. While a forger can alter the form of his writing, he usually cannot change the way he holds the pen. She presented several samples displaying normal, printed, and disguised handwriting, and discussed how she teaches criminal investigators to see the similarities.
In the afternoon, Angelo discussed medical graphology, which holds that the graphic gesture is a movement produced from the brain, incorporating both genetic and environmental elements. Popular in Italy, this field of graphology is currently taught to medical students. Disturbances in the brain’s language centers or psychiatric illness can cause disturbances in writing, such as aphasia and disgraphia, and Angelo uses PET scans to determine areas of more or less activity in the brain. It is important to discover whether irregularities in handwriting are caused by illness or drugs, and he maintains that it is essential for forensic analysts to obtain medical histories and work in tandem with medical graphologists. He showed several fascinating samples of progressively deteriorating writings due to stroke, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and drug use.
The February 6, 2010 lectures are available on Marisa’s website at http://www.crimine.it
Saturday, May 21 2010
The Psychological Price of a Career
Wanted: Thinking Out of the Box
Belgian graphologist Marie-Thérèse Christians has for thirty-one years maintained a successful practice as a business handwriting analyst and identification expert. She is founder of the Cabinet of Graphological Studies and General Secretary of the Association of Graphological Ethics.
In her morning lecture about the personal price of a career, Marie-Thérèse underscored the importance for managers of finding a balance between life and work. She asserts that leadership does indeed change the personality. Job stress can result from pressure to succeed, the jealousy of others, a feeling of loneliness at the top, and less time for personal, social, and family life. For some individuals, a gradual change in attitude results from the demands of position. Many seek to rise through the ranks because they are opportunists, but for most, ambition is the “motor.” Unlike older organizational power structures that govern from the top down, modern thinking emphasizes a teamwork approach and sees the manager as a coach. The successful leader must communicate effectively to his team and listen to what its members have to say. He/she must be able to support the team’s efforts while putting any group tensions into perspective and controlling the realization of desired goals. Fairly common managerial personalities, though less ideal, include the narcissistic type, who balances low self esteem with a hunger for power; and the schizoid manager, who is often brilliant but cold. Interestingly, Marie-Thérèse finds that those with more rounded writings often make better managers, and she frequently looks for signs of “anima” in potential candidates.
In the afternoon, Marie-Thérèse discussed the best type of leader for problem solving in today’s economic climate and problematic situations. Intelligence, creatively, and charisma are essential qualities, as well as an openness to considering all ideas, whether good or bad. He/she must be able to think short term during a crisis, modify existing systems if necessary, and strengthen links with existing clients The manager must also be able to motivate the team and encourage a creative environment. Marie-Thérèse presented many handwritings of job applicants from her work with clients, and revealed which were best suited to the position.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Morning: Louie Armstrong
Afternoon: Genius Explored
Alan Levine, an ophthalmologist and graphologist, was a founding member of ASPG. Alan is a master bio-graphologist who has presented on the life and era of Robert E. Lee through the handwritings of his time, and we are looking forward to his presentation on Satchmo and others. Alan is also known for his work on the Physical Aspects of Stroke Texture that was published in the Journal of the American Society of Professional Graphologists, Vol. III, and reprinted in a German graphology journal.
Louis Armstrong has been described as a genius, the father of jazz, an incredible musical innovator and performer, and one of the foremost jazz personalities of the 20th century. He was also a prolific writer, and hundreds of his handwritten letters are on file at the Louis Armstrong Archives of Queens College, NY. Alan obtained special permission to visit the Archives and photographed many samples of his writing. He will present an in-depth grapho-biographical study of Satchmo that will explore the many intriguing facets of this beloved American. In the afternoon Alan will expand on the topic, including the handwritngs of other geniuses.
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