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Society Conference Reports for 2014

Winter Conference

Saturday March 22, 2014

Marie-Thérèse Christians
The Great Diversity of Salespeople
and Their Impact on Companies' Success

Marie-Theresa Christians is from Belgium and is among the most experienced of European graphologists, having a successful practice for over thirty years as a business handwriting analyst and handwriting identification expert. Among her clients are numerous well-known and esteemed companies throughout Europe, including multinational as well as middle and smallsized companies. Marie-Theresa is founder of the Cabinet of Graphological Studies. She is also General Secretary of ADEG, the Association of Graphological Ethics, which include fourteen graphology associations.

Marie-Thérèsa presented the handwritings of sales people with different business titles and responsibilities, explaining how their personality profiles, as shown in their handwritings, can have an impact on their companies’ success. These include marketing directors, various types of managers, merchandisers, and sales representatives, among others. She discussed the key drivers of sales people and described their profilers with regard to industry, type of products and customers, corporate culture and life cycle of the products being sold.

Spring Conference

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Patricia Siegel and Lois Vaisman
The Great Diversity of Salespeople and Their Impact on Companies' Success

Morning: Patricia Siegel
"Interpretation of the Star-Wave Test along with Handwriting"

From early childhood through adult maturity, the Star-Wave Test gives a projection of personality, especially when interpreted in combination with handwriting. Pat provided an introductory explanation of the Star-Wave Test (SWT) with an emphasis on preadolescent SWTs and handwriting.

Instructions are given to "draw a starry sky over ocean waves" in a box approximately 4 x 6 inches. The SWT separates the basic graphological elements of Form (in the stars) and Movement (in the waves), in relation to Space (the stars over the waves). The SWT is enhanced by the mythological image which reflects the drawer’s subconscious experience and imagery as if in a dream. SWTs help parents and teachers to better understand children’s motivations, frustrations, and potential.

A blank SWT form and study guide were provided to allow attendees to interpret their own and others’ drawings. The SWT and handwriting below is of a spirited and well integrated 11 year-old girl from a supportive family. The porpoise is playful, symbolic of emotional intelligence. The moon at right reflects the watchful presence of an authority figure, while the layered lines of water suggest suppressed emotions. Her careful printing supports the regularity in the SWT and suggests she is a perfectionist and a capable child.

Afternoon: Lois Vaisman
"Suicide and Other Emotional Disturbances in Handwriting"

This lecture’s focus centered upon those individuals that either committed suicide or made a serious attempt. Several facts about written suicide notes as noted by Kay Redfield Jamison in her book When Night Falls, holds both a professional and personal perspective. On a professional level Jamison is one of world’s leading experts on bi-polar disorder. Her text book is considered the seminal work on this psychiatric disorder. On the personal note, Dr. Jamison suffered from a severe form of this disorder, and had made a serious suicide attempt.

Although, each individual’s reasoning is unique, and there is not one "typical" handwriting that connotes suicide, Jamison did write, "Professional handwriting analysts, when asked to distinguish between suicide and notes using the same wording, but written by non-suicidal individuals are easily and consistently able to differentiate the two groups; the writing of those who kill themselves is judged by the graphologists to be highly "impulsive, aggressive and agitated".

It is important to remember that actual suicide notes are much more likely to give clear and explicit instructions in their notes. The person may have a plan how they would commit the act, but ultimately the decision to act is motivated by impulse. So the gestalt quality of the handwriting in a suicide note contains the restless agitation that would precede the act.

Sometimes, the method of how someone would commit suicide is reflected in the handwriting. An aggressive handwriting is usually found in adolescent males, who would tend to drink and/or use drugs. On the other hand, the writings of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf look restless but not overly aggressive. So the graphologist needs to understand that suicide is a complex act, which can be premediated and also impulsive. Looking for graphics show these contradictions may be the key for seeing a potential for suicide before that actuality.


Fall Conference

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Angelika Burns
Three Extreme Alpinists

Morning:
"The First to Climb the Fourteen Mountains above 8000 Meters"

Although the three alpinists, Reinhold Messner of Italy, Jerzy Kukuczka of Poland and Erhard Loretan of Switzerland, have similar athletic achievements, their personalities and handwritings, from a global perspective, are totally different. In addition to describing the histories and accomplishments of each of these men, Angelika explained their personality structures according to Six Radical Concepts of Pfanne and the three main human layers of body, mind and heart.

Afternoon:
"Integration of Graphological Analysis in Assessments"

When Angelika evaluates personality for business, one graphological assessment alone is often not enough to do justice to the person. It is important to have more information in order to get a richer and more differentiated picture. She presented personality portraits from assessments based on a handwriting sent before the assessment, several scripts produced under time pressure during the assessment, personality profiles, performance tests, and biographical data. On the whole, handwritings produced before the evaluation are more acquired and less natural than those produced during the assessment process. By integrating graphology into a more comprehensive program, there is greater acceptance of its role.

Angelica is a business consultant and professional Swiss graphologist with extensive experience. She assesses candidates for middle and upper management using psychometric tests, performance tests, case studies, role plays and interviews. She then compares those findings with results from handwriting analysis. Angelica received her doctorate in graphology from Basle University and has written a number of publications on graphology. She has been the President of and committee member for two Swiss graphological societies.

Click Here for Angelika's Article on the Three Alpinists


Special Presentation

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Beverley East
Subject to be announced.

Beverley is a graphologist, a court-qualified forensic document examiner and author. Her company, Strokes & Slants is based in Washington DC but she works in Jamaica and England as well. She was awarded the Flori Roberts - Ladies First Trailblazer award in 2002, for being the first woman of color to be qualified to and practice graphology and questioned document analysis. She has also hosted radio shows and made numerous television appearances. Her books are Finding Mr. Write: A New Slant on Selecting the Perfect Mate; Reaper of Souls: A Novel of the Kendal Crash; and Bat Mitzvah Girl - Memories of a Jamaican Child.



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