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Society Conference Reports for 1997

Winter Conference

February 1, 1997

Harriet Dekker
An Overview of Grapho-Diagnostics in Parkinson's Disease

Harriet Dekker's lecture described the physiology of Parkinson's Disease as well as the graphic changes which occur in their handwritings. She noted, specifically, increased micrographia as the disease progresses. Parkinson patients also have difficulty with initial strokes. They tend to have angularity within a single letter, but have less trouble with connecting strokes once movement has begun. Ms. Dekker suggested graphologists should encourage physicians to examine changes in patients' writing.

Dr. Ellen Bowers
Handwriting Examination Compared to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Form F

In her lecture, Ellen Bowers reported on research in which twenty-six subjects filled out the MBTI Form F questionnaire and verified their type preferences, ie. Introversion vs. Extraversion, Sensing vs. iNtuition, Thinking vs. Feeling and Judgement vs. Perception. The subject's handwritings were evaluated according to four published graphological protocols on Jungian types, those of Ania Teillard, Rudolf Hearns, Milton Moore and Gabrielle Beauchataud. The research team did not find agreement between the MBTI preferences and the protocols. Dr. Bowers indicated further study is needed to determine protocols which better relate to MBTI preferences. Audience discussion explored possible reasons for the results. It was suggested that MBTI preferences be evaluated in combination rather than individually.

Spring Conference

May 2, 1997

Anne Pascale
Compatibility and Relationships as Revealed by Handwriting's Guiding Image

Anne Pascale applied graphological principles to Dr. Melvin Kinder's temperament theory regarding romantic relationships. Ms. Pascale categorized handwritings of couples according to Dr. Kinder's four temperaments: sensor, discharger, focuser and seeker. These temperaments are based on the relationship between high and low arousal, on the one hand, and introverted and extraverted tendencies, on the other.

Peggy Kahn
Sex Offenders: Can Their Behavior be Predicted from Their Handwritings?

This presentation dealt extensively with the psychological dynamics of the sex offender. She showed a wealth of handwritings of sexual offenders including those, such as David Berkowitz, who have two very different styles of writing. Ms. Kahn concluded that the writing samples were diverse, and she did not find a single common denominator among the sex offenders' handwritings.

Summer Conference

August 11, 1997

Renna Nezos
Le Senne's System of Character Typing Applied to Graphology

Renna Nezo's lecture applied Le Senne's system of character typing to personality types as demonstrated in handwriting. She asserts that Le Senne's three character traits of emotive/non-emotive, active/non-active, and primary/secondary responsiveness are inherited traits, and so, are unchangeable. Ms. Nezos also discussed the eight supplemental qualities of will, analytical intelligence, ego/alocentricity, broadness of field, tender/cold heartedness, avidity, sensual interest and intellectual passion, which she feels do not come with the genetic package, but can be taught. Graphics of the psychological qualities addressed were examined in handwriting samples.

Renna Nezos is founder of The British Academy of Graphology, the London College of Graphology and Scriptor Books. She is the recipient of the Diploma of the Institut Internationale de Recherches Graphologiques, and is also a past president of the Association Déontologique Européenne Graphologues, as well as the author of Graphology, The Interpretation of Handwriting, Advanced Graphology, and Judicial Graphology.

Fall Conference

November 1, 1997

Maresi de Monchy
Leadership and Handwriting

Morning:    Ms. de Monchy discussed various schools of thought on the definition and function of leadership. She focused on the four styles of management into which most leaders fall:

  • Separation manager (accents procedure, method and system)
  • Dedication manager (is demanding, outspoken and ambitious)
  • Relations manager (is human-oriented, informal and sympathetic)
  • Integration manager (strives for unity of task and worker)
Afternoon:    Ms. de Monchy discussed which personality traits to consider when looking for leader types, the graphic clusters that indicate leadership ability, and how to chart an analysis to determine leadership qualities using the graphogram.

Maresi de Monchy is President of the Nederlands Vereniging voor Grafologie en Schriftexpertise (the Dutch Graphological Association), Vice-President for the European Society for Handwriting Psychology, and Founder and President of the Chilean Scientific Graphological Association. She teaches in the Netherlands and Chile, and is principal of Boelen and de Monchy, a handwriting identification and personnel selection office.

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