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Society Conference Reports for 1999

Winter Conference

February 7, 1999

Patricia Siegel
American Printed Writing

Morning: Pat displayed several samples of printed writing to show how much can be determined by careful analysis. She discussed the interpretations of manuscript printing, block capitals and mixed usage of forms, and categorized printing as inhibited, stylized or spontaneous. She discussed the prevalence of printing among pre-adolescents, and stressed the importance of obtaining a cursive sample if possible, and determining if printing is the subject's primary writing method.

Patricia Siegel is President of The American Society of Professional Graphologists, has taught the psychology of handwriting at The New School for Social Research, and currently teaches privately. She is a professional graphologist specializing in personnel selection, as well as a handwriting identification expert.

Dr. Herry O. Teltscher, Honored
Individual Handwriting Presentations

Afternoon (1): On behalf of The American Society of Professional Graphologists, President Patricia Siegel paid tribute to the international accomplishments of Dr. Herry O. Teltscher, and presented him with a plaque honoring his lifetime contribution as a practicing psychologist, graphologist and handwriting identification expert throughout a career of more than fifty years. Following the presentation, Dr. Teltscher did an evaluation of two handwriting samples, and invited the audience to share their thoughts on the analysis.

Dr. Teltscher is the author of several books on the theory and practice of grapho-diagnosis, including Handwriting, an Introduction to Psycho-Graphology, and Handwriting - Revelation of Self. He has also written numerous articles for professional journals, published groundbreaking work on Parkinson's Disease, and is particularly proud of his matched blind study research which supported the reliability of graphology.

Lois Vaisman
Handwriting of Interest by Lois Vaisman

Afternoon (2): Lois presented the handwriting sample of a potential job applicant, and did an analysis with the audience considering whether the attributes shown by the writing would be appropriate for the position advertised.

Lois Vaisman holds a masters of social work and uses graphology as an adjunct for client therapy as well as for personnel selection. She taught the psychology of handwriting at The New School for Social Research, and currently teaches privately. She is Vice-President of The American Society of Professional Graphologists.

Spring Conference

May 1, 1999

Lois Vaisman
Handwriting Dynamics: The Personality Behind the Myth

Lois Vaisman presented the handwriting of two well-known individuals who have been recognized as seminal innovators in their respective fields of movie direction and women's rights. Both personalities were leaders, considered to be icons of the creative expression they embraced, and their scripts provided interesting examples of graphic complexity translated into personality description. The two subjects were:

Alfred Hitchcock - Handwritten notes and drawings demonstrating the totality of the film director's creative process were presented to the audience for examination and analysis. The material used came from the recently published book Hitchcock's Notebooks: An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock.

Simone De Beauvoir - De Beauvoir's handwritten letters to Nelson Algren over a period of 20 years5 from A Transatlantic Love Affair, were analyzed. Ania Teillard's Essays in Graphology were also incorporated into the discussion.

Lois Vaisman holds a masters of social work and uses graphology as an adjunct for client therapy as well as for personnel selection. She co-taught the psychology of handwriting program at The New School for Social Research for fifteen years and is Vice-President of The American Society of Professional Graphologists.

Ruth Brayer
Threatening Letters and Beyond

Ruth Brayer lectured on anonymous notes from two perspectives: as forensic handwriting identification of questioned documents, and as a graphological analysis. With regard to identification, she discussed similarity versus identity and unique versus common features, as well as the voluntary and involuntary features of disguise. In contrasting forensic and graphological evaluation, she discussed the differences in the objective, process, and results of the two disciplines.

Ruth Brayer is a court qualified handwriting identification expert and certified graphologist. Founder of Brayer Handwriting International, she also teaches an accredited Continued Legal Education course entitled Demystifying Forgeries. She is past President of the New York Chapter of the National Speaker's Association.

Fall Conferences

October 30, 1999

Ruth Holmes
Handwriting Analysis in the Real World: From the Court Room to the Board Room

In the first part of the lecture, Ruth discussed the current status of the Kevorkian court case, and showed several fascinating examples of his paintings. The second half of the lecture concentrated on Ruth's work in "organizational alignment." This process deals with determining the correct job placement for an employee within an organization, how to move an employee to another occupation, and how to identify and resolve situations with potentially dangerous personalities. Ruth explained how she uses Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator system to determine how a company can work most effectively with its employees' attributes and personalities. Using interactive graphology, Ruth displayed different pairs of handwritings, and asked audience members to voice their opinions about whether the personalities were well-matched for working together.

Ruth Holmes was named this year as one of Michigan's Top Ten Women Business Owners of Distinction by the National Association of Women Business Owners. Her credentials include President of Pentec Handwriting Consultants, President of the Great Lakes Association of Handwriting Examiners, and Principal of American Trial Advantage Jury Consultants. She is also certified by the National Association of Document Examiners and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Among her achievements is her graphological assistance in the successful jury selection for the Dr. Kevorkian assisted suicide trials.

November 6, 1999

Christa Schneider
German Handwriting: Transition of a Culture

Christa posed the question, "Why are different model styles of handwriting introduced at different times?" In response, she offered the theory that a given school model of handwriting represents the ideal personality of a culture, and cited Pulver's symbolism of space as an explanation of cultural preferences. By showing various examples of German handwriting over a 60-year period ranging from the early 1900s to the post-WWII era, she demonstrated how different "school models" of writing were introduced at different times, each one reflecting the different societal values of its period. Some were very angular and rigid; some were very fluid with "persona" elements. Christa, who is originally from Germany, told the audience that much classroom time was spent on the perfection of handwriting, and that individuality was not encouraged during the war years. "Sutterlin" script was introduced after World War I, but abandoned for the old Latin script in 1940. "Sutterlin" was so different from the Latin script and could not be read by the post War II generation. Some people in the older generation adapted their handwriting to the Latin script, and others did not. The reasons for this phenomenon were explored when Christa posed a second question: "Can we accept the platform of graphotherapy, that changing handwriting changes personality?"

Christa Schneider is a Professional Member of the American Society of Professional Graphologists, a member of the Societe Francaise de Graphologie in Paris and the Association des Psychologues in Brussels. She has been a consultant in graphology and personnel selection Belgium for 17 years.

Jay Shaffer
Life Stories in a Tree: Insights into Communication

Jay asked each person in the audience to draw a tree, and passed out several examples of trees drawn by some of his clients. Jay explained that in analyzing a drawing, he uses "focusing techniques" to develop a dialogue with the artist on his feelings about the tree he has created. Focusing maintains that a line of drawing is a gesture, and that gesture is a symbolic language with its own vocabulary. The line gesture then, is an expression of what the body knows. To interpret the line gesture on paper, the "focusing" system employs the belief that the evolution of words begins with emotion or feeling (such as a pre-language infant may have), moves on to random movement which becomes formalized into meaningful gesture (hand waving to pointing, for example), and finally evolves into language.

Jay Shaffer is a business consultant specializing in communications, and a licensed trainer in focusing, a technique developed by Eugene Gendlin of the Focusing Institute of the University of Chicago. "Focusing" concentrates on how to get in touch with what the body knows.

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