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Society Conference Reports for 2002

Winter Conference

February 2, 2002

Lois Vaisman
A Graphological Picture of Creativity and Mental Distress

Lois described the links between creativity and mental distress as reflected in handwriting, and illustrated her presentation with writing samples from several famous artists. Handwritings presented included??

A complimentary lunch was provided for conference-goers before the afternoon lecture.

Lois Vaisman is a social worker, Vice President and a founding member of our Society, and also co-taught the psychology of handwriting at The New School for many years. She received her M.S.W. from Columbia University, an M.A in special education from Queens College, and is now in a post masters program in the School of Social Work at New York University. STILL?

Workshop of Handwritings of Interest with presentations by Jo Bidner, Ruth Brayer, Carol Lowbeer, Carrie Moulton, Art Nechamkin, and Renata Propper. This was a lively interactive afternoon workshop in which each presenter provided handwriting for the audience to discuss before individual stories were revealed.

Spring Conference

May 4, 2002

Michel de Grave
Introduction to Szondian Graphology, Part II         (Continued from Part I in Spring of 2000)

Michel de Grave gave his first lecture on the Szondi method at an ASPG Conference in May of 2000. He explained that Hungarian psychiatrist L. Szondi had a deep interest in graphology, and supported research comparing handwriting with the various factors in his test, which tap into unconscious drives and defense mechanisms. The Szondi school of thought is very close to that of Freud, and is considered the most in-depth approach in graphology today, creating a link between handwriting and the psychic mechanisms unveiled through Szondi's methods.

In Part II of his discourse, Mr. De Grave described Szondi's Hungarian homeland as a center of psychoanalysis in the 1920s, and stated that Hungarian thinking at the time concentrated on a child's relationship to parents and the environment. Like Freud, Szondi believed that all of life's choices-job, mate, and even disease-are influenced by drives. His test involved the evaluation of the four "vectors" and eight "tendencies" represented by a series of photos intended to reflect an area of the human psyche. Subjects are asked to choose "most liked" and most disliked" photos. A profile is then developed based on the individual's reaction to the images. Szondi believed that the "most liked" photos represent tendencies a person accepts in himself, and "disliked photos" represent those the person has repressed.

De Grave continued his discussion of the four vectors (sexual, paroxsymal/superego, schizoid/ego, and central) and examined the graphics of each. Szondi maintained that the schizoid, or ego vector, reveals ideals; and that the parosxymal, or superego vector, deals with censorship.

Michel de Grave studied in the Old University of Louvain in Belgium under Professor Jacques Scholte, a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and main disciple of Szondi. He began his graphology studies in 1975, and founded ECERG (European Circle of Research and Graphological Study in 1987. Michel de Grave has given seminars on Szondi throughout Europe and in Canada..

Fall Conference

November 2, 2002

Dr. Angelica Burns

Morning: The Graphological Signs of the Müller/Enskat Curve According to Pfanne and Pophal and The Ego According to Müller/Enskat

Dr. Burns gave a brief introduction to the typologies of German graphologists Müller, Enskat, Pfanne, and Pophal, all of who worked in the generation after Klages, and authored textbooks on handwriting analysis in the 1960s. She then explained how to use her book, The graphological signs of the Müller/Ensakt curve according to Pfanne and Pophal, as a reference work. Dr. Burns' book is divided into two parts. The first is a series of paragraphs describing the graphological signs and psychological interpretations of various handwriting characteristics, (for example, large or small, arcades or garlands), and the second section is a collection of handwriting samples referenced by part one.

Dr. Burns next discussed the five "tensions" believed by Pophal to influence handwriting. She also noted that the terms "pallidal" and "striadal" used in his five categories should not be interpreted as neurological processes, as Pophal originally perceived them, but rather as pictographs describing certain patterns.

Afternoon: The Ego According to Müller/Enskat

Dr. Burns addressed the three "aspects" of the ego, as determined by Müller/Enskat. She proceeded to explain how handwriting analysis using the Müller/Enskat tables defines six types of ego personalities that can result from various combinations of the three "aspects." Dr. Burns offered a random selection of handwritings chosen from her career development clients to illustrate how the system works.

Dr. Burns is a psychologist and graphologist with extensive experience in personnel selection. She is President of Sociéte Romande de Graphology, the French-speaking school of the Swiss Graphological Society. She has also lectured in Paris and Zurich, and has been published in La Graphologie. Dr. Burns graciously provided her book, The Signs of the Müller/Enskal Curve Interpreted According to Pophal and Pfanne, at cost to those attending the Conference.

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