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Society Conference Reports for 2006

Winter Conference

March 22, 2006

Dafna Yalon
HOW You Are Smart?   Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Dafna Yalon, former Presidient of the Israeli Graphological Society. Author and editor of several books on graphology and the Star-Wave-Test, described how Howard Gardner's theory of the different ways in which people learn, perceive and leave their mark on the world, can be applied to the practice of handwriting analysis.

In order to help understand the differing capabilities individuals have, Dafna gave a preliminary proposal for attributing graphological elements to Gardner's multiple intelligences, linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, naturalistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal. She gave a model for looking at these intelligences from a variety of perspectives: from a Jungian typology; the dominant picture; and other graphic features, such as legibility, regularity, movement, tension, pressure, connectedness, progressive/regressive direction, stroke quality, organization, slant, margins, letter distances, baseline characteristics, size, width and zones of letters, forms, types of connections, degree of meagerness/fullness and special characteristics.

Spring Conference

May 6, 2006

Alan Levine
The Handwriting and Life of Robert E. Lee

Morning:   Alan Levine presented a slide show of the life of Robert E. Lee including many handwriting samples from the age of 17 to shortly before his death at age 63 in 1870. Included were copies of many important documents, photographs and letters of Lee before, during and after the Civil War. Handwritings of his mother, father, members of his General staff, and others provided additional depth to the understanding of this Southern icon of the Civil War.

His handwriting revealed a man who was self-disciplined, unwavering, proficient, exact and perennially concerned with doing everything correctly and properly. There was little flexibility in the stroke, and he only rarely revealed any emotional expression. Over the years the one startling feature of his writing was its consistency, rarely changing even in the midst of periods of great turmoil.

Considerable controversy has existed regarding Lee's motives, capabilities, and record of accomplishments. Some consider him to be the embodiment of the perfect Southern gentleman, and one of the greatest Generals of all time. Others characterize him as a depressive filled with self-doubts and frustrations. Graphologically there appeared to be little evidence for these latter conclusions. This study of Robert E. Lee revealed him to be exceedingly self-disciplined and filled with clear and forthright intentions, which he attempted to fulfill to the very best of his considerable abilities. His writing was consistent with one of his major life guidelines devotion to duty.

Patricia Siegel
Successful Women Explored through their Handwriting

Afternoon:   Patricia Siegel is President of The American Society of Professional Graphologists, an executive coach, professional graphologist, and handwriting identification expert. She illustrated in this presentation how the talent and personality of women, in the context of their diverse backgrounds, combine to overcome obstacles and grasp opportunity. This was an expanded version of a presentation, initially given at the British Institute of Graphologists Symposium in Oxford last September.

Using the Chinese proverb "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" as a metaphor for the power within a women's grasp to challenge personal bias, cultural prejudice and glass ceilings, Pat illustrated how some women accomplish beyond expectation, turning limitations into opportunities. She discussed some of the current research regarding the internal and external barriers women face, as well as the circumstances that encourage women to do exceptionally well. To illustrate, she described the how the handwriting dynamics of a number of exceptional women, from the mid 1800's to the present day, reflected their struggles as well as their achievements in the context of their lives. Handwritings shown included: Mary Cassatt, Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Rita-Levy Montalcini, Ann Richards, Elizabeth Dole, Mother Teresa, Madeleine Albright, Marian Wright Edelman, Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey, among others.

Each of these women is unique in how she takes advantage of life's opportunities. Their cultural heritage, especially their family support and childhood experiences, are particularly significant in determining who they would become. A woman's ambition depends on her subjective decision about what she values most, what defines success for her, and that changes with greater self-awareness with each stage of life. With resilience and perseverance, they can overcome the barriers that seem to block their way.

Fall Conferences

October 7, 2006

Kim Iannetta
Behavioral Profiling Using Written Communication for Security and Investigation

An expert in forensic behavioral profiling and document examination, Kim Iannetta is a frequent consultant to law enforcement and security agencies, and also offers jury consultation, mock trials, focus groups, witness profiling, and pretrial evaluation. She is the author of the book Danger Between the Lines, A Resource Manual for Prediction of Violence. Her many honors include a lifetime fellowship in the American College of Forensic Examiners, Diplomat Status, in the American Board of Forensic Examiners.

Kim described the graphic indicators of dangerousness, and showed many interesting handwritings to demonstrate how she uses her methods to identify high-risk behavior in employees, patients, prisoners, and criminal suspects. Material for Kim's book was based on her 10-year research project at Hawaii State Mental Hospital, and she brought to the lecture several examples of impulsive, disorganized, and sociopathic writings, as well a number of samples from alcoholic halfway houses and prison wards. She has always been fascinated by how graphics may change after major lifetime events, and brought in "before" and "after" samples of O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, and Mel Gibson handwritings which clearly illustrated that phenomenon. When determining personality, Kim maintains that it's most important to look for habitual graphics that are unattractive, unexpected, or don't fit with the overall gestalt of the sample. Traits that are identified with dangerousness include weapon-shaped strokes, a prevalence of slashed and angles, forms that are distorted, superfluous, or twisted, middle-zone letters that go below the baseline, "x" formations, and rocker-bottom personal pronouns, which can indicate an unstable foundation.

For her jury selection activities, Kim has developed a worksheet based on the trial topic and the type of juror preferred by the lawyer. She collects information drawn from juror application signatures and the handwritings of the judge, the lawyers, and any written witness statements.

October 28, 2006

John Beck
Mythological Types as an Aid to In-Depth Understanding of Handwriting

In this lecture, John Beck showed how Mythological Typology offers an efficient way to access a handwriting's unconscious language and identify its gestalt. John founded the Graphological Society in 1982 and is currently Chairman of the British Institute of Graphpologists. He has a regular program analyzing handwritings on BBC radio.

Each of the eight major Mythological types encompasses a cluster of personality traits reflected in graphological characteristics. According to Jung, early cultures recognized personality types, and as a first foray into psychology, they projected their behavior traits upward to planets. These personality typologies are evaluated according to a hierarchy of dominance in the handwriting. When there is an absence of typology in handwriting, these characteristics are missing in the handwriting and can reflect a blind spot. John warned that although the planetary terminology is similar, this is not astrology.

The following is a short description of the personality types and their associated graphic elements:

  • Sun = Pride, individuality, self-esteem. Aware of own value, creative, artistic, independent. Refined, stylized writing, often vertical, rigid, elegant or printed, large capitals, firm.
  • Moon = Imagination, reflection, lack of structure. Dreamers, indecisive, moody, intuitive, evasive, dislikes confrontation. Responds and reflects personalities around them. Graphics lack energy, and spaces are wide between words/lines. Forms are rounded, imprecise.
  • Mercury = Articulate communicators, constant mental activity, speed of thought, but often plagued with self-doubt. High form level, writing is fast, small, jittery, simplified, with light pressure, sharp strokes, short lower zone, and irregular letter height.
  • Mars = Anger, drive, energy and aggression. Likes action, struggle, and conflict. Can be courageous and tenacious, but also forceful, dynamic. Graphics: strong pressure, energetic, angles, and may be sharp or blunt, not stylized or refined, strong pressure, fast.
  • Earth = Practical and dependable. Emphasized what works, makes money or gives pleasure. The focus is on food, sex, work, money, pleasure, and material things. Writing is compact, conventional, restrained, slow, pastose, with a tight baseline and a strong lower zone.
  • Venus = Sociability, charm, pleasantness, emotion and affectivity. Conciliatory, gentle, receptive, sentimental, seductive, feminine, can be jealous and possessive, dislikes aggressive behavior. Primarily garlands forms, middle zone dominant, pasty stroke.
  • Jupiter = Expansive with broad horizons. Extroverted, confident, prone to exaggeration. Dislikes restriction, needs acknowledgement and status, makes good salespeople. Letters are large, often curved, dynamic, with firm pressure, often ornate with grand gestures.
  • Saturn = Inhibition, withdrawal, restriction. Serious, hard-working, pessimistic, moralistic, feels isolated and worries. Forms are narrow, slow, rigid, simplified, linear, unadorned, with a leftward tendency, underdeveloped middle zones, some angularity, sharp stroke and finals.

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