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Society Conference Reports for 2008

Winter Conference

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Chris Loeffler
Connections and Integration: Illustrating Handwriting - Unique Bounty in Nurturing Creativity, Compatibility, and Compassion for the Self and Others.

Chris is a clinical social worker and therapist-teacher, and has been an active graphologist for twenty-five years. His specialty is working with victims and offenders of violent crime, aiming to transform violence and shame into understanding and empathy. Integrating graphology into his clinical work, he diagnoses and treats issues of anger, complemetarity vs. symmetry in relationships, and intolerance vs. forgiveness.

In his work as a therapist with both victims and offenders of crime, Chris' clients often carry a burden of shame, which translates easily into anger and vengefulness. He feels that these individuals find it difficult to forgive others as well as themselves until guilt is acknowledged. And, because the desire for honesty is avoided due to a fear of acknowledging that guilt and shame, the anger plays out in behavior. His patients responses to treatment usually follow three stages: resentment, curiosity, and engagement.

Chris looks at three core components in the handwritings of his clients:

  1. Compelling Traits, or attention-grabbing graphics
  2. Core Conflicts, traits that show strengths juxtaposed with weaknesses
  3. Coping Strengths, graphics showing how a writer deals with difficulties.
The sample handwritings he exhibited from his patients frequently displayed signature disparities, printing, and signs of dishonesty, overcompensation and contrivance.

Chris also discussed couples compatibility, dividing most twosomes into two categories.
  1. "Complementary" relationships, where the personality traits differ and supplement each other
  2. "Symetrical" duos, comprised of two similar personalities that are less efficient. He presented many handwriting samples of both, and engaged the audience in their analysis.

Spring Conference

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Alessandra Millevolte
Communication as a Key Factor for Compatibility in the Couple and at Work: Graphological Factors

Alessandra Millevolte will join us from Italy. She is a professional graphologist and teacher of the Moretti system of graphology in L.U.M.S.A. Rome University and Urbino University. She is also the co-author, with Vincenza De Petrillo, of the book, The Application of the G. Moretti Graphological System, and an article on "The Four Temperaments of the Moretti Graphological System" in Volume VI of the Journal of the American Society of Professional Graphologists.

Alessandra's presentation will look at interpersonal communication styles from a graphological context. Assertive and effective communication is one of the most important elements in managing good relations, especially those that have important significance in human life, as with couples and in work environments. Many problems derive from faulty communication between people. Graphology can help us to identify - according to the main theories of communication (Palo Alto School, NLP, Transactional Analysis, etc) - the personal style and needs of communication of each individual. Consequently, it can be the basis for analyzing the quality of interactions and the degree of compatibility with other people, especially those who are close, like partners or work colleagues. The lecture will focus on a) identifying the relevant elements of handwriting to understand the personal style of communication, b) understanding the level of compatibility between people involved in a sentimental relationship, as well as a work and business, and c) identifying those elements of the communication dynamics that are relevant for modifying the interaction. Case histories and practical examples will be presented to clarify the concepts.

Fall Conference

Saturday, October 25, 2008

John Beck

John Beck founded the Graphological Society in 1982 and is currently Chairman of the British Institute of Graphologists. A leading lecturer in Europe and North America, with a regular program on BBC radio, John's specialty is the connection between Jungian psychology and handwritten movement. He will be giving the following two presentations at this conference.

Interpretations of the Small Middle Zone in Handwriting
For many years John has become more and more dissatisfied with the standard graphological interpretations given for the small middle zone, particularly when this is in conjunction with large upper and lower zones. Following his own years of research, he itemizes some NINE totally separate interpretations of this commonly seen phenomenon, very few of which are to be found in standard graphology texts. This lecture extensively examines each of these separate interpretations, emphasizing at all times the factors of psychological overcompensation that come about as a result of this pattern.

Mythological Types Found in the Writing of People in the Counseling Professions
During his last visit to lecture to us, John Beck explained the Mythological types of H. St. Morand (sometimes known as the Planetary types) in handwriting - a typology widely used in French Graphology. This system provides an amazing "road map" of which direction the analysis should take, long before we have begun our worksheet examination. For this talk, he will consider the combination of just two of these Mythological types, and the incidence of their appearing in the writings of counselors, therapists, advisers and the broad range of people whose job it is to offer psychological help to others: they frequently appear in the writings of graphologists too, and this is of special interest to us.

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