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Society Conference Reports for 2016

Winter Conference

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Patricia Siegel
Handwriting Identification Workshop

Patricia Siegel is a certified forensic document examiner, handwriting analyst, executive coach and, currently, President of The American Society of Professional Graphologists. Pat was formerly a faculty member at The New School of Social Research, where she taught accredited courses in handwriting analysis and identification. This was an interactive workshop on handwriting identification in forensic document examination.

The question asked is whether a signature or other writing is genuine or not genuine. Pat discussed what document examiners need to know, the principles and process of handwriting identification, and the influence of personal bias in coming to an opinion. Topics included identifying patterns in signatures, disguised writing, tracings, elderly and infirm writing and simplified signatures. A proficiency test was given in which participants worked on distinguishing disguised, genuine and simulated signatures. Cases were presented to demonstrate each of these topics.

One method of identifying handwriting patterns is through diagramming signatures to measure habitual patterns of movement and expression in order to more easily comprehend the proportions, consistencies and symmetry in writing. Diagramming is achieved using a ruler, compass and protractor, or similar digital techniques. It allows the handwriting examiner to measure and describe spatial relationships, and to "see" patterns holistically. This process has a mathematical precision that also helps others observe and understand similarities in the courtroom. It gives concrete evidence of personalized habitual movement, the basis of the individualized graphic gesture upon which handwriting identification is based.

A more lengthy description of “diagramming” from this presentation, including illustrations, is on the Resources/Articles section of this web site (link is provided below).

Click Here for Patricia's Article on "Handwriting Identification Workshop"

Fall Conference

Saturday, November 5, 2016

John Beck
Using the Theory of Jung’s Archetypes in Our Work as Graphologists, a Simplified Guide

John Beck is an experienced graphologist based in London and, currently, the Vice Chairman of the British Institute of Graphologists.

He has studied as well as given courses on Jung and Archetypes for over 30 years and uses them each time he analyzes a writing.

John Beck’s lecture will provide a practical and simplified guide to Jung’s main Archetypes seen in writing. Jung taught that Archetypes are a universal phenomenon, present in all people irrespective of national backgrounds and representing something of the entire psychological history of our species, passed down from generation to generation. Very prominent Archetypes show up fairly clearly in handwriting, and when they do, they are of vital importance in the analysis. John will explain how each of these can be used as an adjunct to provide a depth of knowledge about the writer, which would otherwise be denied to us. The amount of extra psychological understanding they lend to the analysis is extraordinary, and are, therefore, of great value to graphologists.

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