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Society Conference Reports for 2018

Winter Conference

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Alessandra Millevolte
Resilience in Handwriting, Recognizing the Soft Skills in Work and Life

In the turbulence of our days, people are increasingly exposed to sudden and often traumatic changes. Resilience becomes more and more a "competence" necessary to deal effectively with crises in the professional sphere and in private life. Many elements constitute resilience: this presentation is aimed at describing them and researching their indexes in handwriting.

Alessandra Millevolte joined us from Italy where she is a veteran graphologist of 35 years, working mainly in personnel selection, vocational guidance and forensic expertise. She is also an expert in vocational training and personal development. Alessandra taught graphology for many years at Urbino University and LUMSA University in Rome. She is a former President of the Italian Graphological Association (AGI) and remains a member of its Technical and Scientific Committee. Alessandra has degrees in sociology and graphological techniques from Urbino University and has studied under Father L. Torbidoni, Morettiís most well-known pupil. She has had a long-term collaboration with the Moretti Institute, representing the Morettian School at national and international conferences.

Her publications include, among others, the book La Scrittura and with Enza De Petrillo authored The Application of the G. Moretti Graphological System for English speaking graphologists.

Spring Conference

Saturday, May 19, 2018

John Beck
Analyzing Counter-Dominants:
A Way to Extract Valuable Information from Handwriting

Modern graphologists are trained to recognize the dynamics of graphological patterns and clusters of indicators as they appear together in writing. When you first learned graphology, were you perplexed when one indicator seemed to run counter to another?

One single handwriting can have as many as five or more such contradictory indicators, and they can be of enormous value to analysts. Jung always said that at the heart of every major head-on conflict within a person lies the hidden answer to that personís psychological problem. It is in this spirit that we learn to recognize and analyze central conflicts within the writer.

Counter-dominantsí contribution to analysts cannot be underestimated. Their absence as a feature in graphology text books is, in John Beckís opinion, a major omission, and one that we can correct. In this presentation, John showed how to recognize these contradictory features.

John Beck came to us from London and has given well received ASPG conference presentations in the past. He has been a professional graphologist for over 35 years and served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman for the British Institute of Graphologists. He was also invited by London University to give a series of lectures in their department of psychology. An active lecturer on graphology and Jungian Archetypes, he has presented internationally as well as on radio. He has worked extensively as a graphologist for business concerns in the UK and France, specializing in financial institutions.

Fall Conference

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Marie Anne Nauer
Pophal Reloaded:
Handwriting as Brainwriting in Light of Recent Research in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Graphology

Recent research studies imply a possible improvement of the old theory of the physician and graphologist Rudolf Pophal, based on the neuroscience of that period. During recent decades, more and more his theory has been rejected and even ruled out by many modern graphologists. We will present the new PSI - Psychic Systemís Interaction - Model established by Julius Kuhl from Germany, based on recent studies in neuroscience, neurophysiology, and psychology, conceived by the author as the "Quadrifocal Brain." This furnishes a very handy model to renew the theory of Pophal, still quite useful, well known and practiced by many European graphologists since 1940.

Marie Anne Nauer explained with handwriting examples how to better understand the important role and modern concept of tension in handwriting. She also discussed a possible implementation of the new model in handwriting analysis and its impact on the daily work of the practitioner.

Marie Anne Nauer, a graduate of the University of Zurich, specializes in Freudian psychoanalysis and written psychology. She has her own practice in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychodiagnostics and graphology, as well as leadership consulting, conflict management and coaching. She received a certificate from the Swiss Board School of the University of St. Gallen, is President of the Swiss Graphological Society SCG and the Commission for Research and Quality Assurance of the SCG, the Section of Writing Expertise.

Her scientific papers and publications include her work on psychoanalytical diagnostics in practical application and validation of written psychology. In addition, she is a postgraduate lecturer for graphology in Zurich, London and Barcelona. Marie Anne has received the Renna Nezos Prize for Psychological Research in 2007 and 2010. She has two books published: Handwriting Research, Validation & Quality, co-edited with Yury Chernov (2018) and Who are YOU? Identity in the Mirror of the Manuscript (2013).

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