Election Pseudoscience: Graphology
An “expert” at analyzing handwriting has performed a “reading” of the presidential candidates. Her name is Michelle Dresbold, she is a professional handwriting analyst, and here is a sample of her work:
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s handwriting is straight up and down. A vertical slant takes a lot of control. It appears in the handwriting of people whose heads rule their hearts. She also uses a combination of printing and cursive. This print-writing is found in creative thinkers: artists, musicians, writers, attorneys and speakers. Also notice that the “y” in “Hillary” is a straight firm down stroke. This strong downward stroke (no loop) appears in the handwriting of strong-willed people determined to reach their goals. Hillary clearly writes “Rodham”—clearly she doesn’t want people to forget that she is, first and foremost, her own person.
And one more:
Carly (Fiorina) makes her “y” straight, firm and down. This shows a person determined to make it in life. Her rightward slant shows that same passion. The break between the “i” and “o” in her last name indicates that she dotted her “i” immediately after writing it. These breaks demonstrate that Fiorina is an intelligent, creative thinker. Her “F’ is formal and a bit pretentious, showing that she likes things to look clean and proper.
What we have here is the pseudoscience known as Graphology. As defined by The Skeptic’s Dictionary:
Graphologists, or graphoanalyists, examine loops, dotted “i’s” and crossed “t’s,” letter spacing, slants, heights, ending strokes, upslant pressure, downslant pressure, etc., but they believe that such handwriting minutiae are physical manifestations of unconscious mental functions. Graphologists believe such details can reveal as much about a person as astrology , palm reading, psychometry, rumpology, or the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator. However, there is no evidence that the unconscious mind is a reservoir of truth about a person, much less that graphology provides a gateway to that reservoir.
Graphology should not be confused with forensic document analysis, which is a legitimate set of skills used to try and detect forgeries. According to her bio, Dresbold has these qualifications, yet she has also fallen for the allure of making personality judgments based on a person’s handwriting. She has crossed the streams of science and pseudoscience.
As if there is not enough BS to normally sift through in a political campaign.