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Handwriting Analysis : Putting It to Work for You 1st Edition

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Handwriting is an expression of personality, and as unique as a fingerprint. Physical, intellectual, and emotional states combine to produce a writing style. Handwriting analysis, or graphology, was once sneeringly labeled a pseudoscience but is now gaining acceptance as a useful diagnostic tool in business, criminology, medicine, and psychology. McNichol (Univ. of California) has thorough knowledge and long experience as a consultant and expert witness, and teaches the only graphology course sponsored by an accredited U.S. university. Her common sense explanations are salted with wry humor and ironic observations on the handwriting of the famous as well as the infamous. No one, including the reader, is safe from her barbs. This is an excellent introduction to graphology, a great party game, and an incentive to type all correspondence!-- Evelyn L. Mott, Palm Beach Cty. Lib., West Palm Beach, Fla.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


If you love playing Clue and reading whodunits, "HANDWRITING ANALYSIS: Putting It to Work for You" is the logical conclusion. -- Los Angeles Daily News, July 23, 1991

McNichol's common-sense explanations are salted with wry humor and ironic observations on the handwriting of the famous and the infamous. -- Library Journal, May 1, 1991

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809235668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809235667
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrea McNichol is one of the leading forensic graphologists and examiners of questioned documents in the United States, and a highly respected researcher in the field.

Andrea studied graphology at the Sorbonne and at the University of Heidelberg. After receiving a bachelor's degree and teaching credential from the UC Berkeley, she undertook an eight-year study in conjunction with psychiatrists and other medical doctors, and criminologists, correlating graphological characteristics with mental and physical conditions, and forensic handwriting comparison.

With the cooperation of Alcoholics Anonymous, the National Association of Educators, four California penal institutions and a variety of business groups, McNichol investigated the relationship between handwriting and such things as alcohol and drug use, intelligence, criminal tendencies, and success in business. She has also conducted numerous studies under the auspices of UC Berkeley, exploring the relationship between handwriting and behavior, and handwriting identification procedures and techniques.

In 1975, Andrea designed the first college-level graphology course at an accredited U.S. university, UCLA. Since that time she has taught courses on graphology at eight campuses of the University of California, where she has consistently received the highest student ratings. Her university course is now available on DVD and VHS, as are her special seminars on what your doodles reveal, and how to spot dishonesty in handwriting.

Andrea has been consulted on such celebrated cases as the Hitler Diaries, the Billionaires Boys' Club murder, the Howard Hughes Will Case, the Josef Mengele Nazi War Criminal case, the OJ Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey murder cases.

Andrea has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, and has appeared on numerous national television programs, including most of the major network news shows, Good Morning America, CNN, the Tonight Show and Geraldo Rivera. The author of HANDWRITING ANALYSIS: Putting It to Work for You, Hidden Messages in Your Children's Writing and Advanced Studies in Graphology, along with numerous technical articles, Andrea has been published in a wide variety of books, magazines, and other publications.

In 1980, McNichol founded the Los Angeles-based firm Graphology Consultants International, specializing in examination of questioned documents and behavioral profiling for businesses and law enforcement agencies. Andrea regularly consults with several Fortune 500 companies and other corporations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. She conducts training seminars throughout the world in the use of graphology, and forensic handwriting identification, and is one of the most sought-after speakers and teachers of the science in the United States today.

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Does your handwriting reveal your personality? What about your state of health, honesty, sanity, motivation, sobriety and intelligence?

According to Handwriting Analysis - Putting It to Work For You handwriting reveals these traits and a whole lot more. Author Andrea McNichol is an expert graphologist who has been consulted by law enforcement agencies, the State Department, and Fortune 500 companies. She has also served as an Examiner of Questioned Documents in such cases as the Howard Hughes will, the Ted Bundy murders, and the Hitler Diaries. McNichol brings her extensive expertise and insights to this very readable, interactive book.

At the onset, you are asked to write a lengthy handwriting sample on unlined paper. As she says, the more you write, the happier you'll be later when you find out what it all means! Why? Well, once you find out about the many aspects of handwriting analysis, it is likely to affect your handwriting especially in the initial stages. So to write some samples helps give a more unbiased picture of your traits. It's so much fun (not to mention utterly fascinating!) to compare writing samples to the examples and traits listed in this book. Now, my husband and I analyze everything from restaurant bills to signatures, holiday cards, and more.

McNichol uses actual case studies and handwriting samples as she teaches you graphology. For example, the reader is presented with two handwriting samples: one is an authentic note from the Zodiac killer (suspected of murdering more than sixty peopled in the San Francisco Bay area during the late 1960's and the 1970's) and a fake. The giveaway to the real note? The "Maniac d" that McNichol discusses earlier in the chapter. A Maniac d is when the letter suddenly takes off at an acute angle to the right.
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I have an extensive libary of graphology books and can say this is by far the very best on the subject...for beginners or for seasoned handwriting analysts. I've read them all, even the new one of the "for complete idiots" variety and Andrea McNichol is the best hands down. If you want the best, most comprehensive and straightforward book on the subject, this is it. McNichol has many immitators, but they all fall short. She has set the high water mark in graphology books.
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This is probably the very best book on handwriting analysis ever written. It has something for everyone -- from the highly skeptical beginner who knows nothing about graphology, to the most experienced graphologist. Andrea McNichol is one of the top, if not the top, people in the field of graphology, and reading her book will help you understand why. From cases about how Andrea helped police and authorities catch criminals via handwriting, to the use of graphology in job screening...Andrea covers it all like no other.
I have read dozens of graphology books, including all of the other leading experts. None of them comes close to the thoroughness and brilliance of Andrea's book. It's also extremely entertaining, funny, and I found myself sitting down to just read a little of it -- and ending up reading it over the course of two otherwise very busy days. If you're interested in learning about graphology, or have been doing it yourself for 20 years, this book is for you. It's a work of genius.
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This is a comprehensive book that covers most, if not all, critical aspects of handwriting analysis. What makes this book unusual and effective is the way its been laid out.
Ms. Nichol adopts quite a unique approach to the teaching of Graphology.
Rather than load the reader with lots of information (which can be a little difficult to assimilate & digest) ... the author adopts more of a Question & Answer type approach ...
Each chapter typically begins with the author providing sample handwritings of 3 persons, and then asking questions like: Which of the 3 stole from the employer, or which of the 3 is more reliable? (That each illustration is factual and taken from author's own experience, and not just some hypothetical situation - adds to the intrigue and compels interest)
Then, by using the 3 samples of handwriting as a base, the author takes the reader through a particular characteristic of handwriting (such as: pressure, slant, spacing or letter formation etc) which might help answer the question posed.
By adopting this solve a `who-dun-it' method ... the author has found a very effective and interesting way of teaching Graphology. It certainly kept me turning the pages ...
The book as a whole is filled with lots of little exercises and plenty of illustrations, all of which encourages reader participation and interaction. Although it takes a little getting used to, the book allows and compels the reader to put into practice almost immediately, what is being taught ... and this in turn, assists with retention and increases understanding ...
Very good book for anyone wishing to learn more about Graphology ...
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I have purchased/read just about, if not all, reference books available on the topic of handwriting analysis and/or graphology. Out of all of the materials I have read on this subject, Handwriting Analysis:Putting it to work for you is BY FAR the BEST resource out there. Each graphologist interprets size, strokes, garlands, etc., differently, which is confusing. I found that this author, not only put together a resource manual that is informative, captivating, detailed, and "student friendly", what impressed me most was the authors common sense approach to determining, explaining and teaching what various handwriting traits mean. Furthermore, the rate of retainment, at least for me, was like a 10, (from a scale of 1-10) where as other books on this subject left me dazed, confused and discouraged with a retainment rate of approximately 2.

This book delivers what is promises. It teaches you the basics of handwriting analysis. The manner in which the author presents the information is humorous with a common sense approach that allows the "student" to grasp the basic concepts from the first page. This book left me wanting more from this author. I find myself from time-to-time checking to see if the author has published a volume II.

As far as handwriting analysis goes, THIS BOOK IS THE GRAPHOLOGY BIBLE. It is worth the cover price. And this comes from someone who has purchased and read at least 30 books on this subject.
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