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Sex, Lies, and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting Paperback – July 22, 2008
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“Informative and entertaining.... The prose is bright, conversational, witty and not bogged down by technical jargon. This book will have you excitedly minding—and analyzing—your ‘Ps’ and ‘Qs’ and all the other letters, too.”
“Dig out all those old birthday and holiday cards and love notes you’ve been hoarding over the years. You may just learn something new—and shocking—about the person who penned them.”
—Charleston Post and Courier
About the Author
Michelle Dresbold, a graduate of the United States Secret Service's Advanced Document Examination training program, is considered one of the top experts in the nation on handwriting identification, personality profiling, and threat analysis. She consults to private attorneys, police departments, and prosecutors throughout the United States. Dresbold writes a syndicated column, "The Handwriting Doctor." She is also an accomplished artist. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information visit MichelleDresbold.com
James Kwalwasser is the cocreator and editor of "The Handwriting Doctor" syndicated column. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
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I say this because if you really want to enter the world of graphology and/or handwriting analysis, you need authors who have studied as a team player and from good sources to learn the right way. It is very hard to be any good if you learned from theories that were never streamlined or just interpretations concocted by an author. Unfortunately, some authors proclaim they have "the only book you will ever need," and this is so not true. This is a science and an on-going education. So, whether you are moderately interested in graphology and/or handwriting analysis, or want to be a master someday - this is a great book to have in your collection.
When this author makes statements she usually explains "why" she came to that conclusion, which also helps you learn. So, she teaches horizontally, not vertically. Meaning the author speaks to you and not at you. She is also a great writer and keeps your attention throughout the entire book and not just parts.
The amount of time she spent on each story really floored me. The author made sure she knew what she was talking about when it came to all the high profile cases and material, and she has more stats and real images pertaining to them, than I have seen in my own studies and writing. I attribute that to the fact her education is as "inside" as it can get. By that I mean her education in part by the government. Obviously they can use real evidence when teaching and have access to some evidentary items or theories not always available to the general public, (moi).
Trying not to be a spoiler, she proved me wrong in my own book - regarding the Ramsey note - I felt the writer was foreign because the characters seemed written from right to left. It never occurred to me a person could just switch to their non-dominate hand and write away. Again, she had access to a lot more information than I ever did, and every time I was sure she was wrong - as I read on, she was correct and full of documentation to support her final conclusion on every item.
If you want a real page turner where you also learn as you go - her book is a great one ! Just remember one tendency may be cancelled out by another tendency, most evaluations should be done as a "whole" and with several samples, so be very well educated before you start figuring someone is Satan incarnate or a real Mother Theresa.
The book didn't address some of my key questions, however, such as, do these patterns in writing hold true in any language? The English pronoun "I" for instance is shaped to give significance (according to the author) to the mother/father relationship the writer has with his or her parents. But how does that carry over to French, for instance, where that pronoun is "je"? Or, do the aberrations that criminals have in their writing apply to we so-called normal folk as well? Also, I found some of the conclusions somewhat arbitrary, in that the author would say something about a style in one chapter, and something different in another. Clearly, she is seeing subtleties I can't, and she has been noted for that talent. Ms. Dresbold has a light and humorous way of writing, but sometimes that comes across as glib, and often at times when I the reader just wanted more information! This is particularly true in the section towards the end when she does excerpts from her column of handwriting advice.
Some of the suggestions she makes as to the psychology of writing are just plain intriguing though, such as the left side of the paper represents our past, the right our future. Depending on how the writing is positioned on the paper can reveal a lot about a person's feelings for those parts of their lives. Letters that fall way below the baseline or pierce other letters is a sign that the writer does not observe everyday societal rules. The examples Ms. Dresbold gives about human sexuality and how that plays out in writing is quite alluring, if sometimes lurid.
All in all, however, she raises some interesting questions, such as, if you change your handwriting, can you change your behavior? It stands to reason that, as we learn to write as children, our own personalities and sub-consciences come into play to form our unique style of writing, and as she comments, handwriting changes over the course of a lifetime. She tells a story of changing her own way of forming the letter p, and becoming a more open listener, less argumentative in the process. It seems that behavioral scientists could delve a little more into that claim, as it could have enormous consequences.