Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

Graphology—a total write-off

Graphology—a total write-off

(p.233) Chapter 16 Graphology—a total write-off
Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain

Barry L. Beyerstein

Oxford University Press

Graphology, or handwriting analysis, is the allegedly scientific practice of determining people's psychological, social, occupational and medical attributes, as well their moral stature, from the configuration of their letters, lines, and paragraphs on a page. Graphologists strenuously deny, though there is much evidence to the contrary, that they pay any attention to the contents of the scripts they analyse. Following some definitions and historical background, this chapter presents the logical and scientific objections to graphology. It then discusses the psychological research on the ‘subjective validation effect’ which explains why a practice that consistently fails well-controlled empirical tests can still seem utterly convincing to intelligent, educated people who run across it in everyday settings.

Keywords:   graphology, handwriting analysis, graphologists

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .