Handwriting analysis, in which a person’s handwriting can reveal their personality and character traits, is used to evaluate someone medically or psychologically, by employers, and also to determine marital compatibility. The technique is older than you might think, with the first reference book on the subject published in the late 16th century, although evidence indicates the ancient Greeks and Chinese also studied the subject. Graphology, as it’s also known, became more popular during the 19th century, and several well-known people became interested in it, including Conan Doyle who mentioned the technique in his Sherlock Holmes novels, introducing it to a much wider audience. During the early 20th century, the idea of analyzing handwriting became more acceptable and officially recognized. The Grapho Analysis Society was founded in the US in 1929, and the publication of more books on the subject led to increased acceptance.
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