David Grayson, Ed.D. is considered the world’s leading handwriting authority. He’s appeared on CNN, ABC and NBC. He’s worked with companies, police departments, and lawyers. A teacher for more than 40 years, Grayson is the leading author of Handwriting Secrets Revealed: The Book of Handwriting Analysis.
Imagine you’re prepping for a test. You’re taking notes just as frantically as the instructor can spit out the information. He’s going just a little too fast and you’re getting writer’s cramp. Suddenly the bell rings and you quickly copy down the rest of the information so you’re not late for your next class. Later, you open it up to study and realize you can’t read a word of any of it. You’re completely frustrated. If you relate with that, then you’re one of thousands who struggle with good penmanship. Dr. David Grayson joins us just in time for National Handwriting Day (Jan. 23) to talk about the hidden meaning behind your scribbles.
FYI: It’s a pleasure to speak with you, Doc.
Doc Grayson: It’s a pleasure to speak to you. Thank you.
FYI: You’re one of the leading authorities on handwriting analysis. Talk about the science of handwriting analysis. How is it used in the world today?
Doc Grayson: So many of the forensic TV shows like “NCIS” often portray handwriting analysts in helping to solve crimes. So that itself is giving it credibility. But there’s been lots of research done by several organizations, by Handwriting University, and by the International Graphoanalysis Society (IGAS). So it’s becoming very much a part of the forefront in the United States.
One of the things I used to do in working with police was comparing graffiti–determining if it was done by the same person, which person can the police put the most pressure on that will give them the answer they want–that kind of thing.
With lawyers it’s determining whether a document was signed by a specific person or is it counterfeit. Was it written now or 50 years ago? So there’s a few examples of how handwriting analysis is used.
FYI: Signing documents or getting an autograph–These are probably the most common experiences people have with handwriting. You say there are secret personality traits that are revealed about a person in the way they sign their name. Talk about that.
Doc Grayson: The signature is how you want to appear. The body of the writing is how you are. So if the signature is the same as the rest of the writing, you know this is a “what you see is what you get” type of person. If the signature is a lot different, they’re putting on a persona.
FYI: What are some things you can discover about yourself through your own handwriting?
Doc Grayson: I can see in my own writing if I’m getting irritable, tired, or frustrated. You can see someone’s level of self-confidence, willpower, personal drive, goal-setting mentality, temper, frustrations, imagination, etc. There’s about 144 different traits you can find in handwriting alone.
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FYI: On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being not important and 10 being extremely important, how important is handwriting in everyday life?
Doc Grayson: I think it’s probably a 7 or 8. So much research is showing that handwriting promotes hand-eye coordination. It develops self-discipline because you have to sit down and do it over and over again. It also allows you to see things visually and it helps memory too.