If you’re interested in graphology and would like to learn to analyse people’s handwriting to better understand their character, abilities, strengths and weaknesses, you need to have an ultimate goal in the first place.
For example, you want to work as a graphologist.
In this case, it’s better get a solid basic education (for example, in one of European institutes or from representatives of these institutes of graphology). Apart from having a globally recognised diploma, you’ll get a chance to be aware of the latest studies in graphology, have access to published materials and meet global leaders in graphology.
Most European institutes offer their students not only the actual course in graphology, but also a chance to grow professionally through seminars and master classes, giving access to libraries, membership in graphology societies, help with employment.
If you have a less ambitious goal — for example, to perform better in your current job or improve your relationship, you can have a short graphology course that is available in Russia, too.
Besides, there is always an option for self-study. In case of a self-study, you need to be cautious at choosing the right study materials. Since graphology in Russia is at its growing phase, some authors of Russian books tend to present graphology as a secret, almost occult, knowledge, which of course is not true.
Whatever goal you have in studying graphology, apart from theoretical knowledge, you’ll need to practice a lot. Here are some advice to beginners on how to practice graphology:
1. It’s better to practice on texts written in free format. They can be manuscripts, letters, diaries. Poems or texts written from dictation won’t suit. The text must flow freely from line to line, have sentences and paragraphs.
2. The text must be written on unlined paper, in a calm and natural state of mind, and contain at least 20 lines. It takes a few first lines for a hand in order to start moving freely. At the bottom, there should be a signature. Also, for comparison it would be good to have a signature written on squared paper or within a certain frame.
3. For a start, it’s better to analyse handwritings of people close to you, so that the knowledge you have about them already could help you analyse their handwriting.
4. Don’t attempt to get a full picture right away. To start with, analyse each characteristics independently, and then combine them into a full picture.
5. It helps to analyse similar handwritings of people you know. It helps to train your focus and analytical skills.
6. You need to practice a lot, ideally every day. Experience and professional intuition that is gained along with experience play a vital role in graphology.