Graphology is only now putting down its roots in Russia. Its status of a science is yet to prove, and its use is yet to justify. The situation is complicated because of pseudo-graphologists who do what is always an advantage to do in Russia — preaching their exclusiveness.
Russia is an incredible country. We are very religious, and everything acquires a religious connotation, even communism or Darwinism. So anything new goes into metaphysical heights. It’s much easier to talk about the so-called secret knowledge instead of giving explanations or referring to previous experiences of predecessors. It’s more beneficial to talk about your own uniqueness than justify your humble position among others.
Graphology wasn’t founded in Russia, didn’t develop here, and didn’t get here a status of a science that is taught in universities. So any graphologist working here must have a diploma from another country — it is just impossible to study it in Russia. But what you do get in Russia is a secret knowledge of pseudo-graphology, get involved into a sect of graphology worshippers and start following graphology metaphysics.
All these things are big obstacle on the way of development of scientific graphology. Any trained graphologist must waste his time and efforts on a battle with pseudo-graphology, explaining to clients the difference between true and false, a science and a business model of a secret teaching.
Below you’ll see the signs of a pseudo-graphology community. If you happen to come across with something similar, just pass by. It’s a temporary and inevitable evil; when graphology gets established in our universities, such phenomena will disappear, like it happened in Europe.
So, a pseudo-graphology community has the following features:
1. Exclusiveness. If a graphology society claims it’s the only real one and only its followers are able to do graphology expertise, or it’s possible to study graphology only within this society — it’s all pseudo-graphology.
2. Intolerability. If a graphology society is strongly against any colleagues and competitors, claiming its exclusive rights on graphology, it is absolutely definitely pseudo-graphology.
3. Lack of competence borders. Any expert knows what he can and cannot do, where he is good and where not. If a graphology society offers to solve all issues and save you from everything, be aware it’s a sect that doesn’t have anything to do with graphology.
4. Active teaching. Studying graphology takes as much time as any other specialty within psychology. If a graphology society offers to teach a full graphology course in 10 classes — it’s a lie. If a a graphology society actively insists on their courses, and if it’s their key offer and main activity, rest assured it’s fake.
5. Focusing on a personality of a graphologist. Graphology is not a magic, in the near future the handwriting analysis will be possible via computers, when programmes will be able to identify signs of writing accurately — there are currently works going on in this direction. If a graphology society insists too much on involving a person (a certain person, or even a well-known guru), be sure it’s pseudo-graphology.
6. Lack of verification. Results of the analysis of any graphologist can be verified by another graphologist. If two different graphologists with equal level of expertise analyse a handwriting of a person, they should get one result. If someone tries to prove otherwise, be assured you are dealing with pseudo-graphologists.
7. Lack of specifics. If a handwriting analysis has only general words that can equally apply both to you and your friend, beware it’s fake.