Earlier in the month I reported that graphology, or handwriting analysis, has zero validity. Despite this, some businesses continue to use it in personnel selection.
Raj Persaud, writing in The Guardian, takes this point a little further by explaining why graphology proves so attractive to the popular consciousness. According to a new study, even those untrained in graphology tend to interpret people’s handwriting in a consistent fashion. For example if you have untidy handwriting most people, on this evidence alone, would tend to characterise you as depressed. Simply because our interpretation is consistent, we have a tendency to think ‘there might be something in it’. But there isn’t anything in it at all.
Persaud compares graphology to phrenology – the Victorian obsession of analysing personality from the bumps on your head.
→ From The Guardian