What Your Handwriting Says About Your Physical Health

handwriting and health

 

We’ve all heard claims about how handwriting analysis is the window to the soul.  It may be true that you can learn a lot about someone’s personality from their handwriting.  It’s been said that this science can be used to diagnose mental illness.  What would you think if I told you that it’s possible to draw conclusions about the state of your physical health through your handwriting?

What Can We Learn About Physical Health Through Graphology?

It makes sense that our handwriting changes as we grow older.  There are several medical conditions that can be predicted or diagnosed early through certain indicators that may be present in a person’s handwriting.  Let’s take a look at these conditions.

High Blood Pressure

If you writing with varying degrees of pressure, alternating between dark handwriting and light handwriting, this could indicate that you suffer from hypertension.  If you have a habit of changing up the pressure you put on the pen when you write, and especially if you go from light to dark, you should get your blood pressure checked, or check it at home, to see if there is a correlation.

Parkinson’s Disease

This debilitating disease manifests itself in tremors, and those tremors may show in the handwriting.  The main indicator of Parkinson’s disease in the handwriting, however, is very tiny and cramped handwriting.  It’s been said that sometimes the writing is so small and close that the person who wrote it has trouble reading it.  A person may have tremors, but not have Parkinson’s.  If this is the case, the shaking will stop on the pen hits the paper.  If you notice that someone’s handwriting is getting smaller and smaller, encourage them to ask their doctor about Parkinson’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Handwriting slows down overall when a person has Alzheimer’s disease.  As the disease advances, the person’s handwriting deteriorates.    You may see some trembling exhibit itself in the handwriting.  It’s expected to see altered handwriting and irregular letters.  In Alzheimer’s disease, as it progresses, reading and writing both become difficult.

Arthritis

If you have arthritis, especially in your hands and fingers, your handwriting will change.  It becomes more difficult to hold pens properly, and the pain in the joints of your digits will cause you to write in a more angular fashion.  This angular writing may be distinguishable before the disease is diagnosed.

Cancer

Can pens be used for early Cancer detection?  One graphologist, Austrian Alfred Kanfer, developed a handwriting test that detected people at a high risk for cancer, with an astonishing 84 percent accuracy.  He died in 1974, and we haven’t heard a lot about his research since then.  Further studies may one day utilize graphology as an early detection method.  As we become more and more advanced in cancer treatment and detection, this can only be good news!

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is not an illness, of course.  But, it may surprise you to know that graphology can be used to detect a woman’s pregnancy between 48 and 72 hours after conception.  Wow!  When graphologists inspect handwriting samples, before, during, and after pregnancy, differences are clear to them.  It’s possible for a handwriting expert to know a woman is pregnant before she is aware of it herself.

Overall Energy Levels

When we examine handwriting, it is easy to gauge what a person’s energy level is.  When a person’s writing is dark, they have a high energy level.  Obviously, if the writing goes through to the back of the paper, they are experiencing a very high energy level.  If the writing is lighter, this is a good indicator that the person behind the pen is tired, or lacking in energy at that point.

Ask Your Doctor

It goes without saying that you should not rely solely on graphology alone to diagnose illness or wellness.  If you recognize some of these handwriting traits, ask your doctor about testing.  Your handwriting may be an early indicator, but analysis should not replace medical exams and treatment.

Is Graphology Pseudo-Science?

Some people feel that graphology is not real science, because it’s claims do not follow the scientific method.  Although it’s true that most of the evidence is anecdotal, should it be completely dismissed? You can say the same for a lot of alternative medicine that is practiced today. If there is validity to handwriting analysis as a diagnostic tool, and it can be used in conjunction with modern medicine, it should not be totally discounted?

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