If you’ve ever seen an episode of Crime Scene Investigators (CSI), you may have seen the team using handwriting analysis to help catch the perpetrator of a crime. By studying a person’s writing and how they form their letters, certain inferences can be made about someone’s temperament or character traits. However, such a study can be beneficial for more than solving crimes. According to David J. Dewitt, it can be used as a mode of self-discovery, helping individuals find the right path that fits their nature. In his book, Handwriting Analysis: Discover Your Own Vocational/Career Potential, he aims to show how this tool can be used to figure out your personality type, and the best career choice for you. In particular, he is writing to people who may feel stuck in life or are very unhappy in their work. In that case, spending time to evaluate handwriting using his methods may be a very worthwhile investment.
Given that this book is intended to be a help to individuals as well as professionals offering guidance on potential careers, I was pleased to discover that the author presents a step by step process for using this method in the book. Despite being unfamiliar material to me, it felt approachable once I had glanced over the introduction. After discussing what handwriting analysis is and how it is used, he discusses the link to your personality and how that in turn can indicate strengths that would be beneficial in various careers.
The book denotes that there are six vocational personality styles and under each category are lists of potential careers. The techniques to analyze a handwriting sample include measuring the slant for one’s emotional barometer, specific letter constructions for one’s thinking style and the various personality traits assigned to individual writing strokes. There is even a chapter discussing analysis to detect potential dishonesty. Using the included worksheets, an individual can analyze their own handwriting by comparing it to the examples that are included.
After reading through the approach outlined by the author, I think handwriting analysis could benefit several groups. An individual struggling with their career could use it to help discover a more appropriate job for their personality. A guidance counselor could use the techniques to help students narrow down job. In a corporate setting, handwriting analysis might help someone assign work especially to a new hire. While not intended to be a stand-alone assessment tool, it offers many useful insights which would enhance other kinds of personality or career tests. I found it to be interesting, well written and useful for a variety of situations.
Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by David J. Dewitt. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.