Dr. Richard J. Stoller has a Ph.D. in
educational psychology. He is a former teacher and school
principal with 31 years of experience. He is a Master
Graphoanalysist, author of "Write Right" and
"Change Your Handwriting and Change Your Life."
He lectures internationally and is a television personality.
He has statistically proven - with a 79% success rate
- personality and self-image can be changed by changing
certain strokes in a person's handwriting. He is considered
the father of graphotherapy.
"Graphology". The art of knowing men by their handwriting,
is a phrase coined by two French priests in their 1872
and 1878 publications. These two, the Abbe Flandria
and his disciple the Abbe Jean-Hypolyte Michon, spent
their lives studying handwriting and together established
some basic rules for determining specific characteristics.
Michon possessed a methodical mind, an extraordinary
gift for observation, and a photographic memory with
which to assist Flandria's innate understanding of human
The word graphology comes from the Greek "graph", which
means writing, and the suffix "ology", which is applied
to the names of scientific studies.
Three thousand years ago, Nero said he did not trust
a man in his court because "his handwriting shows him
to be treacherous." Over 300 years before the Christian
Era, Aristotle observed that "written words are the
symbols of spoken words", and "all men have not the
same writing." In A.D. 120 Suetonius Tranquillus described
in a book on the Caesars, a peculiarity in the handwriting
of Octavius Augustus was so economical "he squeezes
his words together at the end of one line rather than
start a new line."
The ancient Chinese apparently had insight into the
psychology of handwriting. King Jo-Hau, a philosopher
and painter of the Sung Period who lived between 1060
and 1110 A.D., declared that "handwriting infallibly
shows us whether it comes from a vulgar or a noble minded
It is not widely known that Edgar Allen Poe, analyzed
handwriting and published his analysis coining the term
"autographery." Robert & Elizabeth Barrett Browning
wrote, "Dark Words on White Paper Bare the Soul."
German statesman Prince Otto Edward Leopold von Bismarck
united Germany around 1842. He felt his handwriting
exemplified and should represent the German people.
He proclaimed that every German citizen should model
their handwriting after his…. the von Bismarck method.
Henceforth, the German population instilled in their
personalities his personality traits of belligerence,
determination (stubbornness), antagonism, feelings of
superiority, aloofness and being stern.
In 1915, Dr. M. N. Bunker began his studies in handwriting
analysis and formed the International Graphoanalysis
Society (IGAS.) This was the first established school
for handwriting analysis in the United States.