About Fiona MacKay Young
local in Victoria, BC, Canada
I grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, emigrated to Canada shortly after getting married, and brought up our three sons as we moved around from place to place through company transfers.
During this time I discovered Handwriting Analysis.
I was just browsing through the library one day, looking for nothing in particular, and came across a book on Handwriting Analysis.Â I checked it out and spent all my free time in the next couple of weeks analyzing every scrap of writing I could find, as I worked my way through the how-toâ€™s of graphology.
I was hooked.
At the back of the book I found information about how to train as a certified handwriting analyst, and signed up.Â This was before the days of the Internet (the mid-80s) so it was all done my snail-mail correspondence from the International Graphoanalysis Society, at that time based in Chicago.
I loved every minute. I was so enthusiastic about it, I told everyone I knew about it.
I can remember being at a barbecue, as part of an industry convention, and effusing enough about it that I had people ripping up the paper tablecloths to write on, so I could analyze their writing.Â I can remember saying to someone â€œThis wonâ€™t be very good â€“ Iâ€™m only on lesson 1.â€
But 19 months later I had finished the course and could do considerably more.
However Handwriting Analysis is one of these things that you donâ€™t just learn once.Â You learn the basics then you keep on learning for ever.Â I am still reading every thing I can put my hands on, on the subject.
Over the past 25 years I have had the pleasure and the privilege of using this skill in a wide variety of situations.
The very first class I taught, I was so nervous I could hear my voice shaking. But the small group of 4 business people in the class were very kind and appreciative, so I just kept on going, and over the years I have taught, I imagine, hundreds of classes in Handwriting Analysis.
Also shortly after graduating as a certified graphologist, I found myself on the organizing committee of another business conference and was asked if I would speak as part of the womenâ€™s program, as a change from the usual fashion shows etc.Â I said â€œyesâ€ without really thinking about it.Â At that point, small classes of up to 8 were my largest audience.
The day came and I stood up in front of 200 unknown faces.Â As I clung to the lectern for support, I wondered why on earth I had let myself in for this!Â However, inspiration struck as I heard laughter from the room next door, where the menâ€™s program was underway. At this point I had not begun my talk, all I had done was walk up and stand at the podium.
I said â€œThatâ€™s your husbands through there.Â We canâ€™t let them think they are having a better time than us.Â I want you to clap, and laugh to let them know youâ€™re enjoying yourselves!â€
Some clapping and laughing followed.Â Then the men next door laughed even louder.
â€œThatâ€™s not good enoughâ€ I said â€œI want you to give me a standing ovation.Â I want you to stand up, clap, cheer, laugh, stamp your feet, and make as much noise as possible.â€Â (Quite a risk to take â€“ what if they hadnâ€™t done it!)
They did it, and by the time everyone sat down again they were genuinely laughing, people had met their neighbors and there was a general upbeat feeling in the room.
I decided â€œhey, this isnâ€™t so bad!â€ got on with my talk and have thoroughly enjoyed public speaking ever since.
One of my early individual clients was a private investigator.
If you are old enough, or have seen enough re-runs, to remember the TV PI Columbo, played by Peter Falk, that was who my client reminded me of.Â He didnâ€™t have the glass eye, but the rest he had down pat.
He phoned me up from what was obviously a pay-phone, and arranged to come over.Â When he arrived, he slunk in the door, shabby raincoat and all.Â Handed me two samples of handwriting, told me what he wanted to know about them, set up a time to come back and left. I was not allowed to have any contact information for him.Â He would contact me!
At the set time, he reappeared, slunk in the door as before, took my report, paid me in greasy, used bank notes, and left.
I decided that, entertaining as he had been as an individual, this really wasnâ€™t much fun from an analysis perspective.Â I had no idea what the case was, or what happened as a result of my report.Â I did do a couple more â€œjobsâ€ for him, but they were definitely not my favorite projects.
I have also at times worked with the police, insurance investigators, on suspected forgeries, with coupleâ€™s experiences problems, with parents wanting some ideas for possible career paths to suggest to their kids â€“ and sometimes with the kids themselves, with people interested in personal development and self growth, with people who want to change something about themselves.Â I have helped people better understand themselves and those in their lives.
And Iâ€™ve had a lot of fun â€“ and brought laughter and fun to a great many people (so Iâ€™m told) through presentations, workshops and parties.Â No matter how serious a subject, there is always time to laugh and have fun.
I found as I taught classes, and prepared reports for people that I was developing a great interest in handwriting as a tool in career choice and hiring decisions.Â I worked both with career changers, and with employers.
I read up as much as I could on both of these subjects.Â Â Then a friend told me about a course just starting at our local university to train suitable applicants to become Career Counselors.Â I wasnâ€™t sure it was for me, but I applied, interviewed and was accepted into the course, primarily because of my work in career using handwriting analysis.
I loved it, and once I finished the course, after a few diversions were put out of the way, I started work as a bona fide career counsellor, helping job seekers plan their careers through more conventional means, but always throwing in a mini-handwriting analysis on the day we did personality assessments.
And to this day, I have continued to do much of the same, with additional enjoyment of getting online with websites and blogs, writing e-books and all the fun stuff that has come, and of course is constantly evolving, with the Internet.
I now live on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada, which I absolutely love.
I work in the Employment field as a career counsellor/ coach, and I work as a handwriting analyst.Â I speak at groups of all sizes, from small private parties, to large conferences and conventions.
I write How-to Books on various applications for Handwriting Analysis and sell them from my websites, in when speak in public, including relationships, career choice, hiring decisions, goal setting and success, and analyzing signatures.. to mention but a few.
I also help employers avoid the clichÃ©d situation of promoting someone to the â€œlevel of their incompetenceâ€ by looking at the handwriting of a present employee to see if they are well suited to the potential new job, or whether they would be better suited in a different position.
I even teamed up with a wonderful woman I met over the Internet, who is marvellous cook who has for many years written recipes and food columns for newspapers and magazines in California.Â Together we created a book that shows you how to identify personality traits from handwriting, and then gives you a delicious recipe just especially for that personality type.Â It was a fun project to do, is a very unique concept, lots of fun to use or a great gift to give.Â Barbara Lawrenceâ€™s recipes are to die for!Â As I write this, Barbara and I are planning another book together.
My goal both with this blog and with my other websites is to show anyone practical uses for handwriting analysis.
So many people are fascinated when they hear what I do, but they can see no practical use for it.
But there are so many practical uses for it.
You can of course become a certified handwriting analyst yourself, but even without going that far, there are so many helpful and enlightening uses for it that you can do yourself with just short book to help you.
This blog has many useful articles to help you apply the fascinating science ofÂ handwriting analysis practically and effectively to your every day life.
To contact me, pleaseÂ use the contact form on the right of the screen.