What is Grapho-Therapy and how does it work?

Change you Handwriting, Change your Life

In a nutshell, Grapho-Therapy is based on the principle that body language and behavior affect your personality just as your personality affects your body language and your behavior. It’s a two way street.

Have you ever heard of the concept that if you are feeling down, if you go around giving everyone a big smile, you will start to feel better? Even if you just smile at yourself in a mirror, it works.


A smile is body language.  And it affects how you feel. And anything you do on a temporary basis, such as smiling, will become part of your personality if you do it continuously. And if you do it continuously both the body language (of, in this case, smiling) and the subsequent feeling of being uplifted, of joy, or happiness, will also become part of your personality.

So it is with your writing. Your writing is also body language, and how you write affects how you feel. Over time, your writing style permanently affects your personality.

And just like with the smile, you don’t have to do it all day long. Just a few minutes a day to start with and then just a few minutes a couple of times a week or even a month, will keep whatever you have introduced to or eliminated from your personality just how you want it to be.


So you want

  • higher goals,
  • to be more loving,
  • to be more organized,
  • to show emotion more or less,
  • to become less sensitive to criticism,
  • to be more outgoing …

the list continues… all it takes is to put the necessary strokes into your handwriting (or eliminate negative ones), practice till it becomes  you natural way of writing, and by that time it’s also part of your natural behavior. This usually takes about three weeks, but may take longer if you either only practice occasionally or if it’s a particularly strong trait you are trying to budge.

The added benefit of making changes this way is that if you start to drift back into your previous mind-set/ behavior, it will show in your writing before it shows in your behavior, giving you advance warning, so you can then work on your writing again to put it back where you want it.


Grapho-therapy is completely safe and can be used to complement any other form of therapy or methods of changing aspects of your personality.

Best results are gained from changing only one stroke at a time. One stroke may just be one personality trait, but it may also cover a great many. For example, the t-bar can give you

  • high goals,
  • good starting power,
  • clear direction,
  • optimism,
  • enthusiasm and
  • tenacity.

All in one stroke. And since it is just one stroke they can all be added at the same time. And by doing this stroke, if you previously suffered from

  • a temper,
  • procrastination or
  • domineering behavior

you will also be removing them at the same time. All from  just changing you t-bar!

Not all strokes involve multiple traits like the t-bar, but several can change more than one at a time.

Added benefit and faster results can be gained from journaling by hand. If you journal, writing by hand, about the changes you are making and how you feel about them at the same time as practicing the new stroke/s, this will enhance the change, as you are focusing on the meaning of it as you write, and of course, you are also writing so practicing your new stroke/s as you go.


Here is just one trait to try out. Make all your lower extenders long.  A lower extender is the tail of the ‘g’, ‘f’, ‘j’ or ‘y’. The longer you make them the more enduring your determination. And make them straight.  That is keeping on track with your determination, not allowing yourself to get detoured.  You can finish with a loop, curve or just end bluntly at the end of the straight downstroke. For this trait whether or not there is a loop doesn’t matter, it’s only the downward stroke that counts.

Keep practicing that until it’s your normal writing style and you’ll find yourself with longer lasting, more enduring determination to do whatever it is you want to do.

change your writing change your life

Fiona MacKay Young
Certified Handwriting Analyst/ Grapho-therapist

Investigative-Analytical and Temper

Investigative-Analytical and Temper

Investigative-Analytical and Temper

Investigative-Analytical and Temper sometimes to together. Sometimes they don’t.

Someone who is investigative and analytical likes to dig for information, then sift through it to decide on what is valuable and what is not. This is a positive trait and very useful both in personal life and in many occupations.

Investigative shows where the tops of m, n and h are sharp inverted V shaped angles. Analytical shows where, at the baseline of the writing, in m, n, h and  any other letters, a sharp V formation is made at the bottom of the letters or in the connecting strokes between letters.

investigative analytical writing

But not all investigative-analytical thinkers are cool, calm and collected all the time. Some have the trait of temper. So what happens when the investigative analytical thinker gets mad?

Basically the knife edge sharpens. By the knife edge I am referring to the sharp angles that illustrate investigative and analytical thinking. When this writer loses his or her temper, the positive qualities of their basic way of thinking, is increased and can become very negative.

To imagine such a writer and an investigative analytical writer writing something when they are blazing angry would be to see the tops and bottoms of m, n and h even sharper. The behavior associated with this would be digging up of any fact that would fuel their fury, even things they would otherwise leave untouched in the interests of getting along with others.

The analytical ability would turn to cutting criticism as they sifted through information for facts to support their stance.

These writers are often direct and blunt as well. Directness is a good thinking mechanism as it clears out all unnecessary information and leaves what it relevant clearly visible. But the negative aspect of it is that the writer will be cuttingly blunt, hurting others feelings and often saying what most people would consider should not be said.

Directness or bluntness shows where the writer starts right into the letter, with no lead in stroke.

direct blunt

Writers with accumulative thinking, when they get mad, they may find they are writing with a few more angles in their writing than usual, as they harness what investigative analytical ability they do have, in response to their feelings of anger and wanted to express it effectively.

Accumulative thinking shows where the tops of m, n and h are curved, not pointed.

accumulative writing

So, in conclusion, do investigative-analytical and temper necessarily go together? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

The sharp points, which indicate investigative and analytical thinking, do not in themselves mean temper, and some very even tempered people have this style of writing.

However, when the writer is angry, these traits will become heightened as they are used to express anger and to win the argument if there is one. Writing done when angry will much more often show investigative analytical than writing by the same person when calm.

The angry writer is also likely to show various jabs, for i dots, commas, periods etc. The entire writing will show symptoms of the anger, not just the sharp pointed m. n and h.

So when you see sharp points on writing, do not assume this person is angry or inclined to become angry.  It is certainly not necessarily the case. They may just be people who like to dig out facts and think things through.

But if you see it in combination with obvious anger (temper, irritability, sarcasm, domineering etc) then watch out!

Fiona MacKay Young

Body Language and how it shows in your handwriting

Body Language

Body Language is the study of movement

When someone smiles or laughs you assume they are happy or amused unless their face shows that they are faking it. Either way, you are interpreting what you see, the body language the person is exhibiting.

When someone has bangs doors and thumps the table with their fist, you read the body language and usually, unless there is more body language indicating something else, you assume they are angry.

We all do it. It is natural to us to read body language. Of course, police and psychologists learn more about body language and so are better at picking up the clues from it.

Likewise, when you hold a pen and write, you are exhibiting body language. If you are angry at that time the way you hold and move the pen will differ from if you are relaxed and happy. And so too, the writing that you make will be different at these different times.

The special thing about the body language of writing is that it leaves a mark of how the body moved as the ink makes lines on the page. So when you write when you are blazing mad and when you write when you are calm and relaxed, the lines, or writing on the page will be different.


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Top Ten Qualities Employers Want and how to recognize them in writing

Top Ten Qualities Employers Want 

Top Ten Qualities Employers Want

A look at the Top Ten Qualities Employers Want: the traits most in demand with Employers, and how to identify them from your handwriting. Continue reading

The Top 10 Success & Achievement Traits

 The Top 10 Success & Achievement Traits

Here are the Top 10 Success & Achievement Traits and how to identify them from Handwriting.

We all read body language instinctively.

Only 7% of our understanding actually comes from the words a person says.
So body language plays a large part in our spoken communication process.

No less so in written communication.

Handwriting is a form of body language.
We all form an impression of the writer instinctively, when we look at the written word.
By studying handwriting in depth, the entire personality is revealed.

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Change your life, be all you can be by changing your handwriting.

Change your life, be all you can be by changing your handwriting.

Change your life: Be all you can be

Yes, it works.

You can change your life by changing your writing.

Personal Development using Handwriting, or Graphotherapy, involves changing your writing to change character traits.

  • It is a unique, but extremely effective way of realizing your potential.
  • You can improve your life with this self-help tool which is readily available at no cost to you: your handwriting.
  • You can change characteristics and personality traits by changing your writing.

Are you scoffing at the thought of your handwriting’s ability to change your life?

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What does Handwriting Analysis DO?

What does Handwriting Analysis DO?

So it’s all very interesting to say I am a Handwriting Analyst, but what does Handwriting Analysis DO?

how_can_this_be_a_jobThere are two main ways of using handwriting analysis.

  1. To identify personality traits (Personality) and put together a complete picture of the person
  2. To identify if two or more writing samples were written by the same person (Forgery Analysis)

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The Benefits of Writing by Hand

The benefits of writing by handThe Benefits of Writing by Hand

There are many benefits of writing by hand: it is more therapeutic than typing by any method (regular keyboard, thumbing on a phone, or using a touch screen pad), it is also more relaxing. It can be an excellent late evening activity to relax you before you go to bed.

If you have problems on your mind, it is well known that is you pose these problems to your brain just before you go to sleep you have a very good chance of waking up the next morning with a solution.

By writing these problems out in your journal just before you go to bed, you are relaxing in the writing exercise, you are keeping your focus on one thing, which is also relaxing to the brain (stops the wjhirring) and at the same time, you are giving your brain food for night time thinking.

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