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

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

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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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Ending your Signature with a Period

Ending your signature with a periodEnding your Signature with a Period.

“Why do I end my signature with a period?” I am often asked.

The answer, short and simple, is that you wish to indicate it is ended – you have said what you have said and that is it!

End of conversation.

So since the topic is brief, so is this post.

I have said what I have said, and that is that.

Fiona. (note the period after my name!!)


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Fiona MacKay Young

Your Handwriting tells how you will act in a Crisis

Your Handwriting tells how you will act in a Crisis

So how is it that your handwriting tells how you act in a crisis or handle an emergency situation?

And what use is that anyway?

To answer the second question first: by understanding both your own and others natural response to crises you can be better prepared for both the event and the response.

For example, someone who writes with a far forward slant gets very emotionally involved very quickly. Continue reading

Aggressive, Assertive or Passive: Your Writing Tells.

Have you ever considered that your writing will show how aggressive,  assertive or passive you are?

Aggressive, Assertive or Passive: Your Writing Tells.

Aggressive, Assertive or Passive: Your Writing Tells. Your handwriting is body language, and just as your other body language will show whether you are aggressive, assertive or passive, so will your writing.

The other bonus from identifying it from writing is that if you don’t like which you are, you can change it by changing your writing.

So how do Aggressive, Assertive and Passive show in your writing?

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