What it takes to be a graphologist

A graphologist can become an Expert thanks to his great knowledge of handwriting. It is a profession for which practical experience counts a lot, because each handwriting is particular, and you can learn from each one of them.


What is the role of the graphologist ? How does one become a Graphologist Expert?


Portrait of an Expert


The undersigned Expert has studied approximately more than 11,000 types of handwriting todate in over than 40 years of professional activity. Furthermore, he has been called upon as an Expert in numerous court cases, some of which have hit the headlines…


The training and experience of a graphologist


The profession of graphologist thus begins with a serious education that enables him to recognize at least 160 graphic signs divided into 7 categories, which constitute his knowledge of the most frequent graphic signs’ diversity and enables him to identify dominant characters. For this purpose, it is also essential to learn characterology in order to attribute to each graphic aspect a psychological quality or in the contrary, an emotional, intellectual, sensory or even physical trouble.


The graphologist’s work, at the heart of decision-making

This knowledge of the writer’s intimacy to manuscript takes years before the graphologist can claim that he is able to advise a bank manager during the process of selecting their future team, the owner of a small factory who is trying to recruit his children, or even to define whether or not a cheque has been forged in front of the security guards of a casino.


It is even more difficult to recognize morality and the ethical level of people who should be in charge of a medical or psychiatric department of a large university hospital in a big city thanks to  their writing. 


Step by step, the graphologist could also be approached by the courts, and be recognized as a “legal Expert”. He will then act as an auxiliary of justice, sometimes enabling the parties to discover the truth on a will that has been signed under coercion in order to take advantage of the legacy.


The graphologist’s work is sometimes extremely complicated, but enables him to discern in which state of mind a will has been written. Therefore, serious psychological and grapho-pathological knowledge is mandatory in order to serve the legal system and justice.


Most of the time, the graphologist is asked to identify forgeries in the titles in order to determine whether the signature of a contract has been falsified, or elucidate between several persons suspected who wrote the manuscript. He can also define the date of a signature by analysing its evolution over the years given that handwriting evolves during one’s life. The graphologist can also recognize when a writing has been made under threats, blackmail or psychological pressure of any kind, as well as a hand assisted by a third party.


The graphologist can also define in which emotional state a person was at a particular moment, while this person was writing. For example, he might discover that a person claiming to have been raped has a very calm and placid handwriting only one hour after the alleged act. He often has to assess the mental health and the discernment capacity of the writer at the time of writing (memory disorders, loss of reference points in space, alcohol influence, drug depression, etc.). Finally, his capabilities include the detection of people who forge their own signature to make believe that a third party has imitated them.


The graphologist can also identify the author of an anonymous document by observing the major character traits, and thus direct the research, with the addition of other clues.

Therefore, handwriting analysis and legal expertise both require in-depth studies, in-depth knowledge and a confirmed experience in view of the heavy responsibilities involved. 


The Issue of Self-proclaimed Experts


We are experiencing a very special period, where we are witnessing a semantic leveling of the term “Expert” especially because of the digital spread of information. The increase of self-proclaimed Experts had become a common phenomenon, as well as the recognition of oversized egos. The mechanism is very simple. Those self-proclaimed Experts pick two or three subjects, which are the result of authentic researchers performed in their expertise fields. The self-proclaimed Expert will therefore only have a basic understanding of the field he has briefly studied. It sounds like the jay that arrayed itself with peacock feathers in the fable by La Fontaine.



An authentic Expert begins by professionally learning a specialty. This acquired specialty allows him to exercise a profession which also allows him to compare his own experiences as to his specialty precisely in the field where he practices. This is how he will become a full-fledged professional, that is to say someone capable of retransmitting not only what he learned at school, but also what enriched him in the exercise of his profession.


About 20 or 30 years later, these masters in the field are so recognized by society that an Expert in the field is born, consecration of an recognition of exceptional quality of science, art, or technique that he now masters better than anyone else.Experts Without Borders, World Federation of Experts, fully subscribes to this approach of experience recognition, updating of continuous knowledge, and suitable selection criteria. Experts Without Borders aims to raise the status and recognition of Experts internationally. 

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Maxence Brulard

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