Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: David J. DeWitt, GA
Publisher: Outskirts Press
“Essentially, handwriting is a graphic road map of our mind. It is known as “Brain Writing,” and reveals who we are, how we think how we feel about ourselves and how this feeling affects our behavior toward those around us,” David J. DeWitt writes in his book, Handwriting Analysis: Discover Your Own Vocational/Career Potential.
At one hundred and forty-eight pages, this over-sized paperback targets those interested in learning more about themselves and others through handwriting, especially as it relates to a career or vocation choices. Written more as a textbook on letter-sized paper, often the bottom half of the pages are blank, presumably for notes or personal analysis. A bibliography and index complete the book.
DeWitt, a professional and certified graphologist, understands the ins and outs of writing, having eight years of research to help high school and college-aged individuals choose their careers. With examples, charts, and black and white drawings, he promotes his “Graphoanalysis” personality test to match specific personality types to occupations.
Meant for the reader seeking to understand his or her writing traits, the first chapter suggests writing a two sentence paragraph that will be used throughout the book for determining specific qualities. The next two chapters contain frequently asked questions regarding graphology: what it is, how it is used, how it determines a career, if a signature alone can be analyzed, how health problems play a part in writing, and why use personality to choose a career.
Chapters four and five involve discovering one’s personality and the six vocational types of being realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional with basic nature, likes, and vocations listed in each.
The sixth through eighth chapters are most helpful, offering examples of how to determine emotions and personality. From slant measurements, rounded or skinny letters, crossing ts, and looping, cumulative, investigative, exploratory, and comprehensive thinking can be determined. Trait examples list definitions, positive and negative features, writing indicators, and short one to five word illustrations.
Chapter nine contains samples of vocational worksheets on the trait types along with two columns to add the reader’s writing synopsis while chapter ten offers warning signs of potential dishonesty. The final section is a reminder that graphology does not determine the future; it is a good tool to use when choosing a career.
For a young person seeking what career to explore or an older adult looking for a change in vocation, this collection may help decide. With plenty of blank areas among the pages, the book could be condensed or include lined areas for analyzing readers’ writing.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.