Handwriting analysis which is also known as Graphology is a term that is usually misunderstood. Perhaps that is because there are two different kinds of Handwriting analysts, who each study

handwriting by entirely different methodologies and for different purposes.

The first group of handwriting analysts call themselves "questioned document examiners" or "forensic document examiners" who engage in the comparison of handwritings for the purpose of determining whether a questioned writing of unknown origin was authored by a person whose known writings are available as "examplars.

The second form of "Handwriting analysis" has little to do with "identification" and the determination of common authorship, but instead deals with the study of handwriting to discover the character traits of the writer. Generically, Handwriting analysts who fall into this category are more accurately described as "Graphologists."

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