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Sex, Lies, and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting Paperback – Jul 22 2008
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Michelle Dresbold, a graduate of the United States Secret Service's Advanced Document Examination training program, is considered one of the top experts in the nation on handwriting identification, personality profiling, and threat analysis. She consults to private attorneys, police departments, and prosecutors throughout the United States. Dresbold writes a syndicated column, "The Handwriting Doctor." She is also an accomplished artist. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information visit MichelleDresbold.com
James Kwalwasser is the cocreator and editor of "The Handwriting Doctor" syndicated column. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
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I say this because if you really want to enter the world of graphology and/or handwriting analysis, you need authors who have studied as a team player and from good sources to learn the right way. It is very hard to be any good if you learned from theories that were never streamlined or just interpretations concocted by an author. Unfortunately, some authors proclaim they have "the only book you will ever need," and this is so not true. This is a science and an on-going education. So, whether you are moderately interested in graphology and/or handwriting analysis, or want to be a master someday - this is a great book to have in your collection.
When this author makes statements she usually explains "why" she came to that conclusion, which also helps you learn. So, she teaches horizontally, not vertically. Meaning the author speaks to you and not at you. She is also a great writer and keeps your attention throughout the entire book and not just parts.
The amount of time she spent on each story really floored me. The author made sure she knew what she was talking about when it came to all the high profile cases and material, and she has more stats and real images pertaining to them, than I have seen in my own studies and writing. I attribute that to the fact her education is as "inside" as it can get. By that I mean her education in part by the government. Obviously they can use real evidence when teaching and have access to some evidentary items or theories not always available to the general public, (moi).
Trying not to be a spoiler, she proved me wrong in my own book - regarding the Ramsey note - I felt the writer was foreign because the characters seemed written from right to left. It never occurred to me a person could just switch to their non-dominate hand and write away. Again, she had access to a lot more information than I ever did, and every time I was sure she was wrong - as I read on, she was correct and full of documentation to support her final conclusion on every item.
If you want a real page turner where you also learn as you go - her book is a great one ! Just remember one tendency may be cancelled out by another tendency, most evaluations should be done as a "whole" and with several samples, so be very well educated before you start figuring someone is Satan incarnate or a real Mother Theresa.
And are they guilty? Yes, they all are. That's why you should beware--after you read this book, you're not going to have any skills of analyzing normal people's handwriting, but you will know how to analyze a killer's handwriting. For a couple days after reading this book, I would grab people's handwriting, suspiciously eye them and their handwriting, and then after a few minutes of staring them down, say, 'okay, you're safe.' I'd recommend another, more boring book on handwriting analysis right after you finish this book, to balance you out. Beware, and don't just read this one book.
This book is really only 1/3rd handwriting analysis, and 2/3rds whodunit mystery book. That's why it's a great introductory book on handwriting analysis is that it's a fun, quick read that educates you at the same time it entertains you. If you're looking for boring textbook, pick another book.
I've wanted to learn about graphology for a long time, but the other books just seemed so boring, and I never made it past the first chapter. Thanks to Ms. Dresbold for writing a handwriting analysis book that everyone can enjoy, and read quickly!
+Awesome first book on handwriting analysis
+Makes handwriting analysis fun and exciting
+You can read straight through this book and learn while you're entertained, without having to do any boring exercises.
-Mainly centers on the handwriting of criminals, so it might make you suspicious of everyone, including normal people.
-Talks a lot about murderers, so it might be a little dark if you're not used to watching things like CSI
-Isn't very in depth, but it will make you excited enough about handwriting analysis that you'll be excited to read another more in-depth book.
It was almost more of a look at what graphology can do rather than a useful tool for learning it. There were plenty of true crime cases and the handwriting profiles that went with them. However, it always seemed to me that hindsight prevailed in these profiles, even though a few times she mentions that no prior knowledge is needed or is better that you don't have any. Many times the author came off as more of a braggart, seemingly using her book as a solicitation for new clients rather than a guide to spark interest in the public about the field.
Also, in every example given, only the highlighted topic for that section was pointed out in the handwriting sample. I would have liked to see all the traits of the sample pointed out. And depending on what page you were on, the translation of a trait would mean something totally different from sample to sample even though the trait stayed the same. I'm sure it's all part of the art of translation, but for learning purposes made it very difficult to pinpoint what to look for and how to interpret it.
Overall, it was insightful into how it can be used in solving crimes and other tasks, but jumpy in lesson topics and lacking in full explanations.
If looking for an actual textbook type that's easy to read AND learn I highly reccommend
1. "Handwriting Analysis; Putting It to Work for You" by Andrea McNichol
Handwriting Analysis : Putting It to Work for You
2. "Handwriting Analysis: A Complete Self-Teaching Guide" by Scott P. Hollander (also listed in places as P. Scott Hollander)
Handwriting Analysis: A Complete Self-teaching Guide
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