Graphology is a branch of psychology. It offers the possibility of identifying personality dynamics. Handwriting analysis is an excellent diagnostic tool by which behavioral patterns and tendencies and much more can be detected and identified
The slants in handwriting are easy to review by the layman. They give initial yet important understanding as to parental affiliation and identification but also as to social attitude. We will discuss here as follows, the matter of the slants as a reliable source of understanding "who is the parent, the writer identifies with" The following information is useful for psychologists and counselors as well as for the reader. It is also pertinent to personnel screening but this shall not be dealt with here.
The general population can be divided into 4 groups of writing slants:
Right / upright / left. The rest, a small percentage, writes with changing slants, either rapidly changing within a given script, or changing from one document to another.
The slant shows who is the parental figure / care taker or role model, the writer identifies with. This has shown over many years of experience to be very accurate though there are always subjects who when questioned, will not answer in the affirmative according to their slant. Still oftentimes, upon deeper investigation and promotion of self awareness they might agree with the model of the slants as it applies to them.
Here is some information on some characteristics of the 4 options of slants:
Right slant: Most of those who write with right slant are persons who are emotional rather then rational or have a combination of rational and emotional thinking modes. They are those who identify with their father figure. The father might be a source of identification, pride or love or admiration. Not always all together. The father being a main role model for the son or daughter during childhood.
Left slant: Most writers who write with left slant, are persons who were emotional, sometimes even highly emotional during childhood (natural characteristic) but due to trauma and/or childhood difficulties of all sorts and difficulty to adapt, switched (unconsciously, without awareness) into a more rational mode of thinking, suppressing their emotional issues and avoided dealing with them. They say "no" to the father figure for any possible reason (a weak father, a too stern father, no father at home) and identify with the mother figure (out of love or of identifying with her strength, a strength which might be masked at time). saying nay to the father figure results often in saying nay to authoritative figures in adulthood.
Upright slant: persons writing with upright / straight upright slant are those that do not identify with any of their parent/s. Their thinking mode is rational; the role of emotional urges / affects is diminished, though in still in existence to a lesser or greater degree. The cause of this is an inability to identify, admire and find parents "good enough" to be used as role models. Because of that, their emotional function is poorer or depleted; but their way of dealing with the world and reality is more independent and rational.
The forth group can be parted into two groups:
Interchangeable slants: The writer has his letters change quickly between right, upright and left and vice versa during the writing process. This happens often times when the writer has parents who are both dominant, but are not on good terms with each other and who might be divorced. The child / adolescent are unable to decide with which parental figure to form an alliance. Again this is not a conscious process. It also shows a wish to adapt at all costs to changing situations.
A very small group shows the ability to write one document using right slant and in left in another during a same session or in different times. This has deep psychological roots and shows usually a troubled person whose inner rift might cause untoward behavior (inner irreconcilable conflicts).