The written message was created as a means of long lasting communication among persons; through the use of graphic symbols, writing allows the expression and conservation of ideas, taking up also the universally known role of communicative vector.
In reality, any written message bears embedded a wealth of precious additional information, data and directions of great value that usually remain unperceived by the ordinary reader. It is the task of the handwriting specialist to examine the document in depth, to fathom and let surface all the descriptive elements which are non-patent and still underlie the tip of the informative iceberg.
The in-depth examination of a script, carried out through the sifting of data derived from varied angles of study (see end of page), definitely offers a picture rich in useful information - with many possibilities of use depending on the actual needs; for instance:
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All this is made possible since handwriting is the final product of a complex act, to the making of which several elements concur: in the beginning there is a series of brain-commanded nervous impulses; these signals are transferred (by the mechanisms of human physiology) along the arm, the forearm and the hand, to finally reach the fingers - where they get translated into symbols thanks to the previous learning and use of an alphabet. This path gets crossed and modulated by important factors such as the emotional sensitivity of the writer, his own overall psychological organisation, the more or less frequent habit of resorting to handwriting as a communication means, the cultural influences, the state of health.
Because of its own nature - that of a complex neurological, psychological and motor act - handwriting is not the mere sequential addition of several alphabetic symbols, but it is the expression (the ultimate result) of an absolutely peculiar phenomenon which is also characteristic of every single individual: each of us - born with a specific genetic code, accustomed to the use of the pen by a particular school training, grown up through matchless personal experiences, moulded in one's own singularity through a peculiar path of evolution - ends up by developing unawares one's own typical and unique way of writing (or of signing).
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As it happens for every human symbolic expression, in handwriting too one can retrieve (under the most patent communicative lines) vital data useful to compose a wider, deeper picture; once these fleeting elements are brought to light and decoded by the specialist, they allow the arrangement of a much more informative portrait, something by far more descriptive and telling than the originally superficial message at its face value.
Thus, the thorough analysis of a script through a multifaceted approach can supply excellent information with regards to: