Graphotherapy is a form of psychotherapy, which is popular across the world. In
India it has deeper roots as it is viewed to be connected to the ancient Indian
system of behavior analysis and behavior influencing and behavior improvement.
Handwriting is directly connected to the workings of the conscious and
subconscious brain. When we change our handwriting, we send reverse impulses
to the brain which sets in place a new neural pathway.
The act of writing is therapeutic. Through writing “we exteriorize in words”, thoughts, wishes and emotions, which we “liberate” by expressing them in the sheet of paper. We heal emotional wounds and we channel resentment. This action is as healing as, or more, than the spoken word.
The act of writing is therapeutic. Through writing we “liberate” our thoughts, wishes and emotions by expressing them on a sheet of a paper. As we learn the connections of the handwriting and the subconscious mind, we get control of the unknown and as we make conscious changes we heal emotional wounds, channel our resentment and cure the subconscious. This action is more cathartic than the spoken word.
An off-shoot of graphology that involves the analysis of one’s handwriting, graphotherapy uses the principle of reverse psychology to fill gaps in one’s personality.
Graphotherapy is very useful for children in the formative age. Through
graphotherapy, unexpressed issues in a child’s mind come to the fore. It’s more
effective with children because their minds are without reservations.
Recent neurological research demonstrates that the learning process of reading
and writing produces structural changes in the brain, which increment the density
of the white and grey matter.
Through handwriting analysis, it is possible to deduce people’s states of mind, their character, temper, skills, emotions and even their physiology and health level.
The process of writing is established through a
nervous circuit initiated in the left hemisphere of
the brain, which sends sensorimotor signals to
the hand, which executes the orders it transmits.
Before starting with Graphotherapy, it is
essential to carry out an exhaustive analysis of
the writing in question and the strokes that are
part of it.
It is possible to apply the inverted path. Acting on the brain mechanisms and revert the process of writing, modifying our customs, until they become habits, changing the information in our mind.
Research on certain neurological mechanisms carried out by American scientist Eric
Richard Kandel, born in Vienna, 1929, have been revealing for Graphotherapy
fundamentals. Neuronal connections are not immutable, as we used to believe.
Scientific works by Eric Kandel related mainly to the study of learning and memory
processes, considering the so called neuronal plasticity reflect this. Kandel
emphasized the difference between neuronal plasticity and neuronal elasticity.
Neuronal elasticityimplies a temporary change that goes back to the original shape
when the cause that produces it is interrupted. When stimulus is applied there is no
change. (In this case the stimulus is the repetition of written strokes in a methodical
Neuronal plasticityimplies a permanent change, despite the interruption of the cause. The stimulus is interrupted, but the change remains. It is the existence of a cause (learning of new ways of writing), which produces a change, whose improvement tends to last over time (memory).
Sigmund Freud incorporates the idea of plasticity in learning and memory mechanisms. “Experiences leave marks”. This is the basis of psychoanalysis. Due to the law of reversibility, when modifying strokes through repeated graphical exercise, change in behavior is favored, since the path from the brain to the sheet of paper is reversible.
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