GraphoTherapy is one of the easiest ways to change a bad habit and become a better person.
For many hundreds of years society has recognized the fact that the handwriting and the signature of a human being is something unmistakable, unique, personal and individual. A person’s handwriting is really a part of himself; it becomes a habit, a second nature. This is why individuals are, and have to be, themselves when they write.
GraphoTherapy For Children
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.
Scientific Basis of GraphoTherapy
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 way).
Neuronal plasticity implies 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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How Does GraphoTherapy Work ?
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.
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.