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Lying proves no match for the penmanship test

By Brittany Oxley
On February 15, 2012

"Everybody lies!" exclaimed Jim Carrey in the 1997 comedy Liar Liar. Unfortunate as that is, he was completely right. People in relationships lie to each other, kids lie to their parents, and as surprising as this might be, students even lie to their teachers.

    However, all of the "good liars" may not be as invincible as they believe they are. This is because no matter how good of a liar someone is, their subconscious reveals when they are lying the second they write something down.

   Handwriting not only reveals whether a person is lying or not, but also can reveal how a person is feeling or what their personality is like.

   According to researchers at Haifa University, "Physical properties of a person's handwriting can point to whether he or she is dishonest or not."

   Analyzing a person's handwriting is called graphology. Graphology is about 90 percent accurate, and the few who study it have to study for years to detect every detail of the human subconscious in a person's handwriting.

   However, there are a few basic tricks that can help you decide whether someone is lying or not when they write something down. 

   The first basic step to detect lying in someone's handwriting is to check the spaces between words in a person's script or print, and the spaces between letters in a person's print. When a person has large spaces between their words or letters, it is one sign that they have been hiding something.

   The second step is to analyze whether the last letter in a person's words touches other letters or curves upwards. When a person does this, it means that they are feeling defensive about something that they have been thinking about.

   The third step is to see how a person's signature compares to their print. A person's signature portrays what the writer wants people to think about them. When a person prints, however, it shows who they truly are.

   Lastly, be sure to check a person's handwriting when they write straight down. An example of this would be how a person writes the  lower case letter "l." If a person is feeling guilty or bitter about something, the end of that straight-line slope will curve upwards. The higher the curve, the guiltier the writer is feeling about something.    

   According to researcher Gil Luria, "Lying requires more cognitive resources than being truthful. You need to invent a story, make sure not to contradict yourself. Any task done simultaneously, therefore, becomes less automatic."

   So next time you believe that someone you know is lying, be sure to take a little peek at what their handwriting looks like. People are not always as good at lying as they would like to think.


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