Whether you have heard about handwriting analysis on the television, read about it in a book, or found other web sites, it's likely that the handwriting analysis term used was Graphology, which was coined in 1875 by a Frenchman called Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon. The word actually comes from two Greek words - graphein, to write and logos, account.
Abbé’s methods of handwriting analysis were simple, and created interest amongst the Victorians for whom it became part parlour game and part legitimate enquiry.
In time, the methods were pointed out by scientists to be highly suspect, as there was no credibility in the procedures used, and no two graphologists could agree on the significance of individual handwriting characteristics.
So, since those early days the methods of analysis have been refined and improved, but in the half-century a true scientific method, developed using computers, advanced statistical methods, and a wide range of modern technology, has been brought to bear on the true interpretation of handwriting.
The term Graphonomy has thus been coined to distinguish between this modern scientific approach, and the old-fashioned techniques of Graphology.
Graphonomy works so well because it has been founded using well-established scientific procedures, objective evidence derived from statistical analysis, and the research studies of many scientific investigators in laboratories throughout America and Europe.
There is no need for intuition and no room for guesswork. In fact, Graphonomy is as precise as a computer.
Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon