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“Know your fortunes here! Try and see magic! Know how to attract fat lady ‘luck’ on your side!” This is another common advertisement of psychics and fortune tellers. Palmistry is one of the many weapons from their arsenal. Palmistry—refers to the art of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as palm reading, or chirology. From my background, I’m fond of cheap tricks and mind manipulation. This so-called ‘magic’ is just another myth. Clearly, humans have ups and downs all throughout their lives. Palmistry is just another medium for using cold reading. Cold reading, most of the times (especially if the teller is experienced), are general truths which applies to everyone. When I was a high school student, I use palmistry as a weapon for attraction. Well, who doesn’t want to know their future, right? I will associate all the lines in their hands about their daily lives and throw a series of ‘cold’ truths. The declining line between the thumb and index finger is about your life. Now, most of the time, there are empty or even ragged lines in it. But the catch here is to associate such lines about negative thoughts. On the other hand, beautifully aligned or straight lines will be a sign for positive event. Lastly, you need to really impress the subject and persuade them into believing you. The recipe for a good fortune teller is all about charisma and cleverness!

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cold reading - a series of techniques used by mentalists, psychics, fortunetellers, mediums and illusionists to determine or express details about another person, often in order to convince them that the reader knows much more about a subject than they actually do.

I truly admit that the creator of this is a cunning genius! It’s simply associating our daily lives to a series of patterned lines. Now, I wish people who believe in to such myth will not truly rely on them. For, fortune isn’t destined but shaped. You may just use it as a symbol of hope or maybe for some, socializing. Only the hand of God truly knows what lies ahead.

Reference: Cold Reading. (2009). Retrieved July 10, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_reading
Palmistry. (2012). Retrieved July 10, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmistry


In my experience, I’ve never tried judging someone through his or her handwriting. It sounded really weird to find out that there’s such thing as graphology. I wondered as I went back home and asked myself, “Well, if I’m angry and truly passionate about an article I’m about to write; the tendency is to have a deeper stroke than normal.” And in my mind, Why not give graphology a shot. A curious mind strikes again!

It is the pseudoscientific study and analysis of handwriting, especially in relation to human psychology. There are different approaches to this study which are: Integrative graphology, holistic graphology, symbolic analysis. Integrative graphology—holds that specific stroke structures relate to personality traits. Holistic graphology, a profile is constructed on the basis of form, movement and space… In this approach, individual traits, such as legibility, are not assigned specific meanings, but can take on different meanings depending on the overall context. Symbolic analysis—in this approach, one looks for symbols seen in the handwriting.

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I analyzed some works of mine. In my works, specifically academic exams, the lighter my strokes are the higher score! This is quite a marvelous observation that I have made. It seems, as I can recall, my exam paper which has a high score is the time I studied. With that, I may say that I wasn’t frustrated when I was answering the exam. On the other hand, the exam paper that I have with a lower score has a messy handwriting, more slanted than my usual, and have deeper strokes. In my hypothesis, deeper strokes are somehow correlated with frustration. In this sense, graphology might be actually true. So next time, try to check your academic works. Maybe this observation of mine might be a key to knowing the personalities of man.

Today, as a big fan of social sciences, I’m actually trying to expound my knowledge on the given subject. Freud and other psychologist already made their point. Maybe this is our generation’s time to make our own.

Reference: Graphology. (2012). Retrieved July 21, 2013, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphology

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