Graphology is the analysis of the physical characteristics and patterns of handwriting purporting to be able to identify the writer, indicating psychological state at the time of writing, or evaluating personality characteristics.
Graphology has been around for more than a century. Although supporters point to the anecdotal evidence of positive testimonials as a reason to use it for personality evaluation.
Graphology has been used clinically by European counsellors and psychotherapists.
When it is used, it is generally used alongside other projective personality assessment tools, and not in isolation. It is often used within individual psychotherapy, marital counselling, or vocational counselling.