Volunteers Needed for Free Handwriting Analysis

handwriting analysisHave you ever had your handwriting analyzed? The science is called graphology – which is the study of handwriting and the inferring of character or aptitude.

I need to hone my graphologist skills and am always looking for more writing samples. Are you willing to mail me a sample of your handwriting so I can analyze it (at no cost to you)?  If so, here’s what I need:

  1. A full page of original writing on unlined paper (computer paper works great).
  2. Subject matter of your sample is your choice, but it should be free-flowing like a letter, not copied and not lyrics or poetry.
  3. Ideally it should be in all cursive, however if you are one who only prints, then print will work. If I force you to write in a way that is unnatural it can skew the results. I’ll take one sentence in cursive and you can print the rest if.
  4. Any pen will do. No pencil please.
  5. Your approximate age, gender and which hand you use to write. If you’ve had any recent physical or emotional trauma, please let me know (not specifics) as this can also affect your handwriting.
  6. Write on a smooth surface while relaxed. Please abstain from any alcohol, as even one glass of wine or beer could potentially affect your handwriting.
  7. Please let me know if I have permission to use a portion of your writing in a blog post – no names will be given nor will I use any text that could possibly give up your identity.
  8. If you don’t have my snail mail address, please let me know. I need an original, not a copy or photo.

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So Politicians Lie; So What?

lying politicianI told someone that one of the things I do as a Content Validity Analyst is to determine the likelihood of politicians telling the truth in their statements. Her response was “So all politicians lie; why do we need a specialist to determine that?”

Everyone Lies; So What?

If you’re going to take the stance that all politicians lie, so what’s the point in analyzing their words, then I must remind you that all people lie, regardless of profession.  Are we going to just stop trusting people completely, assuming that what they are saying is probably a lie? Or do we blindly trust that everyone is always sincere in everything they say so forget about the possibility one is being untruthful.

Credibility Matters.

If you’re going to be electing the next President of the United States, or Congressman or Senator, don’t you want the person you’re voting for to be credible?  If he or she is lying about something on the campaign trail, you must assume they will also lie about things if elected to office.

White Lie or Big Whopper?

Lying about your weight on a driver’s license can be overlooked. Lying that your mother-in-law’s meatloaf is delicious is an acceptable social lie. Lying about ethics, foreign policy, experience, safety of the American people, finances and other important issues is not something we should lower our standards to accept.

Use the Science.

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Forensic Statement Analysis: Resurrection Life Church

Pastor Duane Vander Klok’s Response to Request to Return Funds
Forensic Statement Analysis by Laurie Ayers
Posted April 2015

Resurrection Life Church GrandvilleIn 2014 David W. McQueen was sentenced to 30 years in Federal prison for an investment scam. One of the recipients of over $300,000 in stolen investor funds was Resurrection Life Church in Grandville MI. The US Attorney’s office sent a written request to the church to voluntarily return the funds. The church responded “We have prayerfully considered your request that the Church return all or part of this donor’s gifts and tithe monies, and must respectfully decline to do so.” See the church’s letter responding to the request here.

What followed next was a public outcry for Resurrection Life Church to reconsider their refusal to return the funds to the innocent investors.  Within a few days of the media coverage the Senior Pastor of the church posted the following message on their Facebook page. His statement is below, along with my content validity, forensic statement analysis of his words in bold purple font.

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A statement from Pastor Duane regarding the issues raised in the local news:

We at Resurrection Life Church are committed to uphold a high ethical standard as well as to obey all the laws that govern the use of donated funds and how they may be dispersed. We are very saddened to hear of the illegal activities of Mr. McQueen and especially of the losses it caused so many innocent investors.

*Committed to is the same as trying. It’s not the same as saying we uphold high ethical standards and we obey the laws.

Mr. McQueen did make multiple donations; the funds in question were given in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Regarding the recent request to voluntarily return the funds that were donated years ago by McQueen, we unfortunately do not have those funds. The money was dispersed to various charitable causes many years ago according to the requirements of the law. Because so much time has passed since the donations were made, it is impossible to find those dollars now. The orphanages, missionaries, even local businesses who actually received portions of that money have all long since put it to good use, and so have the businesses where they spent it and so on.

*Dispersed according to the law, yet it’s now impossible to find? These are contradictory statements.

People will use the word “actually” to emphasize something. The use of this word also indicates a person is comparing two thoughts. Consider the following question and answer.

Question: “Did you go out for breakfast?”
Answer:   “Actually, we went out for lunch.”

In this answer, it is easy to see the person is comparing dining out for breakfast with dining out for lunch. Most of the time when people use the word “actually” you will be able to see what the person is comparing.

When the word “actually” is used and no statement has been submitted we then have some undisclosed information. Sometimes you will be able to figure out what information the person is withholding. Continue reading

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