Honesty and Deceit

“Is this person telling the truth? “

This is one of the commonest questions people ask.

  • They ask it of themselves.
  • They ask it of others.
  • They ask it of me when I am looking at handwriting.

And yes, handwriting does show honesty and deceit clearly.

Dishonesty is not always telling a lie.

It can also be concealing the truth.

Or it can be deliberate misrepresentation as in the case of the used car salesman who tells you in great detail all the great features of a vehicle, but avoids telling you the problems it has.

Unless you know enough about cars to ask the right questions, you might well buy before you discover the negatives.

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It can be done unintentionally as in the case of someone who tries to cheer others up by putting the most positive spin they can on a situation.

If they are successful, the listener will only hear the good side and be distracted from noticing the bad.

  • In some cases this can be a reasonable solution.
  • In others it can mean the listener ends up with more problems having not addressed the original ones when they needed attention.

The people pleaser can also give a not true image of a situation by trying always to tell people what they want to hear, when what they need to hear is something different.

Deliberate dishonesty can be when someone just decides that, for whatever reason, they are going to tell lies, omit negative facts, or presents the truth in such a way that the listener cannot get a true picture of the situation.

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Honesty on the other hand is presenting the truth as you see it.

If self deceit is present this may still not be the real truth, but at least the person is trying to be truthful.

The dictionary (www.dictionary.com) describes honesty as “truthfulness, sincerity or frankness, freedom from deceit or fraud.”

In writing honesty and deceit, both self deceit and deliberate deceit, show in the circle letters (a, o, g, d)

Any loop within a circle letter takes away the analysis of honesty.

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Honesty only shows where the circle letters are “clean”, i.e. they have no loops or hooks in them.

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Deliberate deceit shows where the circle letters have loops on both sides of the circles.  The more often this occurs, the stronger the trait.

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If it only appears once, by reading what the writer was discussing at that point in the writing can tell you what it is they are lying about.

One double loop in a page of writing does not a pathological liar make!

Very few people, apart apparently from George Washington, never tell a lie.

But consistent double loops throughout writing indicates someone who makes a habit of it.

Employers: Understand the personality of the job applicant, before you hire.

Daters: Know whether you can trust your date – before you find out the hard way!

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