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Short history of graphology in the Czech Republic
Graphology has great tradition in our country since 1918 when the Czechoslovakian Republic was established. Such names as Robert Saudek and Vilem Schoenfeld are well known all over the world. Further development of graphology was slowing down and delayed by the fact that the Czech Republic has been existing under a totalitarian regime for a long time. This reality negatively affected all spheres of our life. Graphology was considered an "occult science" and was not officially sanctioned or allowed to be developed. No one could openly do handwriting analyses or cooperate with foreign graphologists to study it. Those who were interested had to practice in secret.
After a "velvet revolution" in November 1989 the political situation changed radically and now we are a fully democratic state. This has favorably influenced a new development of graphology and at the same time has revealed that graphology always was and is still alive in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Chamber of Graphology
In January 1992 the Czech Chamber of Graphology (CCHG) was established in Prague. It is a non-profit society which brings together Czech graphologists and all those who are interested in graphology. We have created relatively integral system of quality specialized teaching and training of graphology which enables not only to study psychology of handwriting but also to increase further professional qualifications. We focus on systematic, methodic work with handwritings which is based on our many years´ experiences.
Students who will succesfully pass a final examination will obtain the Certificate of Graphologist of CCHG. Besides a good professional knowledge of graphology (theoretical as well as practical), students must also have a harmonious enough personality to avoid the danger of inserting, transferring or projecting their own problems and conflicts onto the client in their handwriting analyses.
The CCHG also oversees the ethics of graphology and of its members and aims to protect all clients who ask for handwriting analysis. In any doubts a client can ask the Disciplinary Board of CCHG to examine and to check up concrete cases where the ethics or professionality of CCHG members were violated.
The CCHG also participates in various graphological orders - personnel selection etc.
The CCHG has a great contribution in publishing activities. We publish approximately once a year Sbornik grafologie (Anthology of Graphology). There is a book by the chairman of CCHG PhDr. Jan Jerabek: GRAFOLOGIE - diagnostika osobnosti (Graphology - A Diagnosis of a Personality, just the 4th advanced edition!). We also cooperated on publishing of Ucebnice vedecke grafologie pro zacatecniky (Textbook of Science Graphology for Beginners) by Vilem Schoenfeld.
The CCHG also welcomes and develops contacts with foreign graphologists, foreign graphological groups and associations. For instance with Sheila Lowe (AHAF, USA - she edites The Vanguard where in 1996 we published information about graphology in the Czech Republic and about the CCHG). We also contacted Lawrence Warner (IGA, England), Patricia Siegel (ASPG, USA), Jennifer Green (BIG, England), Renna Nezos and Savina Serpieri (BAOG, England), Michel de Grave (CEREG, Belgium), Enza De Petrillo (Instituto Grafologico G.Moretti, Italy), Paulo Sergio De Camargo (CEPA, Brazil), Julio Garifo Cavalli (Emerson University, Argentina), Jenö Bugar (Hungary), Max van Zoest (Netherlands), Helmut Ploog (Deutchland), etc.
The two-year basic study programme is followed by:
- A two-year basic study of graphology and psychology which is accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. It includes psychology of personality, analytic psychology by C.G.Jung, humanistic psychology by C.R.Rogers, Gestalt psychology, typology by Virginie Satir, Eysenck, Krerchmer, Wiersma-Heymans etc. and their application on work with handwriting, several lectures on psychopathology and psychotherapy, projective tests (the Baum Test, Figure Drawing Test, Mandala Drawing) and their connections with handwriting.
We lay great emphasis on the personality of our future graphologists, so there are also psychological exercises of social psychology and communication, interviews with a client (how to talk with a person after analyzing his handwriting), exercises of relaxation and imagination for better self-knowledge and self-development, music and gestures etc.
A great part of study programme is dedicated to practical training of handwriting analyses.
- An individual study programme - it is for all those who want to extend their knowledge gained in the basic course. It includes individual handwriting analyses consultations with lectors including selfhandwriting analysis.
- Experience and diagnostical work in a small group - during a process of working with a handwriting a lot of emotions can appear which may fundamentally influence work of graphologist and distort his/her view on a handwriting. It aims a graphologist to realize more deeply and more precisely such influences and so to weaken subjective component of his/her work
- Specialized seminars and training meetings - themes: Imagination, dreams and handwriting, Gestalt and handwriting analysis, Basic principles of body and energy working and their application on handwriting, Social communication, Artetherapy, Psychology of Love, Personnel Choice and graphology etc.
Method of graphology or psychology of handwriting used by CCHG is a synthesis of theory, practical skill and spiritual art. The theory are all useful knowledge and information of theoretical graphology and psychology. The practical skill contains quantity and quality of practical work with handwriting. The spiritual art is a cultivation of personality standpoints, an ability to reflect entire process of work with a handwriting, development of perceptibility for expression of a handwriting, improving of self-knowledge, self-development etc.
Methods of Saudek and Schoenfeld support "graphological thinking". The primary basis of our method is formed by the system of two German graphologists Muller and Enskat. Their system then has been further properly worked up, extended and deepened.
The system of graphology and handwriting analyses taught and used by CCHG is comprised and explained in the book Graphology - A Diagnosis of a Personality by Jan Jerabek (available in Czech language only).
You can contact us - Helena Bakova at firstname.lastname@example.org