Art of de­ci­pher­ing hand­writ­ing

Graphol­o­gist has the un­canny abil­ity to learn about peo­ple’s per­son­al­i­ties based on their writ­ing

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YOSSI Vis­soker is a foren­sic graphol­o­gist, a hand­writ­ing ex­pert who is able to learn some­thing of the per­son­al­ity of an in­di­vid­ual based purely on their hand­writ­ing.

He spe­cialises in be­havioural pro­fil­ing and foren­sic doc­u­ment ex­am­i­na­tion and has been used by the likes of the Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion to es­tab­lish the ve­rac­ity of sig­na­tures scam­mers often pass off as Madiba’s own.

He has been com­mis­sioned by the SAPS, most no­tably in a 1988 case in­volv­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of nine girls in Pre­to­ria.

He has done this work for nearly 40 years.

“I have ex­am­ined the writ­ing of thou­sands of peo­ple, in­clud­ing the rich and fa­mous,” said the Is­raeli, now based in Sand­ton, west of Joburg for more than two decades.

He re­ceived his basic train­ing in his craft in the Is­raeli De­fence Force in 1971, fo­cus­ing on “Ara­bic and other lan­guages I was not fa­mil­iar with”.

He is cer­ti­fied by the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Foren­sic Ex­am­in­ers In­sti­tute, whose ci­ta­tions dec­o­rate his of­fice at his home in Gallo Manor.

“I’m a reg­u­lar guest on Ra­dio 702 and Cape Talk, SABC and have also ap­peared on nu­mer­ous TV talk shows. The tele­vi­sion show use me as their sole ex­pert in the cases they need to au­then­ti­cate hand­writ­ing and sig­na­tures on,” he said.

He was also the of­fi­cial graphol­o­gist on the first show as well as

His ev­i­dence has been ac­cepted in the high courts in the coun­try and the Coun­cil for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion.

He has done hand­writ­ing anal­y­sis in his na­tive Is­rael, Botswana, Zim­babwe, France, Switzer­land, In­dia and Tai­wan.

We asked Vis­soker to tell us more about the per­son­al­i­ties of three of our col­leagues, based on the hand­writ­ing sam­ples they pro­vided.


She’s quite thor­ough in what she does. Self-con­trolled. Fam­ily-ori­en­tated.

She’s very com­mit­ted to her job. If she prom­ises some­thing, she gets com­mit­ted to see­ing it through.

She doesn’t have too many fan­tasies, il­lu­sions. She’s a very re­al­is­tic per­son, who ag­o­nises over de­tails, some­times un­nec­es­sar­ily. She digs at petty things. She often wastes en­ergy to go into spe­cific de­tails.

A good ob­server about sit­u­a­tions, about her­self to the point of be­ing self-tor­tur­ing. She al­ways ir­ri­tates her­self… about her­self.

I think she’s a re­li­gious per­son who al­ways thinks whether what she does ac­cords with her re­li­gious be­liefs or not. She is a moral per­son.

Not re­bel­lious. She’s a self-crit­i­cal, ra­tio­nal per­son.

I don’t know what field of news she works in. I don’t think she’s about fash­ion, but even if she were, her in­ter­est would be the facts, not the gos­sip of fash­ion.

She thinks other peo­ple can learn from her.

She has some di­ges­tion prob­lems, maybe dif­fi­culty in swal­low­ing; maybe she can­not swal­low prop­erly.

She had big is­sues with her fa­ther while grow­ing up, in her pre-teen years, like age 11 or 12. Her mother took her fa­ther’s side.


The anal­y­sis was fairly spot on. Based on the write-up I gave, some of the anal­y­sis that Mr Yossi gave back to me were pretty ob­vi­ous (like be­ing re­li­gious), and some rang true to a huge chunk of who I am. And well, some parts were off the mark – or maybe will un­fold as time goes on. But over­all, it was pretty good.


An in­tel­li­gent per­son. He con­sid­ers him­self to be among the top. He has high self-es­teem. That’s what he projects.

He is am­bi­tious. He grasps con­cepts eas­ily, sit­u­a­tions very quickly.

He is en­thu­si­as­tic.

Lives by prin­ci­ples. Though he crit­i­cises other peo­ple, he is very em­pa­thetic, very sen­si­tive.

He suf­fered abuse from friends when he was young, like he was bul­lied. He wants to for­get what was.

He is a very cu­ri­ous per­son, about ev­ery­thing. He’s the right per­son for the kind of job he does.

He cre­ates, some­times, his own re­al­i­ties. He in­ter­prets life, sit­u­a­tions, a lot. He’s got all the an­swers, from his own in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

He pro­tects him­self, afraid that other peo­ple would crit­i­cise him.

He is a tar­get for bul­ly­ing.


The anal­y­sis is gen­er­ally spot on de­spite my mis­giv­ings about hav­ing to give basic bi­o­graph­i­cal de­tails be­fore­hand. A more spe­cific read­ing into some of the is­sues that were picked up would also add weight to the anal­y­sis. I’m now con­vinced there is a sci­ence be­hind hand­writ­ing anal­y­sis, con­trary to my ear­lier po­si­tion.


He gave me some prob­lems. The writ­ing is unique, it is… a bit strange. I think he is hid­ing a lot.

I needed to dig to go into his gen­uine per­son­al­ity. Ini­tially, I even thought he was sick, or crip­pled. I do not know.

He doesn’t speak ef­fort­lessly. But he likes to talk, and it is al­ways drag­ging.

Al­though he doesn’t want to show peo­ple, he has lots of fan­tasies… about him­self, about life.

He finds it dif­fi­cult to adapt to new sit­u­a­tions. He cov­ers that up by talk­ing.

He’s an im­pa­tient per­son. He re­sponds with­out fully hear­ing what the other per­son was say­ing. He is im­pul­sive.

He’s a ner­vous per­son.

He has a fairly good sense of hu­mour.

He quickly gets frus­trated if peo­ple dis­agree with him, though he is eas­ily in­flu­enced by other views. He un­der­stands other peo­ple eas­ily. Maybe he is good look­ing, and in­tel­li­gent – which com­bine to give him a good rap­port with other peo­ple. But he is re­served.

He finds it dif­fi­cult to de­cide. He is de­pen­dent on his par­ents , and sees life through their eyes. MANYANE RE­SPONDS:

I never thought the day will come when some­one will re­veal the truth about me. This is un­be­liev­able, but true, ex­cept that part about “de­pend­ing on par­ents, and sees life through their eyes”. Maybe I don’t un­der­stand... can he kindly elab­o­rate fur­ther on this?

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