Reading Between the Lines, Decoding Handwriting

reading between the linesReading Between the Lines: decoding handwriting is the book that replaces The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis. After nearly eighteen years as a bestseller in the series, the Idiot’s Guide is out of print.

Have you ever wondered what the squiggles and strokes in a line of ink say about personality? Or are you a handwriting professional who learned the “trait-stroke” method? Reading Between the Lines, Decoding Handwriting, will introduce you to a new way to look at handwriting and understand personality. You will learn the gestalt method, which is like viewing an object through a telescope. You see the bigger picture. The better-known trait-stroke method is like viewing an object under a microscope and offers a small field of vision. One is not better than the other, they simply appeal to different thinking styles. Trait-stroke analysts are more comfortable with an atomistic step-by-step approach, building up a picture of personality one stroke at a time. Gestaltists are more conceptual thinkers who look at space, form, and movement, learning to recognize the whole personality at a glance.

Thus, right-brained thinkers who see the big picture are attracted to gestalt analysis. While left-brained thinkers start out more comfortable with trait-stroke analysis, once they learn to see the gestalt, though, they invariably report a better understanding of handwriting and personality.

What readers are saying about Reading Between the Lines

  • Sheila Lowe is one of the most respected authorities in the field of graphology. I have every one of her books and each one is exceptional.  DMR
  •  I will be referencing this book again and again.  Suzan
  • Loved this well organized, richly presented book about using handwriting analysis for knowing self and others, all done with maturity, wisdom and humor, one of the best handwriting analysis books I have ever read, and I have a library full! Rosita


Personality & Anxiety Disorders

Personality-Anxiety-DisordersPersonality & Anxiety Disorders, how they may be reflected in handwriting, and other important topics.

Personality and Anxiety Disorders is based on a series of articles and a course for handwriting analysts and psychologists. The reader will learn about personality disorders as described in the DSM and how those behaviors appear in handwriting.

The material in this volume is based on articles and a series of talks presented to members of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation by the late Israeli psychologist/graphologist, Dr. Ze’ev Bar-Av. I had co-presented papers with him at several handwriting analysis conferences, and when he asked me to help him with the lecture series, I accepted with pleasure. I provided most of the demonstrative handwriting samples and edited the material. After Dr. Bar-Av’s untimely death, I compiled and further edited this important material to preserve and make it available for handwriting professionals.

What readers are saying about Personality & Anxiety Disorders

  •  While most of the books of this kind only touches the surface of human psychology, Sheila Lowe goes much deeper and explains how the human psyche is directly connected to the person’s style of graphic expressions. Satori Girl
  • a treasure-trove of valuable tips and methods of determining everything from Fear and Stress to Schizophrenia. Patricia L.
  • Sheila is expert at teaching why these fields are so complimentary and understandable. Jane Y.


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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis

Publisher: Pearson Education

Edition: 2nd

2nd editionThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis was my very first published book. It’s now out of print, replaced by Reading Between the Lines, Decoding Handwriting, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis was, for most of its 18 years in print one of the bestsellers in this series.

When I wrote this book I hesitated because of the title. But no one else was offering me a very nice advance to write whatever I wanted. Although some people did complain about the title, that didn’t stop it from being a bestseller in the series for many years. Now that it’s out of print, I rewrote it and published it with a new name.

People ask me which book to buy. Naturally, I want to promote Reading Between the Lines, and not just because I no longer get royalties from The Idiot’s Guide(!) RBtL is updated and has many new handwriting samples. RBtL, like its predecessor, is a basic course in the gestalt method of handwriting analysis. It is also an introduction to my self-study course, which you can read about here. If you have ever thought about learning how to analyze handwriting and understand yourself and others better, please take a look.

Click here to purchase Reading Between the Lines: decoding handwriting


Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous

Famous & InfamousMy second book was Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous. After the success of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis in 2000, I was contacted by a publisher who asked me to write analyses of well-known people through history. The book has handwriting samples and my comments on historical figures, celebrities, politicians and convicted criminals. From Galileo to Princess Diana to Hitler. Politicians, musicians, serial killers and other fascinating characters. It’s a cool coffee table book, and more than that, Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous also offers tidbits about handwriting analysis.

There have been several iterations as it changed publishers, so the cover on Amazon may be different from this original one seen here.

Click on the pictures below to find handwriting samples written by Donald Trump in 1992. The third one is Princess Diana. The last is Ted Bundy, who was executed for serial murder. Trump’s handwriting hasn’t changed in 30, except his signature has become far more angular (aggressive). Princess Diana’s rounded handwriting points to an emotionally-based person who needed approval. Ted Bundy’s handwriting has some terrifying red flags for pathological behavior. See if you can guess where to find these characteristics in their handwriting.


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