You may think the headline is just a click bait. But it’s not. There is a handwriting analyst who changed her handwriting to lose weight. And she succeeded. Find out how.
Love of the written word and a desire to understand and help others are the forces that have driven Joan Belzer throughout her life, and, over time, she has found a way to combine them. After discovering the power of graphology, also known as handwriting analysis, Belzer was empowered to study to become a graphologist as a way of helping others. “I love meeting new people and introducing them to what their handwriting reveals. It’s a way to help people start helping themselves,” says Belzer.
With an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in library sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles, Belzer originally discovered graphology in an attempt to lose weight.
Although her husband, Irvin, told her he thought it would be a waste of money for her to go to a seminar that advertised handwriting analysis as a key to losing weight, Belzer felt compelled to go. Little did she know that the seminar would change her life, as well as her waistline.
“In one session, he was able to tell me what my problems were,” says Belzer of her initial experience with a handwriting analyst. “He also showed me that by writing in a positive way, I could get rid of the problems and get rid of the weight. He did more for me in one session, than if I had sat for five years with a therapist, and I thought if I could learn how to do this and help others, that’s what I wanted to do.”
After losing 15 pounds, which she has kept off for over 30 years, Belzer pursued training in graphology, joined several professional organizations such as the American Association of Handwriting Analysts and the American Handwriting Analysts Foundation, and began to teach herself how to use this tool to help others.
Handwriting is deeply tied to the subconscious, says Belzer. “In order to write, your brain has to give your hand a message. So, when you write in a positive way, the cortex, or the subconscious, accepts the positive message. Nothing changes consciously, until your subconscious changes. That’s why a lot of people have trouble. It’s like a band-aid when people talk about what’s happening, but not their perception of what is happening,” she explains.
Cursive handwriting is no longer being taught to all children in the United States, and Belzer believes this omission is affecting children in negative ways. “When you print, you use one side of the brain, the rational side. That’s why you have to learn cursive, because it engages both the right side and the left side,” says Belzer.
She worries that not learning cursive will have long-term consequences. “When you write in cursive, [that indicates] you want to have emotional connection with people. Young people today find it very hard to make emotional connections,” she says, adding, “Right now, they don’t teach margins, so they have no boundaries. The kids are all over the place.”
In addition to the issues that children may be facing subconsciously by not learning cursive, Belzer also thinks that the loss of cursive fluency will lead to the end of handwriting analysis as a tool for self-help in the United States. Some other countries, however, use graphology much more frequently. “It’s very well accepted in Israel and Europe. To get hired at the top companies, you have to submit a handwriting sample. You can’t tell the occupation of a person by the handwriting, but you can tell the abilities and qualities,” says Belzer.
We understand you are curious to find out how the handwriting analyst came to know that weight was a problem for Belzer. Don’t worry. We will give you a clue: The handwriting analyst saw it in the lower case letter ‘d’.
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