Quitting handwriting means not using the brain

It’s like DNA or fingerprints: they indicate our uniqueness, nobody has them equal to us or can imitate them (even if science is now able to “touch up” the DNA). In this case, however, we are not talking about genetics, but about writing. Strictly manual, be it clear. The spelling, in fact, a term that derives from the Greek and which also means “design”, “description”, “study”, “treatise”, recalls our character, the inner one – not the font used to type on PC and smartphone – and our emotionality. Because it is from how we trace the graphic sign, whatever the letter, which we make understand, to those who have studied the subject, what kind of people we are. In short, we could say: tell me how you write and I’ll tell you who you are.

And this is what Maria Teresa Morasso, a graphologist, has been doing for years, holding courses – which are always sold out at Palazzo Ducale – for teachers who want to understand better who they have, that is their students, large and small. In fact, after the course on Education at Graphic Sign, dedicated to primary school teachers, it is the turn of the courses “Graphological observation: a tool to learn about pupils” (4 lessons for teachers of middle and high schools, but also for educators and parents: 28 November, 5, 12 and 19 December) and “Teenagers and handwriting: a problem or an opportunity?”

“To help them understand their characteristics, but also their discomforts – he explains – The analysis of the writing also allows us to focus on their potential, which for them can still be unknown and unconscious. Also to guide them in life and school choices “. Maria Teresa, in fact, specializes in Education of graphic gestures and carries out training activities for school personnel. Handwriting has been its object of interest and investigation for more than thirty years – it graduated from the faculty of Urbino -, aimed at professional consultancy and, in the wider cultural sphere, in the deepening of cognitive personality in the literary, historical field , artistic, musical, scientific.

“Writing represents us in all our characteristics: intellectual, emotional, affective. Through in-depth reading of the graphic sign, we can identify for example the quality of intelligence: how it uses it and what it is oriented to, whether towards the more practical or more speculative plane, and if the person tends more to analyze the elements he observes or if he has a more intuitive and impulsive attitude ”.

Not by chance, in fact, in January will conduct a meeting on genius: “Paganini and Hendrix: the language in the hands”. It is essential, in fact, to remember that manual writing involves a specific use of our brain: “Abandoning handwriting means not using the brain. It is more in line with our thinking and therefore favors the development of critical thought, the capacity for concentration, memory and synthesis. In particular, italics better represent cohesion with our thinking “.

Moreover, the importance of the graphic sign, of handwriting in different characters, was and is well known to those who have revolutionized the digital world. As a model and teacher for Steve Jobs, in fact, he was a calligrapher priest of Italian origin: Robert Palladino. In fact, we know that Jobs had well understood the value of calliography: he himself had followed a course – without finishing the University – on the beautiful handwriting, which would have served him to make the typographic characters we all know for the first MacIntosh and we use.

In short, writing is not only our “imprint”, but it is also a very important tool, because to exercise intelligence it is not enough to type on a headboard or touch screen. As, writes Jonathan Coopersmith, professor of History at Texas A&M University, “Historically, technology has made us either more stupid or singularly more intelligent and collectively more intelligent.”

SOURCE: La voce di Genova