Walter Hegar made an important contribution to graphology, very little
has been written about him in the English speaking world.
We know that
he fled the Nazi Regime in the 1930’s and went to France where he wrote
“Graphologie par le trait” or Graphology through the stroke.
In it he
explained his own, original methods based purely on the appearance of
the lines and curves in handwriting.
theories conflicted with many graphological theories of the time,
particularly with those of Klages – a German graphologist who adhered
strictly to his caste-like system of formlevel which, incidentally, was
favourably regarded by the Nazi regime.
At any rate,
Hegar’s theories introduced a completely new approach to graphology.
dealt mainly with the study of lines and curves his system is not
identical to the trait stroke methods favoured by many graphologists
When seen in
the correct context it cannot be denied that there is a great deal of
plain, common sense in Hegar's theories.
his system has a somewhat limited approach - there is much more to
graphology than lines and curves.
But it does
provide a remarkably neat and simple structure for the understanding of
handwriting. And it's also quite fascinating!
following page you will find a short explanation of “Hegar's System of