Reading between the lines
Tuesday 30th October 2012, 8:00AM GMT.
Emma Bache’s abilities to analyse handwriting are in high demand in the business world. The Times’ resident graphologist tells Martyn Tolcher what she can learn from just a tiny sample – and why she would love to study the writing of Jimmy Savile.
EMMA BACHE’S favourite place in the world is Sark.
It’s the perfect antidote to her hectic working life in London, where she helps leading City firms to identify the right people for key jobs and promotions.
But as one of the country’s most eminent graphologists, Emma, pictured, gets her results not through interviewing or grilling the candidates but by putting samples of their handwriting under her mini-microscope.
‘It gives a fairly in-depth insight into the personality and it gives a different picture really from what an interview or psychometric testing would do,’ Emma explained.
‘You can be quite good at an interview or in interview technique, but I can really see what the person is like. Also, I can see from their writing the compatibility of that person with the other people they’re going to be
These seem like bold claims for a method that relies solely on the very fine analysis of a simple piece of handwritten text, without even having to meet the person who produced it, but Emma has a clear message for any sceptics out there. ‘Try me out. Show me some of your handwriting or, even better, somebody that you think you know quite well and let’s take it from there.’