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Handwriting: Means of Mental Development and Personality Analysis

Monday, February 8th, 2016
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Handwriting is a key component for mental maturation and a shockingly accurate means of personality analysis.

The contention that computers, smart phones, and other technology will replace the need for writing is shortsighted.

Handwriting won’t ever become obsolete. Even though people are writing less due to technology, almost everyone still writes, even young people.

Consider some of the many ways people will always need cursive: you learn better when you write it down instead of type or text; the need to be able to read cursive will always exist–e.g., the U.S. Constitution, many other historical documents, and letters your ancestors wrote are in cursive; cursive gives your brain a mental workout so it’s especially good to utilize as you age. Handwriting also helps to dynamically advance cognitive development.

Handwriting analysis is a key part of my systems of analysis in identifying personality traits. I’ve found it to be one of the most objective and non-discriminatory methods of discerning subconscious fears and defenses, including red flag character attributes.

I analyze cursive and printing equally well, and the script of any language can be analyzed. All that is required is the copybook form (i.e., the standard by which the writer learned) of the writing to use as a basis for comparison.

Writing longhand can also provide tremendous psychological release. Remember the last time you poured your feelings into writing a letter to someone close to you, or even to yourself?

The art of writing is too valuable of a practice to abandon. 

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Warning: First Impressions Are Frequently Unreliable

Monday, February 1st, 2016
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First impressions are sometimes accurate, yet other times they aren’t.

Unfortunately, they can’t be relied upon for consistently accurate personality analysis.

You may get a feeling about someone upon first meeting, but trying to determine specific personality red flags—and the magnitude of those red flags–is a different matter entirely.

Consider some of the things people attempt to determine upon first meeting you: trustworthiness; intelligence; emotional maturity; leadership ability; whether you are an extrovert or introvert; and a lot more.

According to a Harvard psychologist, the two most pressing concerns people have when they meet you are “Can I trust this person?” and “Can I respect this person?”

Are you a physical threat, and are you a thief? Are you a traitor, or a backstabber? Are you to be admired or despised? Will you be a source of embarrassment?

According to an article in the Guardian, perception of others is clouded by subconscious fears and defenses: “Although our rapid cognition is fairly accurate, it’s still possible for us to misread someone the first time we meet them. No matter how shrewd you might think you are – and most of us like to think we’re a good judge of character – we are subject to all kinds of cognitive biases, which stretch and distort our judgment.”

Listen to your intuition upon first meeting someone, yet also apply objective, rational thought. It’s also a good idea to utilize various methods to detect dishonesty, for example, to confirm any suspicions.

It’s possible to find out if you can trust someone before it’s too late, but first impressions aren’t a consistently reliable method to discern trustworthiness and other important personality traits.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

How to Know if You Can Trust Someone

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
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Contemplating whether or not you can trust someone can be extremely stressful.

Business or investment partners, employees, romantic interests, family, or friends—regrettably, you’re vulnerable to betrayal from everyone close to you, and even those who aren’t.

It’s one of those not-very-pleasant facts of life, but thankfully it’s possible to minimize your risk of betrayal.

This Psychology Today article offers some helpful tips.

The author relays a simple example of how to discern if someone is intrinsically motivated to do the right thing: “Lately, it seems that more drivers are actually speeding up to prevent me from entering their lane on the highway. Since drivers have nothing to gain or lose by being nice, I see it as an indicator of how intrinsically motivated people are to do the right thing.”

Surely, you can think of dozens of similar examples (e.g., how he treats wait staff, or his children in private, and so on), and by observing the subject over a period of time, you can get a good idea of his or her honor.

However, what do you do if you lack the time to observe the person for weeks to figure out if they are fair-minded, even when it’s not convenient, and even when they think nobody is watching?

One option is to hire a private detective or security investigations firm, though it can be very expensive.

Another option is to rely on gut instinct. However, your subconscious fears and defenses color your intuition, particularly while under pressure.

Your first impression may be that a prospective business partner is perfect, when she isn’t, or that a new friend is of good character, when he’s far from it.

It’s too bad that gut instinct isn’t a reliable method to consistently discern a person’s true motivations.

Another way to gauge a person’s honesty and integrity is through my unconventional security investigations.

The ability to trust is a different matter, though if you can’t trust anyone, at least you’re more likely to avoid betrayal.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Consistency is a Crucial Leadership Trait

Monday, January 11th, 2016
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According to this article in Inc., consistency is the most important leadership quality.

Surely, a consistent personality is desirable in a leader, but it may not be the most important attribute.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines leadership as, “capacity to lead,” “the act or an instance of leading.”

Scores of personality traits contribute to leadership ability including, but not limited to the following: self-confidence, initiative, reasoning ability, persuasiveness, enthusiasm, determination, objectivity, and decision-making ability.

Although it’s difficult to report to an unpredictable and inconsistent individual, the aforementioned traits are just as vital as consistency.

As much as the characteristics listed above make a true leader, other attributes detract from leadership ability, including but not limited to, the following: tendency to manipulate, domineering behavior, vanity, resentment, lack of emotional balance, narrow-mindedness, dishonesty, perfectionism, and lack of discretion.

All of the personality traits listed above, particularly in extreme cases, are detectable in my non-traditional security investigations.

Certainly, consistency is a key leadership trait, yet not the only one, and leadership ability is wrecked by many red flag personality characteristics.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Tendency to Manipulate and Narcissism Linked to Professional Success

Monday, January 4th, 2016
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According to a study by the University of Bern, in Switzerland, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, jerks may be more likely to rise to the top of the organizational hierarchy.

The study concluded that two dark personality traits, tendency to manipulate and narcissism, may help you succeed in your career.

Specifically, the narcissists earned more money, and those with a tendency to manipulate held more leadership positions.

I don’t doubt these findings, but consider the form of personality analysis the researchers used: the participants filled out questionnaires including questions such as “I tend to manipulate others to get my way” and “I tend to want others to pay attention to me.”

Do you really believe all participants filled out the questionnaires honestly? Everybody knows you’re on your best behavior while taking self-tests.

It’s likely there may be a much higher percentage of high-achieving jerks than the study shows.

Unfortunately, leadership is impaired by vanity (same thing as narcissism) and the tendency to manipulate, along with other red flag personality traits.

The tendency to manipulate can involve many red flag personality traits, but the most common include the following: domineering behavior; dishonesty (ranging from white lies to bluff, to self-deception to intentional deceit); excessive charm; and tendency to be overly critical.

I readily and effectively identify severe forms of all the above red flag personality traits in my non-traditional security investigations.

Manipulation comes in many forms, but some of the more prevalent include the following: conditional (vs. unconditional) behavior; passive-aggressive behavior; emotional exploitation; being excessively nice in an underhanded way; playing the poor me game; trying to make others feel guilty; and others.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Petullo

Emotional Immaturity–How to Quickly Identify This Horrendous Trait

Monday, December 7th, 2015
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Merriam-Webster dictionary defines emotional immaturity as, “Acting in a childish way…exhibiting less than an expected degree of maturity.”

One of the biggest mistakes in assessing human personality is mistaking personas for authentic personality.

You won’t know a person’s true character after dinner together, a weekend trip, or even months of working together.

He seems so pleasant and fair-minded at the start. However, everyone has some degree of acting ability, some more than others, and that can be a very dangerous thing.

The real personality only comes out while under pressure or stress.

It can be shocking when you’re confronted with a person’s hidden emotional immaturity after months or even years of knowing her. Suddenly she morphs into a child in an adult’s body, giving the word irrational new meaning. As time goes by, perpetual crises arise when things don’t go her way.

Emotional immaturity is fairly common and can be classified as a subconscious defense pattern, like self-deception and excessive secrecy.

Severe emotional immaturity is not as common, though it, too, can remain hidden long after you think you know someone well.

Nobody wants an emotionally immature romantic partner, employee, business partner, co-worker, associate, or anyone else who is important in your life. Emotional immaturity, in the extreme, can complicate your life and ruin partnerships.

Emotional intelligence has a lot to do with emotional maturity and balance, and it has an effect on mental intelligence.

In order to find out if he has a problem with emotional immaturity before it’s too late, you could spend thousands of dollars (even tens of thousands) on traditional security investigations. The more money you spend, the more time investigators scrutinize the subject’s life.

Or, you could take an unconventional route: I’ve found handwriting analysis, part of my systems of analysis, an extraordinarily effective tool to measure emotional immaturity (and dozens of other red-flag personality traits).

Human nature never ceases to supply nasty surprises, but you can limit your risk through my non-traditional security investigations.

“Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another.” Immanuel Kant

“Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.” Samuel Ullman

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo

People Never Change Much and What You Can Do About It

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
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People never change much. Instead of rejecting this reality, making your life more difficult, try a different approach.

“Many people change their behavior for the better after long struggles, such as with obesity, addiction or finally finding the right relationship or career. So how can you say people don’t change?”

Aside from addicts who get clean and sober, how often have you known someone to change so much you don’t recognize his personality? Never, if you know his true character.

Someone with an addictive personality will always have an addictive personality, and a jerk still has those red flag personality traits seething beneath the surface.

As I say in this blog post, “Discipline and perseverance can lead to small, incremental change, such as finally kicking unhealthy habits, but your overall character remains the same.” Your true nature remains the same no matter what you do.

I say in this blog post, “Handwriting analysis (graphology) shows how a person thinks and acts, along with their emotional balance, maturity, and much more. It denotes past conduct and displays potential for future behavior.”

I assess character as I perceive it now, though I’ve found that people’s core personality traits generally don’t change, just like people’s looks and voices don’t change much; you’ll still recognize her voice or know who she is after not seeing her for years.

Demanding that someone change the way she is will make your life miserable. Instead, just accept that people are who they are, and why not prepare for potential problems? I’m an optimist, not a pessimist, and very pragmatic.

Find out as much as you can about someone, before investing too much time, money, or emotion, because understanding more easily allows you to accept him or her as they are (and limit your risk).

“Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.”
Will Smith

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo

How to Identify Problem Personalities Before it is Too Late

Monday, November 16th, 2015
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No matter how high performing an employee, if she’s repeatedly disruptive and problematic to others in the organization, it’s best to fire her. The disruption and demoralization of the staff overshadows revenue generated by the troublemaker.

The same approach applies to your personal life; when possible, get rid of problem personalities before they cause you serious trouble.

It’s possible to identify red flag personality issues before hiring, and the price is a pittance compared to the cost of a problematic employee.

Below I list five tips to identify problem personalities.

  1. In checking employment references, realize that past employers (or acquaintances, if it’s not an employment situation) aren’t going to be candid with you. They will be hesitant to talk about problems with their former employee due to the threat of legal action. But try this: while speaking to the former supervisor on the phone, ask, “Would you hire her again?” and listen for any hesitancy.
  2. Evaluate the subject’s skills related to the job through multiple assessment methods such as personality profiling tests, psychologist interviews, and interviews with multiple members of your staff. If it’s a personal association, pay close attention to how she handles life’s everyday stressful occurrences.
  3. Place the subject in simulated high-pressure situations as part of your pre-employment screening process to get the real personality to emerge. If he is a personal interest, one of the best ways to ferret out any red flags is long-distance travel with him (once you’re sure he’s not dangerous).
  4. Conventional security investigation companies like First Advantage charge $2000 and up to look into any possible red flag background matters, including getting feedback from people who are acquainted with the subject. Keep in mind though that $2000 is the very low end of the price scale and that $7500 and much more is regularly quoted to thoroughly investigate a subject. It often takes a lot of billable hours to find actual red flags. Also keep in mind that some villains are very good at evading detection, so no matter how much the investigators dig they may not find anything.
  5. Consider unconventional security investigations as a reliable, fast, and cost-effective addition to your usual course of action.

Your desires, fears, and defenses influence your gut feelings, so it’s best to avoid relying entirely on your instincts.

Your first impression may be that he is a good match for the job when he isn’t, or that your kids are safe around her, when they aren’t, or that that prospective business partner is ideal when he isn’t.

Unfortunately, gut instinct doesn’t consistently detect a person’s true motivations, especially when stress or emotions cloud your perspective.

Take the time and resources to bring to light any hidden personality red flags of new people in your life before they rob you of more time and money than you thought imaginable.

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo

How to Identify Overindulgence and Excess

Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Destructive pleasure seeking, such as drug use or regularly having too much to drink, is a dangerous trap that creeps up on a person and can destroy their life and the lives of those around them.

A life of excess may also include other types of hedonism, such as junk food addiction leading to obesity and serious health problems.

Sometimes the problem is temporary, such as with high school and college kids who go through an experimentation phase, but with other people it’s a serious problem that calls for treatment.

Identifying overindulgence and problematic self-gratification is sometimes easy if a person is already traipsing along the edge of disaster, but frequently it’s difficult to spot before it’s too late.

Hidden unhealthy excess is unlikely to be an area of direct focus for a hiring manager because it’s not directly related to the skills demanded of the job. Although many companies require mandatory drug testing, many don’t, most tests are easy to cheat, and it’s not easy to test for other problems like alcoholism.

It’s a significant topic of interest for those who have their livelihood at stake, such as a business owner who wants to check out a potential business partner, employee, or spouse.

In identifying problematic overindulgence, I measure the following traits, along with others, through handwriting analysis:

  1. Lack of control, which is a sure sign a person can’t stop.
  2. Excess rationalization, which equates to fooling one’s self that the problem isn’t a problem.
  3. A person’s motivation being largely pleasure, instead of, for example, money, altruism, ego needs, or leadership, which is a sign they’ll have too much of a good thing too often.
  4. A weak ego, or poor ego strength, which is a bad sign for overindulgence and addiction.
  5. Excessive resentment–although being occasionally resentful doesn’t mean you have a problem with overconsumption, those with addiction problems frequently have above average levels of resentment.
  6. Escapist and surrender tendencies, which are common with those who have overindulgence problems.
  7. Excessive secretiveness, which is a common trait of those living a life of excess.

In addition to handwriting analysis, distinct patterns in the comprehensive astrology and numerology charts alert me to overindulgence problems. Precarious, personal, collective timing alone won’t signal trouble, but paired with problematic natal/personality patterns it does.

Although the cost of security investigations and non-traditional investigations such as mine may seem expensive, one major mishap by those prone to intemperance can destroy livelihoods and, or relationships. It pays to limit your risk before it’s too late.

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo

10 Common Traits of Mentally Strong People‏

Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Mental strength, or fortitude, is a key component to success.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fortitude as, “…strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage.”

I recently reflected on the idea of mental toughness when I was severely jet-lagged due to a more than twelve-hour time difference, and sleep deprived from only about six hours sleep in three days. It’s what allows you to press ahead, clearing obstacles in your path, without letting anything bother you.

Below I list what I believe are ten common traits of mentally strong people.

  1. A healthy ego equates to a lack of insecurity and a strong sense of self-worth. A person who has a healthy ego doesn’t need any outside validation. They don’t have an endless need for appreciation and can easily handle rejection.
  2. Emotional problems detract from mental aptitude and strength. Mentally strong people commonly possess exceptional emotional maturity and balance.
  3. Although stubbornness is generally referred to as a personality red flag, it does seem to go hand in hand with mental toughness, as do determination and persistence.
  4. A self-disciplined individual may sometimes be restless, but he doesn’t surrender. Self-discipline is undoubtedly one of the most important keys to success.
  5. Optimism, or a lack of despair, certainly helps to maintain mental strength.
  6. The inability to let go of past wrongs and perceived injustices detract from fortitude. A lack of excessive resentment is a big plus for maintaining strong-mindedness.
  7. Decisiveness is crucial to avoid the anxiety that comes with not being able to make a decision.
  8. Clear thinking, the ability to put aside the toxic, repetitive thought patterns that bounce around your mind, is a core component of mental strength.
  9. Mentally strong people, generally, lack extreme subconscious fears and defenses.
  10. A lack of a victim mentality, refusing to play the poor me game, is a sure sign of mental strength.

All of the aforementioned personality qualities, negative and positive, are readily appraised through my unconventional security investigations.

Some of the more esoteric and, or more difficult to measure common traits of mentally strong individuals include the following: detachment from outcomes, and focus on the process while doing one’s best; talent for being in the present moment; ability to disassociate oneself from dark thoughts when at one’s weakest point; ability to recognize that which isn’t changeable, and acceptance of it entirely; contentment with extended periods of solitude.

Although it may be easier to evaluate mental strength than maximize it, a healthy lifestyle goes a long way to increase your fortitude.

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo