What is the science behind handwriting analysis?

The handwriting analysis term used was graphology, which was coined in 1875 by a Frenchman called Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon. The word actually comes from two Greek words - graphein, to write and logos, account. Abbé's methods of handwriting analysis were simple, and created interest amongst the Victorians for whom it became part parlour game and part legitimate enquiry. The handwriting analysis term used was graphology, which was coined in 1875 by a Frenchman called Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon. The word actually comes from two Greek words - graphein, to write and logos, account. Abbé's methods of handwriting analysis were simple, and created interest amongst the Victorians for whom it became part parlour game and part legitimate enquiry.