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Sex, Lies, and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  390 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Have you ever looked at someone and thought: He looks honest.

She seems friendly.

He doesn't look like a serial killer.

Are you always right?

Looks can be deceiving, but handwriting never lies. Handwriting profiling is an amazingly accurate tool for assessing how people think, feel, and act. In fact, handwriting profiling is so accurate that the FBI, the CIA, and the Israeli i...more
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Free Press
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Lain
I've been interested in handwriting analysis since I was in my teen years, but I've found so many of the books on the topic to read like dry, boring textbooks. Not so with Michelle Dresbold's book. From the first page, Dresbold grabs the readers and entertains while instructing. I read the entire book in one day because I was so enthralled with her examples, her writing, and her information.

I particularly liked the structure of the book, how she moved from some general information into more spec...more
Sue
It took me a long time to get through this book about handwriting analysis, mostly because once you get past the initial section that offers the basics on handwriting quirks, it reads like the same thing over and over. Dresbold, a handwriting expert who writes a newspaper column and often works with the courts and law enforcement to help solve crimes via handwriting, spends most of the book going through famous murders and other crimes. She offers samples of the suspects’ handwriting and explain...more
Mary
Sex, Lies, and Handwriting is like when you uncharacteristically grab a copy of Us Weekly and revel in the gossip and intrigue. ... But in a good way.
It was not as comprehensive as I would have liked, dwelling more on negative aspects that can show up in one's handwriting, and focussing on that of serial killers and politicians more so than leaders or heroes. But that was what made it juicy and fun to read. It was sensationalistic, over-the-top. Easy to read, quick to get through, and, as much...more
mgd
Sep 07, 2008 mgd rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: psychology, profling, serial killers, police procedurals, Jack the Ripper, Jon-Benet Ramsey
I liked this book 400% times more than the title. The title makes it sound like a cheap rip-off paperback. In fact, while the book is very readable and does not take a scholarly tone, there is great credibility to the authors years of experience, training with the FBI and association with the Pittsburgh, and other, police departments. Especially interesting is her analysis of notes allegedly from Jack the Ripper, and also the notes associated with the Jon-Benet Ramsey case. I felt I had been ins...more
Kara
This is a cool book but I got halfway through it and became tired of all the real life examples of people sending in writing samples of their abusive partners. Do you really need a handwriting analyst to tell you that your husband who beats you is a bad guy? In any event, I turned to the section where she analyzed the JonBenet Ramsey ransom note and then just have the book a rest at that point. Very interesting info that, if you can remember it, can be applicable in your daily life. Would've bee...more
Cassie
This was the first non-fiction book that I have ever read the whole thing. It wasn't those boring non-fiction books with a boring tone to it. The author made it more interesting to read with her style of writing. Personally, I found the parts where she described crime scenes and happenings intriguing, only because I was already interesting in those things and that also added to one of the reasons why I decided to read the book in the first place. From this book I've taken away a bit on how to an...more
Cher
This book is 80 percent fiction, illogical, sensationalistic, etc. It's also fun reading, well written, episodic, full of lots of interesting notes from criminals and pop stars. The majority of her analyses reveal her own bigoted issues. When I look up the actual biographies of the famous criminals/people she's analyzing, I find her research to be nonexistent. Like she is in the right ballpark, but she interprets things in a National enquirer type of gross headline way.
Jae
Mar 16, 2009 Jae added it
amazing read.. definitely worth the time, as i found it read cover to cover with little delay.. i didn't want to put it down (and didn't! i finished it in about an hour)
the idea of drawing the reader in by making the reading interactive was well executed.. the material was given in such a way as not to inundate the reader with technical details or minutia, yet still provide a wealth of information and facts..
all in all, one of the best books i've read to date
Kris Patrick
while fascinating, the author ( publisher?) did not appropriately title this book. More about what handwriting says about serial killers than what handwriting says about you and me, like promised. Sometimes I wonder if I am like one in maybe eight Americans who is not fascinated by serial killers? warning: The writing is super cheesy.
Caroline Kaiser
I've read numerous books on handwriting analysis, but few have been quite as entertaining as this one. Dresbold writes about liars, criminals, murderers, and other miscreants, and the scandalous subject matter is sure to intrigue anyone with even a mild interest in psychology or criminology. She applies her extensive knowledge of handwriting when exploring many notorious cases; her investigation of questions such as who Jack the Ripper really was and whether Lizzie Borden was actually guilty of...more
Dina
Apr 16, 2013 Dina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Very neat and doubles as a collection of true-crime synopses.
My handwriting reveals that I'm an extrovert that loves to meet new people, I'm unpredictable, and I have a healthy relationship with my parents.
Gabriel
I rarely read non-fiction but this book really caught my attention immediately. In fact, I read the book in 2 days flat.
Amanda Bowen
I've read 4 handwriting analysis books so far- this was the first one I picked up. Although I will say it was interesting enough to keep me reading I didn't preen much useful information from it because of the format- or lack thereof. There were introductions into topics one piece at a time and then it would jump to another or say 'you'll learn about this later/we talked about this earlier'. It never seemed like a full-on lesson. And I found it hard to trudge through the pages trying to connect...more
JoJo
i read this book sometime over the summer after my sister read it-

this book was so cool i bought 2 other handwriting analysis books although this one was the most fun to go through. i am now confident i can spot a sex-offender by just a signature....try me!!!

no, seriously, get this book and check it out, you will never look at your co-workers signature in the same way, i guarantee it. after i read it, one of my co-workers stopped signing his name on paperwork. just printed his initials, so if yo...more
Carlo
Definitely not what I expected but great read nonetheless. Don't be deceived by the cheesy self-help title of this book. More than sex and lies the author actually goes deeper by psychoanalyzing the writing of history's most prominent individuals, culminating with well known criminals and serial killers.

"A top expert reveals the secrets in your handwriting" says the book cover, well...not really. This is more like a crash course on spotting negative personality traits in people's handwriting a...more
Carmela Ferriol
I just finished reading this book and found it to be infantile and repetitive. The author could have condensed her already too long version into a one sheet handout and any ordinary semi educated person would have gotten handwriting analysis. Although near the end the three cases that the author glosses over and uses as examples for reader to surmise a whodunit are interesting, there are far too few to make this book even remotely interesting. The last 10 to 20 pages are wasted on correspondence...more
Amy
Easy to read, interesting- could have been better organized, with an index indicating what parts of handwriting were actually being explained in each section, rather than sensationalist chapter names to go with the sensationalist name of the book.
A little skeptical of the analysis- some of the things from my own writing were accurate, but other seemed wrong or at least unreliable predictors.
I would have liked more discussion on how writing utensil affects handwriting (pencil, ballpoint, fountain...more
Doris
Our handwriting is a reflection/expression of who we truly are. Michelle Dresbold obviously loves her craft and you can see it as you learn the different characteristics of handwriting. I didn't want to put this book down. Every free minute i had spent enjoying the real-life examples Dresbold presents as support for her teachings. I immediately started to notice things in my own handwriting as I went along. My only wish was that there was a cheat sheet at the end of the book. I see various types...more
Elizabeth
Aug 21, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lindsey and Brea and anyone else who likes watching CSI-type TV shows
This book was fun! It won't make you an expert, but I still enjoyed attempting to analyze my roommates' handwriting based on what I'd learned. Also includes some fun chapters where Dresbold examines and analyzes the handwriting of some infamous people like Hitler, Manson, and Jack the Ripper. The reason why this book gets three stars instead of four is because Dresbold doesn't explain in much detail the science behind handwriting analysis or why we should believe it's such a powerful tool to pro...more
Jillian
He he he, I'm a pharmacist and know all the doctors in my town better by their handwriting than by their faces. After reading this book I've come to the conclusion that every single one of them is either deceitful, sexually depraved, prone to unconscious violent fantasies, has an over-inflated ego or are possessed by the devil. (Every single one of them draws unconscious phallic symbols as well!) Before, I just assumed they were all too lazy/time poor to write clearly. Now I know better. It's am...more
Alexandra
Apr 23, 2010 Alexandra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Alexandra by: I bought a copy at work
This is an absolutely fascinating book written by Michelle Dresbold, who is a professional handwriting analyst. It's so amazing that you won't want to put it down.

The author provides real handwriting examples from celebrities, to criminals, psychopaths, and even from people who have written to her to have THEIR handwriting analyzed.

Anyone who DOESN'T like this book or gives it a poor rating is obviously upset with the information given about their character through their OWN handwriting!
Chelsea
Really interesting, though I don't think I hold with her "your handwriting tells me everything about you", because according to her rules, I am either possessed by the devil, think I am, or maybe I'm just obsessed with him. (I'm none of those things. Just to be clear.) Her stories are interesting, and she's a good writer. And, okay, though I doubt handwriting analysis is a really strong science, that doesn't mean I didn't go out and get a couple books about it, because it's really interesting.
Cris
This was really fascinating. While it doesn't really have much of real world application unless you know a lot of undesirables, it's still interesting, especially the stuff about Jack the Ripper. The book mostly revolves around particular ticks in the handwriting of criminals, so if you're looking for something to help you with your own handwriting, this probably isn't the book you want. I'm still not sure how much I believe in handwriting analysis, but it's still a fun ride.
Anna
Very interesting book! This book basically analyzes the handwriting of psychopaths, serial killers and other criminals so you have to take things with a grain of salt if you're examining your own handwriting. A lot of the basic stuff she says about reading handwriting is true (by this I mean common sense) and it's a fun book to play around with. Don't read it an night though; reading about Ted Bundy before you go to bed is never a good idea. I'm purchasing a copy for my home library.
Elyse
To be perfectly honest, I thought handwriting analysis was a bunch of bunk before reading this book. But Michelle Dresbold made a believer out of me. It is of course still subjective and subject to interpretation, but still fascinating.

Maybe it's my enjoyment of true crime, but what I really loved this book was the focus on serial killers and other criminals (especially her solutions to famous crimes like Jack the Ripper in the back of the book).
Lady_lit
Normally, these books can be either ambitious or monotonous while being dually tedious. Dresbold shirks that reputation and with an approachable and enthusiastic manner, uses fascinating examples delivered in an intriguing manner to gain the reader's apreciation. Informative without being repetitive and not too long or too short, it truly is an insightful read behind theory of understanding handwriting without being woo woo .
Liz
I was excited about reading this book, but was ultimately disappointed. After reading this book, I am of the opinion that handwriting profiling is a bunch of malarkey similar to palm reading and phrenology. The author supposedly assits law enforcement agenices around the county to identify criminal suspects. However, the book does not discuss a single case that the author actually worked on.
Michelle
I'm happy to report the handwriting samples that Todd and I reviewed for each other are pretty benign. We have none of the characteristic marks of liars or serial murderers. The author points out interesting handwriting styles, but I should have known by the title it would be predominantly about miscreants in society, not about handwriting in general.
Kat Davis
This was a fascinating read. Well written and easy to follow with ample examples. My partner does not believe in handwriting analysis so we did an analysis based on the information in this book. It described her to a T. I don't think I will ever look at other people's notes in the same way again. This book has inspired me to find out more about the topic.
ccbreland
This book was mentioned on one of my genealogy blogs as being a good way to analyze your ancestors' handwriting. It's very readable, with lots of examples. One quibble is that she concentrates on spotting the bad guys; I'd love more examples on how to spot someone who is honest, faithful, and compassionate by their handwriting.
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Michelle Dresbold has been called the Sherlock Holmes of handwriting. For the past 10 years, she has been helping law enforcement agencies around the country put away the "bad guys."

A graduate of the United States Secret Service's Advanced Document Examination training program, Michelle consults to private attorneys, police departments, and prosecutors throughout the United States. She is conside...more
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