Psychodiagnostic Chirology (PDC) is a comprehensive discipline in psychological diagnosis. It is described as biometric because it is the physical development of the hand that is the source of all the relevant information. The PDC analyst studies dermatoglyphic skin patterns including the familiar lines, factors of elasticity and rigidity, factors of thickness and thinness, shape of the palm, shape of the fingers, musculature, fingernails, and much more. It is correct to say that absolutely everything that describes a hand delivers critical information about the owner of the hand.
The PDC diagnostic discipline was developed in Israel by Dr. Arnold Holtzman. Several of his textbooks on PDC continue to have a worldwide distribution. It is important to emphasize that PDC is the only system of psychological hand analysis that has been laboratory tested at two leading universities. It received much academic recognition including a paper in the highly respected journal Psychiatry Research.
PDC provides the analyst with an immediate understanding of how early childhood experiences, including emotional traumas, parental failure and other attachment issues were responsible for the psychological constitution and emotional development of the individual.
The huge advantage of PDC is that the individual does not have to verbalize how and what he feels and experiences. The hands deliver this information very eloquently. We know that many serious and difficult life events are often repressed or denied by the conscious mind. But nothing is forgotten in the subconscious mind and this is often what is responsible for the direction and quality of a person’s life.
Equally important, a competent PDC analysis will identify an individual´s true needs and genuine potential, and so contribute to that person’s drive toward self-fulfillment and self-actualization.