Category Archives: Personality types

Wood

Wood

Wood

The Wood type is associated with spring and the time when  vegetation begins to grow. As a Wood type, you’re concerned with boundaries and structure. The boundaries are there to guide you on your journey, because you’re always off on a new quest. (I understand the Wood types quite well). You’re linear, motivated. and hard-working. Your challenge comes when the boundaries become stifling, and the structure you’ve built doesn’t take you where you want to go. Frustration and anger are things that Wood Elements frequently struggle with

You can recognize a Wood type by their intense gaze, tense muscles, and tight jaws. They can appear impatient. Health challenges include digestive problems and headaches.

The Five Elements tea blend contains green tea, for concentration, licorice, known as gan cao in Chinese Medicine, and used to relax and smooth tight muscles. Fennel and orange peel support digestion, especially if you’ve just gulped your food, as Wood types tend to do. (Please note this is not a medicinal tea, just an herbal blend to remind you to relax, even as you work.) The orange peel and lemon grass add a refreshing, slightly sour, note. The taste associated with the Wood Element is sour.

Below an exercise adapted from the book Transforming Your Dragons. Because a balanced Wood type can visualize the future so clearly, they often live in their future goals, rather than the present. Planning and organizing are good traits, but taken in the extreme, they leave you addicted to busyness.

Try this:

Have some unstructured time. This means you have a period, anywhere from five minutes to a few hours, where you do not have a plan for what you are doing. You might find yourself gathering material in anticipation of this: newspapers you haven’t read, mending you need to do.

Don’t. When the period arises, just let yourself be. You might just sit and think somewhere quiet outside, go for a walk, or listen to some music.

The Wood Type: Born to lead

Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Water

The Water Type

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Like the Wood type, Water types can be very determined and strong. But while Wood is all flash and dash, impatient to get to the goal, and never satisfied, a Water type moves forward very carefully. The Water type is inherently suspicious, and will ask the same question different ways to make sure he gets to the same conclusion.

Their deliberate, calm manner and assurance can conceal anxieties and irrational fears. While Earth Types may worry about the welfare of others, the Water type is concerned about danger. The fear they experience may be almost paralyzing, and extreme cases, Water types will have a stillness about them, and a monotonous, hushing voice, that suggests they wish to escape notice. Nevertheless, they have strong will-power and endurance, and usually get what they want.

A Water type will not seek out a direct confrontation. It would be more their way to be passive, and elusive. They’re comfortable working alone, and though they can work very hard, they need times of replenishment and withdrawal. Unlike the Metal Type that is drawn towards detail and complexity, the Water Type is engaged by the purity of simplicity.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Kidney and Bladder meridians are associated with the Water Element, and Water types may experience problems with their lower back, knees, or bones in general.

The TCM Bladder meridian follows all along the spine before it descends down the back of the legs, and ends at the little toe.

The following exercise was adapted from Pamela Ferguson’s book, “The Self-Shiatsu Handbook.” You can work along the Bladder meridian with your knuckles while standing, going all the way down to your sacrum. Even better is the position known as the Child’s Pose, in yoga. Your back will be naturally relaxed in this position, allowing you to work deeper.

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Water Type people:

Quiet but charismatic, the enigma of the water type: Liam Neeson

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