Discrimination. Purity. Ultimate truth. Metal types, like Wood types, are partial to seeing the world in black and white. Detail-oriented perfectionists, they may physically look dainty and fragile, and yet, seem invulnerable. Metal types find it difficult to confide and connect with others, and can appear aloof. Underneath that aloofness though, there’s often a deep sadness. The Metal Type needs acknowledgement. It’s important to them that what they do matters. They can be more existential than most in their approach to life, dissatisfied by simple pleasures or superficial friendships. Like a miner looking for gems in the earth, they’re looking for a treasure in the dross.
The Metal type can feel like something is missing from life. They search for meaning. Perfection or completion is a driving force for them. For many, the ultimate connection is with the spirit, however they may choose to define it. Conversely, the Metal type may become cynical and resigned.
Physically, Metal types may have a catch in the voice, as if they were sad, or a voice that trails off at the end. The chest may be caved in, or they could have slumped shoulders. Lungs and the large intestines are weak points for Metal types, and sometimes, they can have weak immune systems.
The Metal type is prone to criticism, so here’s an exercise in giving compliments, adapted from “Healing your Emotions,” by Angela and John Hicks. The purpose of this exercise is to help you give praise, and notice how people receive it. This may also make it easier for you to accept praise and a pat on the back, instead of shrugging it off.
- Think of something you could say to someone that would compliment or indicate your respect for that person. Pick someone you see in your daily routine. Make a note formulating your thought, if necessary. Best are compliments that
- Arise from information you have about that person.
- Refer to something that would be important to them.
- Possibly refer to an inner quality, rather than an outer one. (Don’t take the easy way out a compliment them on their outfit.)
- When you next see the person, give them the compliment. Note how thy take it in. Do they take it in
- With verbal acknowledgement such as “thank you.”
- With a disclaimer.
- Shrugging or avoiding eye-contact.
It’s easier for some people to deal with compliments than others, but even those that seem uncomfortable at the time might benefit. Speculate about the consequences. Some things that could happen…
- That person might have had a better day.
- Your words might have changed their view of themselves.
- Their relationship with someone else might improve.