5 Element Personality Quiz

The Chinese spent a lot of time observing the natural world, trying to understand the phenoma of nature such as seasons, cycle of birth/death and patterns of transformation and changes in the universe. These observations were later interpreted as the 5 Element theory. This theory asserts substances can be divided into 1 of the 5 basic elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal. Each element has associated core emotions and virtues that are expressed in balance or in imbalance. Everyone has some characteristic of each of the 5 Elements. This 20 questions quiz is an indicator of your current dominant element. It is designed to identify tendencies towards imbalances. Answer "Yes" if you tend to agree with the question and believe it applies to you in your current life and expresses most of the time. Answer "No" if you tend to disagree with the question or if it doesn't apply to you or only applies occasionally. For more information on how to balance each element, visit my website: www.creatingspacetherapies.com.au

Do you tend to become frustrated when things don’t happen fast enough?

Are you having difficulties trusting people easily?

Do you tend to put the needs of others ahead of your own?

Do you suffer from fear or anxiety?

Do you have difficulties feeling good about yourself or feeling worthy?

Do you find it difficult to let go of things and tend to hold on?

Are you constantly worrying or find it difficult to concentrate?

Are you indecisive and find it hard to know what is right for you?

I am generally a happy-go-lucky person and enjoy life.

I am not comfortable being emotional or vulnerable

Do you have trouble seeing the humorous side of life and laughing easily at problems?

Do you carry a lot of tension in your muscles ?

Do you tend to offer way too many details when talking about an event or a problem?

Do you often feel guilty even when you should not be?

Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep?

Do you have digestive issues (including bloating, gas, feeling heavy or soft-stool) or tend to lose or gain weight easily?

Do you have eye problems: vision, redness, dryness etc?

Do you suffer from breathing difficulties: e.g asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath ?

Do you have urinary problems, a low libido or suffer from premature ejaculation ?

Do you suffer from lower back pain, knee pain or tight hamstrings?

WATER: Winter – the Kidneys – the Will

WATER: Winter – the Kidneys – the Will

Water: The Sage
The Water element represents Qi energy at its most consolidated and essential form. Like the seed of a plant, it contains within itself the potential for growth & development.
It represents energy to transform fear and doubt to wisdom and trust and to promote acceptance of the unknown as part of life. Water types are always on quest for knowledge and information.
When Water element is in harmony, we are determined, resourceful and wise. Like the Sage we have patience and wisdom to know when to pull back and conserve, achieve stillness and quiet as well as the knowledge to draw from reserves without draining them.
Fear is felt when the Water element is in disharmony. In response, we will either withdraw or seek to control our environment and become restless and over-driven.

Virtue: inner wisdom and will
Emotions and organs: kidneys, bladder; fear, withdrawal, control;
Clinical symptoms: developmental delay; infertility; bone loss; low back pain; oedema

WOOD : Spring – the Liver – the Ethereal Soul

WOOD : Spring – the Liver – the Ethereal Soul

Wood: The Visionary & The Warrior
The Wood element relates to the smooth flow of Qi energy as it expands and rises, and is like the shoot of a plant. It embodies activity, growth and change.
The main organ is the Liver which is responsible for ensuring the smooth flow of Qi energy throughout the body/mind.
When in balance, Wood types are creative, adventurous and can maintain a vision of where they want to get to in the future and how they can make it happen. In this state they are also flexible to change directions are required. They seek independence and freedom.
In imbalance, they can get very stuck and become frustrated or angry. They can fall into excessive planning and become list makers. They can become inflexible, confused and unable to make decisions.

Virtue: the ability to see inside: benevolence
Organs & emotions: liver, gall bladder; anger, frustration, courage, judgement
Clinical symptoms: Headaches; stiff, aching joints or muscles; PMS; visual problems

FIRE: Summer – the Heart – the Mind

FIRE: Summer – the Heart – the Mind

Fire: The Lover and Protector of the Heart
The Fire element represents nature in its most exuberant phase. A metaphor for a plant would be its flower in full bloom. The Fire energy is the source of joy, happiness and emotional protection for the Heart. Fire types are generally extroverts and high energy.
When in balance, they are open-hearted, optimist, comfortable with intimacy, joyful, generous. They are often the life of the party. They can express and communicate their emotions easily without feeling vulnerable to hurt or betrayal.
When in imbalance, they can close down, confuse elation for joy. They can become shy, over-sensitive and submissive or can be domineering and intimidating.

Virtue: joy, and instinctively knowing how to act appropriately (propriety)
Organs and emotions: heart, pericardium, small intestine, sanjiao; elation, hurt
Clinical symptoms:Cardiac disease; mental disorders; temperature regulation; insomnia

EARTH: Late Summer – the Spleen-Pancreas – the Intellect

EARTH: Late Summer – the Spleen-Pancreas – the Intellect

Earth: The Mother and Provider
The Earth element is symbolic of the harvest, where mother earth provides its bounty. It relates particularly to nurture and nourishment. Hence its archetype, the mother, a pillar of her family and community, a source of unconditional love and support.
In balance Earth types are thoughtful, empathetic and caring. They experience satisfaction and fulfillment and are able to nourish themselves.
An imbalance of Earth can manifest in an overprotective attitude, as in the person who
continually worries about those who they are close to. They can become overly self-sacrificing and put others needs before their own. They can also be dependent and needy, seeking attention and care. Unable to nurture themselves they may look for nurture from others.
Virtue: being true to oneself: integrity; true intent
Organs and emotions: Earth: spleen, stomach; over-sensitivity, worry, over-thinking
Clinical symptoms: Digestive issues; weight problems; low energy or appetite

METAL: Autumn – the Lungs – the Bodily Soul

METAL: Autumn – the Lungs – the Bodily Soul

Metal: The Alchemist
The Metal element represents both the interchange and synthesis of Qi energy. The leaf of a plant is symbolic of metal in that it “breathes” for the plant, taking in sunlight and air
and letting go of oxygen. The big themes for Metal are letting go of loss and recognizing one's own inherent value.
In balance, Metal types have the ability to find what is unique, valuable, worthwhile in themselves, others and in daily life. They can deal well with loss by appropriate grieving and are also able to let go of upsets, grudges or negative emotions.
In imbalance, they can become unable to fully let go and move on.They can feel separate from others and disconnected from spirit. They may seek to establish value through their actions, their possessions and by wearing a mask that they think other people will acknowledge.

Virtue: embodying spirit
Organs and emotions: lung, large intestine; grief, loss, guilt
Clinical symptoms: Asthma, cough, sinus & skin issues, constipation

Which of the 5 elements is your dominant element?

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Do you tend to become frustrated when things don’t happen fast enough?