Saturday, September 12, 2015

What Personality Type are You? Part 2

     Here is the first quiz toward understanding your underlying personality type, according to the Chinese elemental theories explained by Beinfield and Korngold in Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine

     This first personality type usually has a muscular, square physique, a swarthy complexion, and strong, slim hands and feet.  They seek out challenges and push things to the limit.  They enjoy pressure and do well under stress.  They enjoy speed, novelty, and skill. They love action, movement, and adventure.  They tend to be leaders and enjoy being the first, best and only.  Their confidence may sometimes come across as arrogance. 

      They have problems with being intolerant and impatient.  They often have volatile emotions.  They tend toward extremes -- either very impulsive/self-indulgent or else over-disciplined/self-punishing.  They may abuse stimulants or sedatives.

     Does this sound like you?  If so, you are a Wood, a Pioneer.  You need to balance your intensity with flexibility, allowing you to retreat and yield when necessary and to surge ahead when it's called for. 

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