This person often has a strong, lean physique, with long, large bones, a sculptured, narrow face, deep-set eyes, narrow shoulders with wider hips, and long fingers and toes. They are articulate, clever, and introspective. They may seem self-contained and self-sufficient. They have penetrating and scrutinizing minds, and often have well-developed critical thinking skills. They are curious, seeking knowledge and trying to understand. They prefer to remain hidden, enigmatic, and anonymous.
They may come across as emotionally inaccessible and distant. They may struggle with isolation and loneliness. They may seem tactless, unforgiving, and suspicious. They might be labeled eccentric or fanciful. Physically, they may suffer from backache, chilliness, frigidity, hardening of the arteries, and problems with teeth and gums.
Does this sound like you? If so, you are a Water type, a Philosopher, as explained in Beinfield and Korngold's book Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine. The Water type's power comes from their ability to conceive, concentrate, and conserve. However, they need to balance their toughness, bluntness, and detachment with tenderness, sensitivity, and openness.
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