Do you ever feel that as life goes on, you meet people who seem similar in ways physically, behaviorally or emotionally? There may be something to your hunch.

In the sphere of Chinese medical thought, there are five major personality types with 5 divisions. These five major personality types correspond with the Chinese classification of the five elements being wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The five divisions are combinations among the five personality types for example, a wood/fire type.   All together, 25 types of people.  

Let’s take a look at the water type.

Firstly, the appearance. Water types often have a relatively big head with small and narrow shoulders and a thick waist. The hands and feet move smoothly and the upper and lower back are long. They tend to retain water and their bodies are soft and fleshy.

As for behavior, water types are superficially calm and easy going. they are creative, flexible and love change. They can at times lack self confidence and yet they can come accross as assertive. They are often fearful of natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes, floods and heights.

As for body language, or tells in the FBI!, they are smooth talkers who can diverge from the topic of discussion with ease. They love to tease and insult and can use extremely mean words when angry.

As for interests and inclinations, you might find them hanging out in lounges with dim lighting and laid back environment.  They like puzzles and games of vaious types like chess. As for food, they prefer salty and spicy foods, not caring much for foods that are sweet.

The kidney is ruled by water. Water personalities often suffer problems related to the kidneys and all that it rules (from a Chinese medicine perspective). Back pain, lack of sexual drive, menstrual difficulties can be common.  Kidney or bladder problems, poor circulation, blood pressure and blood sugar problems, water retention are also possible.

Generally speaking, we have a person who is often informal and not straightforward is easy going yet can at times complain.


Reference: Adapted from Stephen T. Chang, The Great Dao

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