Eastern Philosophy's Analysis of Personalities

October 28, 2018

More than seven centuries ago, Asians began to study nature, and determined that there are five elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal that make up everything in our world. Each is necessary to maintain balance within the earth. According to this philosophy, each of us has all five elements within us to one degree or another. Just as we were born with DNA that produces lighter or darker skin, or a specific eye color, we were born with these five elements within us. 

The percentage of one element compared to the others is what gives all people similar qualities, and simultaneously makes each individual different from another. Very few (if any) people are equally balanced with 20% of each element being present within them. The element with the highest percentage indicates the personality traits or state of being more dominantly present in each of us. This identification helps to determine each person’s strengths, as well as weaknesses in our relationships with others. For the sake of clarity, transformations will speak of these interaction styles in more Western terms: the Philosopher, the Team Builder, the Creator, the Networker, and the Manager. 

The Philosopher...

 

…can see the big picture and is skilled at communicating in a clear and concise manner. This person is also good at setting limits and evaluation. This person tends to be an introvert, needing personal space and some solitude to be most productive.

The Creator...

 

…is an infectious optimist who is very innovative and motivational. This person works well with others and is good at conflict resolution. Creators often lack focus and the ability to follow tasks through to their completion. This groundbreaker personality is best suited for creating and transforming ideas, rather than carrying out plans.

The Networker... 

…is very perceptive and intuitive, usually able to shed light on situations with good judgment regarding people and situations. This person can provide a concise (although sometimes exaggerated) point of view. Known to be very charismatic, this person needs a lot of support from their many friends so that they don't have times when they feel burned out. 

The Team Builder...

 

 

…is dependable and accommodating, and their prime directive in life is to serve others, always striving to maintain harmony. This person has the ability to focus on group dynamics and physical surroundings. Skilled at facilitating and supportive roles, acknowledgement is very important.

The Manager...

 

…tends to be action-oriented and focused solely on accomplishment. Order and control are highly valued by this person, and thus are sometimes viewed as arrogant and/or insensitive. Because our culture values this person’s ability to get the job done, he/she is often rewarded with leadership positions, and is seen as an effective strategist.

Did you see yourself as one of these personalities? More likely, you saw a friend, a co-worker or your life partner as one of these types. We are all at least a tiny bit of each, but most people have a primary role they can identify, as well as a secondary strength.

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If you would like to know more about yourself and others, and how you can more effectively work together within your organization, or create a more joyful and fulfilling relationship with a partner (your spouse or significant other), please respond via email with comments or questions.  We would love to hear from you!  If you would like to learn more about the Five Elements, tune into our Facebook page on Wed., Nov. 7 at 10:00 AM PST (1:00 PM Eastern Time) when we do a Facebook Live session.

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