Chinese Face Reading; Wood Element Personality

When you first start looking for 5 elements in people, the easiest one to spot is the unbalanced Wood predominant person. They can often be picked out of a crowd a block away. Unbalanced Wood energy presents as being hypervigilant and defensive of his/her own boundaries and completely oblivious to the boundaries of others. Thus their behavior, when unbalanced, is often the most disruptive to others of any element. They are the violent criminals, the corrupt policeman, and the aggressive lawyers. They are the combative client, abusive spouse, and narcissistic sports star.When balanced, the Wood element is compassionate, entrepreneurial, and is a protective (rather than abusive) force in the world.

Wood Element personality

This is perhaps the easiest of the elements to grasp since we are an extremely wood society. It has also been the male ideal personality, and increasingly for women as well. The balanced Wood personality is confident, assertive, bold, ambitious, competitive, powerful, direct, committed, and decisive. This is certainly our cultural ideal, but often we also find examples of the unbalanced Wood personality which, if excess is the stereotypical Type A personality: aggressive, arrogant, reckless, stressed, antagonistic, tyrannical, and confrontational. Anger is the main issue for Wood types and in the case of Wood deficient types that anger is turned inward in the form of depression. They tend to be entrepreneurs and achievers. In terms of addiction alcohol, opiates, and amphetamines are drugs of choice. Health problems tend towards stress, hormonal imbalance, gallstones, hepatitis, fatty liver, and other Liver and Gallbladder organ system disorders.

Physical Wood Characteristics

Face: Wood characteristics are the traditional ideal of male attractiveness, and increasingly so for women as well. The form of the face is square or a tall rectangle. The most prominent features are strong eyebrows/brow bones and a strong chin. There is often a square jaw. The eyes are very intense and penetrating.

Body: It is sinewy, lean, muscular, supple, with Broad shoulders.

Famous Examples: Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Arnold Schwarznegger, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Garner

For more information we suggest our teacher, Patrician McCarthy’s site.

Further Reading:
The Face Reader by Patrician McCarthy
Face Reading in Chinese Medicine by Lillian Bridges
The Power of Face Reading by Rose Rosetree
Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold -simple, straightforward 5 Element explanation


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