Assess Your Energy

This Five Element Personality Questionnaire is extracted with permission from “Between Heaven and Earth” written by Harriet Beinfield & Efrem Korngold

Determine your Energy Composition

This questionnaire was originally a diagnostic tool for acupuncturists to get a clear reading of a person’s energy composition for more effective treatments. It is thought it would also work for Chinese astrology and Feng Shui. If you’re curious about yourself, read on!

The five phases refer to Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water in Eastern philosophy. The Principle of the Five Phases (known as the Wu Xing in Chinese) describes the flow of Qi and the balance of yin and yang.

According to the principle, all change — in the universe and in your body — occurs in five distinct stages. Each of these stages is associated with a particular time of year, a specific element in nature, and a pair of organs in the body. Change links together the seasons of the year, aspects of nature, and your body’s organs and bodily processes. A practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine uses this principle to diagnose and treat health problems, linking specific foods, herbs, and acupuncture points to the restoration of yin-yang and Qi.

This questionnaire is based on the 5 phases as they relate to physical and psychological health. Usually calculations are based on your moment of birth, which can be inaccurate to some degree. The beauty of this questionnaire is that it is a reading of your 5 phases, as they exist now, according to your own testimony. Since no one knows what phase the questions relate to until completion of the questionnaire, it is also unbiased.

When you analyze the results, you not only have a clear picture of which elements predominate, you also see which elements are deficient. That way you not only learn, for instance, that you mostly relate to life as a “Wood” person, you can also become aware of the need to compensate for a weak “Earth”.

So now here is the test in it’s entirety and don’t peek to see what phase you are relating to until after you finish.

And do not put down what you want to be instead of what you are or it won’t be accurate.

Score each question like this:

+2 If the question sounds a lot like you

+1 If it is somewhat like you

0 is neutral.

-1 is not much like you,

-2 is nothing like you.

If you hate questionnaires and refuse to do it, you are more than likely a” Wood” person! For everyone else, go ahead and Assess your Composition.


__Are you a natural born initiator?

__Do you have problems with authority figures?

__Do you suffer from migratory pains?

__Do you act assertively and confidently?

__Does other people’s slowness and clumsiness irritate you?

__Do you like struggling against great odds to prove to others you can do it?

__Are you frequently doing something or going somewhere?

__Do you have high blood pressure?

__Have you often been told you don’t compromise much?

__Do you have to be the first and best?

__Does confinement and sitting quietly drive you crazy?

__Do you get frequent muscle cramps?

__Do you like to make the rules and then break them?

__Are you passionate about everything you do?

__Do you pioneer new trails wherever you go?

__Do your nails alternate between hard and thick and dry and brittle?

__Are you impatient with uncommitted people with no direction?

__Are you afraid to show vulnerability?

__Have you ever had tendinitis?

__Do you love speed and adventure?

__Do you tend to manipulate people and situations to get what you want?

__Is controlling your anger one of your biggest problems?

__Do you find any kind of restraint insufferable?

__Do you do your best work under pressure?

__Are you characterized as a type “A” personality?


__Do you spend a lot of time and energy consciously seeking the divine?

__Do you have an enlarged or weak heart?

__Are you charismatic?

__Do you have an extreme aversion to pain?

__Do you love drama, performing and being in the limelight?

__Are you often spontaneous?

__Do you get sores on your tongue and around your mouth?

__Can’t say NO to anyone?

__Do you tend to be more sensual than your friends?

__Do you love to give your opinion?

__Do you fear separation above all else?

__Are you clever on your feet?

__Do you desire fulfillment more than almost anything?

__Do you bore easily with the dull and ordinary?

__Do your cheeks turn red easily?

__Could you be described as extravagant?

__Are you bright and scintillating at social gatherings?

__Do you have eczema?

__Do you have trouble with boundaries?

__Is the need for intimacy a strong motivation with you?

__Does sharing come easily?

__Are you mostly optimistic and enthusiastic about life?

__Are you strongly empathetic?

__Do you suffer from anxiety and insomnia?


__Do you see yourself as a service oriented person?

__Are you working on being more self-reliant?

__Do your friends often use you as a negotiator?

__Is bloating and water retention a problem?

__Do you struggle with inertia and feel “stuck” sometimes?

__Does nurturing come easy to you?

__Are you haunted with self-doubt?

__Do you like to be in charge, but not in the limelight?

__Does your efficiency leave something to be desired?

__Does your need to be accommodating result in conformity?

__Do you often go through an identity crisis?

__Is a need to belong strong in you?

__Do you suffer with muscle tenderness?

__Are you referred to as a “peacemaker” by your friends?

__Do you regard loyalty as being one of the more important traits in a person?

__Are you quite conservative in your thinking?

__Do you have a strong need to be needed?

__Are you often involved in everybody else’s business?

__Do you suffer with swollen glands and other lymphatic disorders?

__Would you like things more predictable because things are changing too fast?

__Do you tend to be overly protective?

__Do unrealistic expectations leave you disappointed much of the time?

__Do you try to be all things to all people?

__Is there a deep “emptiness” in the pit of your stomach?

__Do you have a squarish, solid physique?


__Are you a “law and order’ person?

__Do you hold righteousness and virtue in high regard?

__Are rituals important to you?

__Do you have stiff joints and muscles?

__Is chaos your enemy?

__Do you have no time for nonsense?

__Do you hold very precise standards?

__Are you really sensitive to temperature changes?

__Are you intolerant of disorder and dissonance?

__Is your skin and hair really dry?

__Do you fear intimacy?

__Do you have a strong aesthetic sense?

__Does carelessness in others drive you up a wall?

__Are you considered cool, dispassionate and distant?

__Do you have a tight chest with dry coughing?

__Are reason and high principles your guiding light?

__Are you a little too strict and nit-picky?

__Do you have refined tastes?

__Have you been called self-righteous?

__Do you have a lot of moles and warts?

__Is social involvement on the bottom of your list of important things to do?

__Do you have sinus problems?

__Does your constant self control drive your spontaneous friends crazy?

__Are you into changing other people?

__Do you suffer from constipation?


__Would you describe yourself as an introspective “loner”?

__Do you have an exaggerated sex drive?

__Is the search for TRUTH a prime motivator in your life?

__Do you hate superficiality in people?

__Are you creative, imaginative and original?

__Are you modest and fear being in the limelight?

__Are you self contained and self sufficient?

__Is deterioration of teeth and gums a problem?

__Do you seek the deep mystery in everything?

__Are you out of touch with your emotions?

__Do you suffer with backaches frequently?

__Are you tactless and even rude occasionally?

__Do you have a very penetrating and critical mind?

__Do you hate waste and conserve everything?

__Is stick-to-it-iveness one of your strongest virtues?

__Do you have hardening of the arteries?

__Is it hard for you to share with others?

__Do you suffer with isolation and loneliness?

__Are you afraid of loosing yourself in others?

__Are you considered enigmatic and eccentric by your friends?

__Do you have remarkable powers of concentration?

__Are you awkward in social circumstances?

__Do you have trouble conforming?

__Have you had kidney or bladder problems?

__Are you watchful and objective with other people?







Accessing your Energy Composition

Now add up each phase by subtracting the negatives from the positives and see which ones have the highest numbers. Often you will have a phase or phases that are negative. This is OK. having a negative number MEANS NOTHING IN ITSELF. The phase with the least amount of negatives is your dominant phase. We are all a mixture of these phases so it is the PROPORTION between them that is important. More than 20 points between the highest and lowest is a sign of imbalance. For instance, examples from dominant to weak might look like this…

WOOD +18, FIRE +9, EARTH -9, METAL -20, WATER +5
This is a WOOD person with a weak EARTH phase.
To balance them, strengthen Fire.


WOOD -25, FIRE -16, EARTH -13, METAL 0, WATER -9
This is a METAL person with a weak WOOD phase.
To help them, strengthen their WATER.


WOOD +6, FIRE +4, EARTH +1, METAL -1, WATER -2
This person is balanced and all they need do is maintain that balance!

With only a rudimentary knowledge of the constructive/destructive 5 phase cycles, you can be creative in finding personalized cures by weakening that which is too strong and strengthening that which is too weak. Good luck with it and I hope you find it useful as part of your present mix of techniques to help yourself.

The constructive cycles of nature:

Water creates/becomes Wood

Wood creates/becomes Fire

Fire creates/becomes Earth

Earth creates/becomes Metal

Metal creates/becomes Water


The destructive cycles of nature:

Water controls/destroys Fire

Fire controls/destroys Metal

Metal controls/destroys Wood

Wood controls/destroys Earth

Earth controls/destroys Water



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