Many people today are interested in knowing themselves better, as evidenced by the popularity of personality tests online and in magazines. They want to know the reason behind their responses to situations. Read more...
Many people today are interested in knowing themselves better, as evidenced by the popularity of personality tests online and in magazines. They want to know the reason behind their responses to situations. In this book, Dondi Dahlin shows us that we are all born with individual rhythms that go beyond the influence of our genes and upbringing.
The five elements originated in ancient Chinese medicine over 2,000 years ago--when scholars theorized that the universe is composed of five forces: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Understanding these elements helps us stay in balance physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. By explaining the efficacy of wood, the depth of water, the joy of fire, the compassion of earth, and the wisdom of metal, this book helps people understand themselves and form lasting connections to others, answering the age-old question of why we do what we do."
- ISBN-13: 9780399176296
- ISBN-10: 0399176292
- Publisher: Tarcherperigee
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 320
- Dimensions: 7 x 7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Acclaimed dancer, teacher, and speaker Dahlin (The Little Book of Energy Medicine) proposes that human behavior, emotions, and health are influenced by the five elements—earth, fire, metal, water, and wood—and that personalities can be distinguished by them. What do Angelina Jolie and Barack Obama have in common? They both possess the metal personality type, according to the Five Elements Personality Type System. Dahlin credits this Chinese system for strengthening her ability to get along with others and helping her negotiate tricky situations in work and uncomfortable phases in relationships. In this study of the human experience, Dahlin encourages readers to reexamine and expand what they think they know about themselves and others by studying the traits of the different five elements. Each chapter focuses on one of the five elements, describing the attributes of each, such as the fact that earth personalities are drawn to people in need, fire personalities are impulsive, and water personalities live to eat. The fun personality-assessment quiz included in each chapter allows each reader to easily identify his or her dominant element, and the last chapter delves into how each element interacts with the others. Readers who are open to these teachings and wonder why people do what they do will have their questions answered many times over. (Oct.)