Five Element Questionnaire

To help classify your Five Element nature.

Please put one of the following values next to each question. Do not skip any questions.

+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

Element One

__Are you a natural born initiator?
__Do you have problems with authority figures?
__Do you suffer from pains that migrate?
__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?
__Are you driven 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 like pioneering new trails?
__Do your nails alternate between hard and thick and dry and brittle?
__Are you impatient with uncommitted people?
__Are you afraid to show vulnerability?
__Have you ever had tendonitis?
__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?
__Your favorite color is green.

Element Two

__Would you describe yourself as introspective?
__Do you have a powerful 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?
__Do you have problems with your teeth or gums?
__Do you seek the deep mystery in everything?
__Are you ever out of touch with your emotions?
__Do you suffer with frequent backaches?
__Are you ever tactless and even rude occasionally?
__Do you have a very penetrating and critical mind?
__Do you hate waste and conserve everything?
__Is perseverance one of your strongest virtues?
__Do you have hardening of the arteries?
__Is it hard for you to share with others?
__Do you suffer from 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?
__Your favorite color is blue or black.

Element Three

__Do you spend a lot of time and energy 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 you blush 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?
__Does sharing come easily?
__Are you mostly optimistic and enthusiastic about life?
__Are you strongly empathetic?
__Do you ever suffer from anxiety or insomnia?
__Your favorite color is red?

Element Four

__Are you a "law and order' person?
__Do you hold righteousness and virtue in high regard?
__Are rituals important to you?
__Do you ever have stiff joints and muscles?
__Is chaos your enemy?
__Do you have no time for nonsense?
__Do you hold very precise standards?
__Are you very sensitive to temperature change?
__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 ever experience a tight chest with dry coughing?
__Are reason and high principles your guiding light?
__Are you ever a little too strict and nit-picky?
__Do you have refined tastes?
__Have you been called self-righteous?
__Have you had a number of moles and/or warts?
__Is social involvement on the bottom of your list of important things?
__Do you ever have sinus problems?
__Does your constant self control drive your spontaneous friends crazy?
__Are you into changing other people?
__Do you suffer from constipation?
__Your favorite color is white or silver.

Element Five

__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 ever 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 excessive conformity?
__Do you often go through an identity crisis?
__Do you have a strong need to belong strong?
__Do you ever suffer from 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?
__Is your thinking too conservative?
__Do you have a strong need to be needed?
__Are you often involved in everybody else's business?
__Do you ever suffer with swollen glands or 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 ever a deep "emptiness" in the pit of your stomach?
__Do you have a squarish, solid physique?
__Your favorite color is yellow.

    Add up each section. Often you will have a section or sections that are negative. This is OK. Having a negative number means nothing for an individual element, it is the relationship between elements that is important. The element with the least amount of negatives (or the highest positive) is your dominant phase. We are all a mixture of elements so it is the proportion or relationship between them that is important.
More than 20 points between the highest and lowest values is a sign of imbalance.

One is the Wood element, Two is Water, Three is Fire, Four is Metal, Five is the Earth element.

Example results from dominant to weak could look like this:

Wood +18, Fire +9, Water +5, Earth -9, Metal –20.
This is a Wood person with a weak Metal. To help balance the elements, sedate Fire, Tonify Earth and Metal.

Metal 0, Water -9, Earth -13, Fire -16, Wood –25.
This is a Metal person with a weak Wood element. To balance, tonify Water and Wood.

Wood +6, Fire +4, Earth +1, Metal -1, Water –2.
This is a mostly balanced person and general tonification is suggested.

Knowledge of the 5 Element cycles and meridian theory will allow finding personalized QiGong by sedating that which is too strong and tonifying that which is too weak.

The constructive, nourishing, generating or creative cycle of five-element theory:

Water creates/nourishes Wood
Wood nourishes Fire
Fire creates Earth (ash)
Earth creates (contains) Metal
Metal collects (contains) Water

The controlling, overcoming or destructive cycle of five-element theory:

Water destroys (quenches) Fire
Fire destroys (melts) Metal
Metal destroys (chops) Wood
Wood destroys (penetrates) Earth
Earth destroys (bounds or absorbs) Water

Relationship between Elements and Meridians:


  Fire is red, Earth is yellow, Metal is white or silver, Water is blue and Wood is green.

Relation between animals and elements:
Water (Snake & Bear),Wood (Crane), Fire (Tiger),
Earth (Dragon & Monkey/Ape), Metal (Leopard & Deer).