Earth element personality type’s capacity to provide comfort can be astonishing. They are some of the most caring people on earth.
At the same time, you've seen people rescuing dogs and cats from hoarders' homes on TV. The people hoarding are devastated when the animals are removed.
You've also seen people who hoard talking about not being able to let go of objects from the past, or having to keep so much stuff to be ready in a crisis, and more.
Hidden in their words and actions, you see that these people are overthinking and worrying.
You can also sense their need to give and feel love. They care deeply, too deeply.
What went wrong?
How can an Earth element personality lead to such trouble? Keep reading to learn more.
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Earth Element Personality
Earth element personality types have an astonishing capacity to provide comfort. Because they expertly guess other people’s needs, they can rejuvenate relationships. As a result, they help people feel cared for.
Furthermore, their compassion can inspire strangers to help each other in a crisis. Earth element personality types establish connections easily.
Unfortunately, this nurturing tendency is hard to turn off, and Earth types can seem smothering. As a result, they can be misguidedly meddlesome. Also, they might be so consumed by the needs of others, that they remain oblivious to their own needs.
Earth Element Personality Archetype - The Peacemaker
Bringing people together inspires the Peacemaker. They can make and sustain relationships. Accordingly, Peacemakers nurture and promote connectedness between people and the world.
As can be seen, Peacemakers focus on what people hold in common. They bring together antagonistic people so they can rely on each other.
Furthermore, Earth element personality types value serenity and stability. Consequently, they mediate conflict with a gift for turning discord into harmony.
Peacemakers alter their perspectives, grasping what will help garner the most cooperation with the least amount of sacrifice.
They also embody sympathy and caring. Earth element personality types advocate for those in greatest need. Correspondingly, whether such people need friendship, sustenance, or recognition these peacemakers want to help.
At the same time, they seek peace for its own sake. Peacemakers tirelessly serve humanity as the great balancers, the preservers of families and societies.
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Needing to be Needed
In Chinese medicine there is an expression, “The Earth feeds all.” When Earth element personality types fall out of balance, they grow obsessive. For example, they may plan meals and snacks, shop for ingredients, and prepare and stock food.
Especially, they will not relax until everyone has been fed, yet this same worry prevents them from eating with restraint or focus.
Earth element personality types’ stockpiling can extend beyond food items.
By and large, they may own scores of clothes, books, toys, or other items in a quantity far beyond what they use. At the same time, they could easily give up what they own to help others, knowing they will simply restock.
This tendency of theirs is not greed, rather it is a fear of space and emptiness. Furthermore, this accumulation hides a lack of emotional comfort. Earth needs to be needed, but these types must address their own needs first.
Physical Concerns for Earth Element Personality
Caring so much for others can lead Earth types to overthinking and worry – as well as overeating. This tendency creates a problem in the body called Dampness.
By and large, excess dampness leads to obesity, heart disease, weakened immunity, diabetes, and more health problems.
Earth is particularly susceptible to the sweet taste.
Earth element personality types should eat fewer natural and unnatural sweets. Because Earth types may suffer from obesity due to overeating.
At the same time, they may turn malnourished. Both from eating too much unhealthy food and from not eating at all. Because they spend too much time caring for others.
In times of hardship, sweet foods can seem comforting for vulnerable Earth types. However, when Earth element types feel supported, connected, and secure, they can resist cravings for sweets.
Generally, to keep healthy and balanced, Earth element personality types need to:
- remove sugars
- reduce starches
- eliminate snacking
- create space in their minds for calm
Overthinking and Worry
Earth element personality types need to plan ahead to avoid worrying. For example, rather than worrying about an upcoming move and turning to food for comfort, they could make a plan to ensure a gentler transition.
If out of balance, they can turn their worries into over planning and hoarding. As a result, Earth types should seek guidance, help, and facts to ground themselves.
To reduce Earth element personality types’ consumption, collection, and obsessive behavior, they should ask themselves what they truly need.
While in excess Earth may feel too diplomatic to complain. When they are balanced, they can ask for and receive help.
One way to cultivate Earth’s need for connection is to develop a sense of ancestry. Earth likes to feel included. They can consider the history of their family, even if they are no longer living or in contact.
Also, their job and hobbies are great ways to connect with other people, places, and objects.
Above all, Earth wants a sense of community and caring. To prevent Earth types from feeling isolated, it is helpful to have them view their lives as part of an overlapping mosaic of living things.
Final Thoughts for Earth Element PersonalityThe power of Earth comes from the capacity to link, nurture, and sustain. Earth types need to balance their devotion to relationship with solitude and self-expression, developing self-reliance as well as building community.
Beinfield, H. & Korngold, E. (1991). Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine.
Lion, T. (2018). Finding Health: Traditional Chinese Medicine Basics.