Can We Guess the Element That Best Suits Your Personality?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess the Element That Best Suits Your Personality?
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About This Quiz

Alchemy used the four elements as the tools to discover a way to transmute lead into gold. Technically, alchemists sought a way to produce The Philosopher's Stone, which was a tool that did any of these things, and along the way, they founded the modern science of chemistry. This lead into gold business was not just someone trying to make a buck, it was part of a spiritual mission. The belief was that the process of learning to turn lead into gold was a spiritual one that lead to either immortality, enlightenment or a get out of Hell free card, depending on who you asked.

The four elements were also used as a way of describing the signs of the zodiac, which tend toward specific personality types. Given someone's sun sign, star sign and moon sign, it was possible to triangulate a personality using the three signs and their corresponding elements, or at least that's how the belief goes.

We have something much simpler in mind. We have come up with a way to determine which of the four elements dominates your personality using a few questions. Answer them, and our team of personality experts, alchemists and astrologers will compile their result, telling you definitively which element, earth, fire, water or air, suits your personality! It's easy! Just take the quiz.

How supportive are you?
I'm very supportive of my friends.
Sometimes I'm too busy to notice that I need to be.
I'm no good at the touchy-feely stuff.
I'll do my best to keep my friends afloat.

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How easily are you distracted?
I don't get distracted.
What? Sorry, I saw something shiny.
If anything, my problem is target fix.
I might meander but I always get back on track

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How driven are you?
I'm a little too laid back to be called driven.
I'm not very driven.
I'm like a locomotive!
I keep going no matter what. I never run out of steam.

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How patient are you?
I guess about the average.
I'm impatient.
I don't understand the concept.
I'm as patient as the grave.

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How tough are you?
I'm bulletproof.
I'm waifish.
I'm hard to kill.
I'm stoppable, but I can't be divided.

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How many interests do you pursue at one time?
Two or three
At least four
One. Only one.
Two

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How long is your fuse?
Really long
Average, I guess.
Short. Like, a millimeter.
I've never burned it down, so I don't know.

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Of the life goals you've managed to accomplish thus far, what strategy got you where you are?
Standing my ground
Relying on a diverse portfolio of skills
Relentless drive
The long game

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How grounded are you?
I'm rooted in my family and friends.
I can't be held down!
I move, but not far.
I range far and wide, but retain a connection to my home.

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What negative quality are you sometimes accused of having?
Being staid
Being a dilettante
Being selfish
Not knowing when to stop

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What sets you off?
When someone messes with my home
When someone says I can't do something
When someone rains on my parade
When someone pulls the rug out from under me

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What advice would you give someone having trouble achieving their dreams?
Fit yourself with a spine of iron.
Run hard, far, and fast. Let the world catch up to you.
Focus on the important things.
Never give up.

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How deliberate are you?
I'm nothing if not deliberate.
Not at all!
I don't always get to choose my tasks.
Once I'm focused, I'm deliberate.

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What is your best interpersonal skill?
I can listen.
I can talk about any subject.
I inspire others.
I will bore down to the core of a conversation.

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What's the worst thing you did in anger?
I stood by while a friend was in trouble.
I threw someone under the bus for what I did.
I lashed out with words.
I achieved a long-term sabotage.

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What professional sport do you like the most?
Boxing
Football
Hockey
Baseball

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What is your dream job?
Sculptor
Movie star
Lawyer
Scientist

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How good of a communicator are you?
I'm OK.
It's my specialty.
I can only communicate one point of view: mine.
I'm too long-winded.

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How often do you experience regret?
From time to time
Any time I stop to think about it
Never
All the time

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How effective a negotiator are you?
I'm about average I guess.
I'm excellent.
I'm terrible.
I'm not bad.

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How do you prefer to travel?
I'll drive.
I'll fly.
I'll take the train.
I'll take a cruise ship.

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What state of affairs feels the most stifling to you?
When everything is in flux.
When I'm being restricted by my job or environment.
When someone starts smothering me and taking all of my attention.
When someone or something tries to contain me.

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Which of these jobs do you think you're most suited for?
Lumberjack
Social media maven
Corporate pirate (take-overs and "restructuring")
Soldier

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How well do you roll with the punches?
I don't even flinch.
I just change direction and call it victory.
If someone lands one on me, I'm done for.
Nothing stops my flow.

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When you become opposed to something, what is your greatest asset?
I can't be forced to back down.
I can't be forced out.
I can't easily be stopped.
I am relentless.

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Which of these would be your ideal housing situation?
A cabin in the mountains
A penthouse in the city
An adobe house in the desert
A bungalow on the beach

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What subject must you totally avoid in mixed company?
I don't need to worry about that.
Myself
Politics. No, religion. No, television. No, it's definitely the music industry...
Work

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What strategy would you use for getting someone to hire you for your dream job?
Stand firm and try again.
Find the employer's peers and use them to exert pressure.
Just keep working so hard they can't ignore you.
Wear them down.

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What kind of performance are you most amused by?
Orchestral music
The circus
Stage magic
Dance

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Which of these foods is the most appealing to you?
Roast chicken
Beet salad
Red curry
Potato soup

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