A home that does not meet the needs of those who live in it is a source of ongoing stress. Homeowners often fail to consider the effects their homes have on their interpersonal communications, their family life, their love life, their work life, their sleeping habits, their health, and their peace of mind.
The Feng Shui 5 elements are the building blocks of the physical world. They are earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. Humans are made up energetically of the qualities/metaphors associated with the five elements and are therefore most comfortable when all five are represented in their environment.
When one element dominates a space literally, an attitude or behavior that correlates with that element will also dominate. For example, perfectionism can be fostered or exacerbated by a home or office that has too much of the metal element. A space which is dominated by the metal element can foster an inflexible attitude, a sharp tongue, an obsession with order, differences, and the need to be right. Perfectionism is what we want for the Blue Angels and for engineers designing our bridges, but we might be happier if we don’t demand it at home.