Here is my Water friend's answer to my question about how Water does its thinking. This follows on directly from the end of my last blog (22-14):
Thank you for asking me to write a bit about how Water expresses itself. I have been thinking of getting back to writing for some time but nothing was flowing. This will be a good beginning and I'm happy and grateful that you thought of me. I am writing mostly about myself (and a few other Water people I know but I don't know how general this information will be).
Water, when unimpeded, flows. It moves in an instinctive manner, not always logical, but usually by feeling its way - sending out sensors to the environment and modulating its response according to what it finds (or feels) is present around it. Therefore, the way a Water person expresses himself (or herself) depends on how the Water person is feeling at the time and on who he (or she) is interacting with. Water, in its comfort zone (as it often is with Fire), attempts to express its soul, or sometimes just bubbles along contentedly. With Metal, Water tends to be more guarded, a bit on edge due to Metal's brevity and conciseness. With Earth, Water can be very comfortable, but often slips into the mode of a listener, not revealing much of itself. With Wood (depending on the intensity the Wood person displays), Water often has a disconnect, feeling sometimes unnerved by the push that Wood sends out. Given a chance, Water would not try to push back (though if it gathers its resources, it probably can), but to bide its time and take a different direction at the earliest possible opportunity. This is how Water functions when it is close to equilibrium or its natural state. In times of stress, Water can be greatly affected by fear, reducing its natural flow to a frozen state, but Water, with its resilience, often finds a way to overcome this and continues moving on.
Thank you, Sujata, for these very illuminating descriptions about the way that you think.