Yin Yang Questionnaire
Oriental wisdom suggests that all matter is made of yang (masculine) and yin (feminine) qualities. People need to learn to balance their masculine and feminine characteristics because when these two opposing forces are not in harmony, discord results. In some circles, the vital yang approach has become politically incorrect and individuals may try to deny it within themselves. However, awareness of and ability to use both yin and yang qualities must be fostered to achieve full maturity.
1: Diffuse awareness
1: Focused concentration
2: Dark, wet, mysterious
2: Bright, dry, warm
3: Desire to merge, unite
3: Desire to penetrate and explore
4: Forms selective attachments
4: Incapable of commitment
5: Protects, nourishes, breeds
5: Fertilizes, creates
6: Restrains as it embraces
6: Explosive, daring, independent
7: Preserves beauty and integrity of others
7: Delighted with its own power, and is unaware of limitations
8: Pure form: nothing moves, lacks all initiative
8: Pure form: rapes and plunders everything in its path
Directions: To discover if your approach is primarily yin, yang, or both, mark the side of the chart that best describes the way you operate or view life.
Mark both sides of the chart for any items in which either approach is comfortable for you. Total the number of items you mark in each column. Discuss ratings with your partner to enhance the validity of the scores and to increase awareness of changes you could make to better balance yin and yang qualities in yourself.
Good leaders are a source of strength & authority.
The “White Male System” and the “Female System” described in Woman’s Reality by Anne Schaef (Minnesota: Winston Press, 1981) were used in creating this chart.