The Yin and Yang of My Personality
The theory of the yin and the yang is that both aspects are dependent on each other, and could not exist without the other. This theory also suggests that both opposites (yin and yang) are a part of each other. If a person is sick, there is health within them, and health is reachable. If it is day, it will soon turn to night. I agree that opposite forces are codependents and things can not exist without their opposite. For example: how could it be cold if there were no hot? What is wet if there is no dry? What is day if there was no night? Not only do opposites help explain certain aspects of life; they create differences in life and people.
Yin represents the negative forces in the universe such as the Earth, feminine, the moon, and water. Yang represents positive forces in the universe such as Heaven, masculine, sun, and fire. These two forces come together to cause a balance in the universe. According to Bowker on page 126, the Chinese found the two natural cosmic forces to rely on and complement each other. The Chinese realized that both of these aspects were equally important to keep a balanced universe and to maintain spiritual and social stability. Each of these opposites produces the other: Heaven creates ideas under yang, the earth produces their material forms under yin, and vice versa; creation occurs under the principle of yang, the completion of the created thing occurs under yin, and vice versa, and so on. (Hooker)
Although yang is positive, when taken to the extreme it turns negative and reverts to yin. This means that some of my own positive characteristics can become negative ones and my negative characteristics can become positive. Even though yin represents the darkness, not all characteristics of yin are negative. Some characteristics were rooted in yang, but as yin energy expanded, the positive energy was lost. (Kim, 18)
One negative characteristic I could relate to in The Yin and...