Are You More Yin or Yang?

Are you more Yin or Yang?
Before you take our Yin Yang test, let’s clarify the concept of Yin and Yang first. A lot has been said about Yin and Yang, but at their very core these two terms are used to describe two opposites that complete each other. You may have heard of Yin being feminine and Yang being masculine, but although they are often used in this meaning, it doesn’t necessarily have to mean that. Yin and Yang are also used to describe the contrast between darkness and light, night and day, water and fire, cold and hot, passive and active, introversion and extroversion, and so on. In the context of this test, the meaning of Yin and Yang is adopted from Chinese traditional medicine. To be more precise, we will use it to refer to a set of psychological characteristics that describe one’s character and typical behavior.

In Chinese traditional medicine Yin is cold and Yang is hot. Some people have naturally more Yin while some others have more Yang. Speaking about masculine and feminine, there are women with more Yang in them just like there are men with more Yin in them. A man who is predominantly Yin is not less of a man than someone who is predominantly Yang (Yang male) – they are just different. Similarly, a Yang female is not less of a woman than a Yin female.

When applied to people, Yin and Yang are associated with certain physical and psychological characteristics. This concept is very similar to hot and cold temperaments typology in Greek and Arabic medicine. Sanguine and Choleric are both hot, hence they could be classified as Yang types. Phlegmatic and Melancholic are both cold, so they would be considered Yin types.

In addition, the idea of Yin and Yang or hot and cold types is observed in Korean Sasang medicine (Sasang means “Four Types”). Korean four body types correlate closely with Graeco-Arabic types as follows:

Yang Types
Soyang type → Choleric
Teiyang type → Sanguine

Yin Types
Teieum → Phlegmatic
Soeum → Melancholic




Similarly, the four types in Sasang do not just describe body types but personality types (or psychological types) as well.

Although Western world seems to favor active and ambitious Yang types, there is a growing appreciation for relaxed and peaceful Yin types as well. Another important note is that while most people are inclined one way or another, it is balance between the two that is considered to be ideal. Some people, Yang types in particular, tend to like themselves and are reluctant to change, however it is recommended to balance excess heat (Yang) with Yin foods and activities. Similarly, individuals with excess Yin (cold) are suggested to balance their bodies and temperaments with Yang type activities and Yang foods. Having said that, this quiz is provided for educational proposes only and is not suitable for drawing medical conclusions regarding your type.




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