"Our hero (who is unnamed) and his created other half Tyler Durden are complete opposites, and Tyler is created on purpose to be everything our hero is not. The Yin is supposed to be “describable with words like feminine, flexible, yielding, flowing, poised, compromising, soft, weak, and patience.”(1) This describes our hero perfectly. He is the fabled ?sensitive man? and hates himself because of it. Tyler is the Yang, “described as masculine, decisive, rigid, piercing, reversing, hard, strong, and overcoming.”(2)
The story of Fight Club begins with our hero?s dissatisfaction with himself and his pathetic life. The Yin and Yang sides of him are both present, but he has been raised to repress his Yang side. This was caused by his family life, expressed several times in the book as “Tyler never knew his father.” (3) This is also the problem for other men who join fight club; “what you see at Fight Club is a generation of men raised by women” (4) and his observance “I?m a thirty year old boy, and I?m wondering if another woman is really the answer I need.” (5)
He is lost and does not know what he needs at this point in his life. It is at this point that he creates Tyler Durden, the Yang side of himself. Created is not the correct term, because Tyler is not “something from nothing” as most people think of Creation. Tyler is the emergence of the expression of everything our hero has learned to suppress; “Tyler had been around a long time before we met.”(6) The entire movie can be generalized as the main character?s unbalanced Yin Yang forces. His Yin has been dominant in his life for too long and as a result, his Yang breaks free."
So, what are some good ideas (other than pouring acid on our hands) for implementing the philosophy? Our society seems bent upon locking most of our ‘Yang’ up in prisons or sending ‘it’ to Irag or Afghanistan. How can we be Yang in a mostly Yin society?