Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Throughout history there has been a universal tradition that the differences between the sexes are reflected in the character of male and female as well as in their physical structure. The attributes have been seen as complementary, not only in men and women but in all things. Events in nature and history have been explained by this universal principle. In Taoism, for example, the two principles, the Yin and the Yang, the feminine and the masculine, are parts of a unity. The feminine principle embodies all that is calm, dark, cool, passive, and receptive. The masculine principle embodies everything active, light, warm, and generative.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Sylvia Decker November, 1972