Yielding, in the context of Shadow Types, means giving way or surrendering to surrendering to something unpleasant or difficult. We are yielding, for example, when we give in to grief and accept a loss, such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a job we wanted. Yielding is not a direct, observable action, the way taking initiative is. Instead, it is the receptive act of accepting what is happening rather than proactively making something happen.
People whose primary type is the Yielder type to surrender to the hard things that life brings. They are not usually found denying or running from difficulties; on the contrary, they seem to have greater capacity to endure hardships than the average person. Therefore, Yielders are more willing than most people to face the harsh realities of life that other people often try to avoid. Yielders also tend to submit to whatever is happening in the moment. They are not likely to react directly against what is happening or try to change things openly. Moreover, because they are generally used to enduring difficulties, they are the ones who, when in groups, seem to gravitate to the role of taking on the thankless tasks for the group. If there is difficult grunt work to be done, the Yielders in the group are likely to be the first to step up and tackle it.
People whose primary type is the Yielder generally carry the false belief that they are not loving people or that they don’t love adequately. In reaction, Yielders often seek to act in ways that look to them like love. Moreover, they may have faced certain life experiences in which they were powerless to change unpleasant circumstances. As a result, what looks like love in their view involves surrendering to others in painful ways, or stepping into a victim role.
For people whose primary type is the Yielder, the sovereign archetype is their kryptonite and therefore likely to be in shadow. Thus, the final step on the pathway for these people is likely to be into their sovereign energy. Taking this step usually entails regaining the hope that gets lost when someone is a victim and also regaining the power to take leadership in creating what they want for themselves and for others.
Note: For in-depth understanding of the Yielder and the 11 other Shadow Types, please contact a Shadow Types Educator.