When I was first asked about my blood type, I wasn’t able to answer. In fact, I’ve observed most of my North American and European friends are uncertain of their blood type. Is it important to know? Sure. But outside of medical-related situations, blood type is not really something that most people from western countries are concerned about.
In East Asian countries like Korea and Japan, however, one’s blood type is discussed as often as one’s zodiac sign or personality type.
That’s because many believe there are a number of characteristics that are shared by each blood type that outline one’s personality, romantic compatibility and even one’s health status.
Type As are thought to be considerate beings and are often caring of others. They are also said to be sensible and patient. Despite these positive traits, they have many faults, too. These include being stubborn, fastidious and uptight. Even in the West, we might associate these traits with a type A personality, which is usually correlated with a higher risk for diseases like coronary heart disease.
Type O people are independent, ambitious, confident and natural born leaders. They are, on the downside, vain and jealous. As a type O, I consider myself to have a few of these traits. Famous Os include Elvis and John Lennon. I guess I’m in good company.
Type AB is said to be cool, controlled, and rational, often sociable and popular, but aloof and indecisive. Both Marilyn Monroe and JFK are famous ABs, or so says the interwebs.
Therefore, inquiring about one’s blood type is not rude, but rather just the equivalent of the Western “What’s your sign?”
|Image: Fangirls went crazy when idol group Boyfriend’s blood types were released to the public by their entertainment company.|
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What’s your type? Do you believe the traits mentioned above match your type?
Words by Mimsie Ladner of Seoul Searching. Content may not be reproduced unless authorized.