Many Koreans, although not all, believe that blood types are linked to personalities, a little like how the Western world but not all of it believes in a similar idea surrounding the Zodiac and horoscopes. The concept of blood types determining personal traits has a dark history. It was allegedly used by Nazis and Japanese Imperialists to promote ideas of supremacy over different races and countries in the s and s. However, some decades later, the idea was resurrected by Japanese author Masahiko Nomi in a much more positive and innocent way that holds much more in common with the ideas of the Zodiac than the ideas of racial dominance it once connoted.
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While some Koreans discuss blood types to break the ice, many unconsciously or intentionally use it to gauge personality traits associated with each type — a practice that has invited discrimination against some. A Gallup Korea study published in October showed up to six out of 10 adult Koreans believed blood types indicated certain personality traits, also referred to as the blood type personality theory. The study, which surveyed 1, men and women over 19 years of age, showed 58 percent believed blood type corresponded to personality traits, with 49 percent of them saying they liked people with type O blood the most. The next most popular were type A 20 percent , type B 16 percent , and type AB 6 percent.
Stereotyping personalities by blood type
There is a popular belief in Japan and Korea that a person's ABO blood type is predictive of their personality, temperament, and compatibility with others, similar to the Western world's astrology. Jump to: navigation , search. Blood type Positive traits Negative traits Most compatible with Type O Social, outgoing, creative, popular, confident, speak their mind. Doesn't always finish what they start, not dependable, likes to be the center of attention O is most compatible with O and AB. Type A Artistic, creative, trustworthy, stays calm in situations others panic, good at avoiding confrontation, polite, responsible, if there is a job to be done they want to take care of it themselves, seeks success.
He has backed it with his own observations, and the theory quickly spread in Japan and beyond. In fact, there were cases of discrimination based on blood group in workplace and schools. The Japanese even have a special term for this type of discrimination — bura hara, or blood type harassment.