If you have ever visited or stayed in Korea, you have probably noticed that a lot of Korean people ask “what is your bloodtype?". This question is one of the most common questions that Korean people ask, apart from “How old are you?”. In Korea, it is perfectly fine to ask about a person´s blood type, especially if you want to get to know someone very well instantly, in particular, on a blind date. The reason is that Koreans believe that each blood type has its own distinct personality and it is the quickest way to determine a person´s temperament and even compatibility with others.
So, who developed this concept? The blood type personality theory was developed by a Japanese person named Masahiko Nomi. He began his first career as a journalist and his first book “Understanding Affinity by Blood Type” became a bestseller in the 1970s. The idea then spread outward and it is popular in some Asian countries, such as South Korea and Taiwan. Maybe you are wondering now, "what about my blood type then?". Do not worry; I will go through the basic blood types and let us see what they say!
1. Blood Type A
According to the Korean blood type personality chart, it is said that people with blood type A are known to be diplomatic and friendly, however due to their sensitive natures, they prefer staying alone to being in a group; therefore they may feel uncomfortable in crowded areas or parties. Also, they are fragile-hearted and easily get hurt, therefore it takes time for them to open up to people. Others may take this negatively and view them as snobs, since people with blood type A are good at hiding their feelings and do not express themselves a lot compared to other blood types such as blood type B or O. Also, they are punctual and always expect the best results in everything they do, therefore others seem them as perfectionists.
2. Blood Type B
According to the Korean blood type personality chart, it is said that B types are the most outgoing compared to other blood types. They are independent and passionate about the things they are interested in. Type Bs always seek stimulation and they are not afraid of speaking their minds. Therefore, they can be seen as self-centered because they express their opinion, regardless of what the other person might feel. In Korea, men with blood type B have a negative reputation for being playboys and not being suitable for a stable relationship. But don´t worry, although blood type B has a negative reputation for being the blood type of playboys, there are many positive traits too. They are curious, honest and enjoy attention, thus, people with blood type B can make friends easily, like a social butterfly!
3. Blood Type O
They are known to be energetic, practical and friendly. Also, blood type O is labeled as a natural leader. They are experts at expressing their opinions in a constructive way, making sure that everyone listens to them, whilst being friendly to everyone. They know how to control their emotions well, giving others a great impression of being stable and under control. Research in Korea indicates that blood type O is the most prefered blood type by CEOs and coworkers because of the traits mentioned above. However, although they might have a reputation of being strong outside, they are very sensitive inside. People with blood type O have some difficulties expressing their feelings due to a fear of rejection and also they tend to burn themselves out trying to get things done perfectly.
4. Blood Type AB
They are the most interesting type compared to the others because this blood type is labeled as either genius or psycho. They are unpredictable because they often jump around from one activity to the next and their temperament is a mixture of blood type A and B, therefore their personalities change quickly depending on their mood and the situation, and sometimes they do not have control over it. Blood type ABs are also rational thinkers, therefore they cannot stand it when they find some situations to be irrational. As a result, they may have some difficulties interacting with people, giving others the wrong impression of being moody or two-faced.