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What Your Blood Type Says About You

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What Your Blood Type Says About You

By Natalie Josef, DivineCaroline

Can blood type determine your personality? I have a rare blood type—AB+, which only 4 percent of the U.S. has—and secretly, I always thought it made me kind of special, even though I had no basis for that belief. But in Japan, blood type is used to determine one’s personality and temperament. Like astrology, the scientific community often dismisses blood type as an indicator of personality, but that doesn’t stop its popularity in Japanese women’s magazines, where blood type horoscopes are published. In Japanese video games, blood type is commonly a dimension in character creation. In fact, some Japanese might even be shocked if a foreigner didn’t know her blood type.

In 1927, Takeji Furukawa, a Japanese professor, introduced the theory to the Japanese public in a paper entitled, “The Study of Temperament Through Blood Type.” Even though he lacked the proper credentials and backed up nothing scientifically, the public embraced the idea of blood type as a determination of personality. The Japanese government even commissioned a study to determine if they could breed better soldiers. In the 1970s, a book by Masahiko Nomi revived the idea, which is still popular with the general Japanese public. In 2008, four books on the topic have hit Japan’s top ten bestseller lists.

Find Out Your Blood Type

One of the easiest ways to find out your blood type is to give blood. Since it has to be matched for donation, they type it anyway, so you can always ask. If you’re pregnant, doctors administer certain blood tests to assess potential genetic problems, so determining the mother’s blood type is standard. You can ask your doctor to perform a test when you get blood drawn, but since it isn’t usually medically relevant, you may have to pay for the test. The easiest way? Ask your parents; they probably know.

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4:43AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

what fun for a A neg

9:34PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

wow. Im A+ and it seems mostly true, because I'm shy and contemplative. Im also aware of my surroundings and listen to other, and I like to write. Its really acurate.

1:14PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

I always wanted to learn the history of the blood type "horoscope" thank you for that ^^

12:11PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Most of what it says about Type A is me, but not all of what it says.

6:29PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

I'm happy to be an O-. =D

1:58PM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Some right, some not me. Interesting article. I'm A +

2:30AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

I don't know if it's right or not, but it's going to convince me. Then I'm quite proud to be a "O".

10:25AM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

I love these kind of things! It totally nonsense, but still. xD

11:26AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

for me, it was totally off.... but still an interesting article. :-)

3:58AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Cool :)

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