As humans, we have all kinds of ways of categorizing things, and we love doing it. If sorting, labeling, and organizing your whole house is something you like to do, then you get it.
But we also like to categorize people, for better or for worse, and one of our favorite ways to do this is to get a little… out there.
For thousands of years, people have looked all over for traits that form our personalities, sometimes relying on methods pretty distant from the actual person involved.
Traditional Western astrology from Greece and Rome uses the constellations in the sky at the time of birth to determine traits.
In China, certain years are associated with certain animals that lend traits to people born under those singns.
The ancient Celts used the types of trees in bloom when a person was born.
Other systems use the number of your birthdate, and the ancient Mayans developed their own zodiac system thousands of years ago in Mexico.
With all that in mind, it seems that determining your personality based on arbitrary traits is something from ancient times, made up of traditions that have been passed down for generations.
But that’s not always the case. In fact, people were developing personality-determining systems as late as the 1970s.
That’s when a man in Japan named Masahiko Nomi popularized a system that used blood type to determine a person’s personality, temperament, ideal careers, and compatibility with other people (though the system itself was first created in 1927 by Takeji Furukawa).
The scientific community sees about as much merit in this as they do in astrology (which is to say, none), but it remains hugely popular in Japan and continues to influence everyday life, especially when it comes to dating.
In fact, it’s so common that many Japanese people are surprised when a non-Japanese person doesn’t know their own blood type. Personality by blood type is also popular in Korea.
If you know your blood type, check out the personalities associated with yours below.
Does it match up? Do you think this is all very silly, or might there be something to this biological way of sussing out someone’s personality? Let us know what you think!
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