IT'S ALL IN THE BLOOD
by Irene Kim
Let’s face the facts. It’s considered nearly criminal in our day and age not to know your astrology sign. You don’t have to be a die-hard believer in horoscopes to grasp how many people in today’s culture define parts of themselves by whether they’re a Sagittarius or an Aries -- I guess that’s what always made me the odd one out.
Growing up a Korean American, I never paid attention to any of the astrology stuff, and could never remember if I was a Leo or a Libra. But there was one thing I knew for sure about myself: my blood type.
In Korean culture, a person’s blood type is just as important, if not, more important in defining one’s personality. So much so, that it’s common to state your blood type, along with your name and age, when introducing yourself. Your blood type can tell you everything about yourself; from what type of job could be suitable for you to what type of partner would be most compatible. When I say some Koreans take this seriously, I mean it. I’ve had a friend tell me that things probably didn’t work out between me and an ex-boyfriend simply because our blood types were incompatible. I wish I was kidding.
But at the same time, it’s hard for me to say that the whole thing is bullsh*t because of how accurate it can be (along with how obvious the Korean culture makes this all seem). Besides, I’ve always had a slight obsession with personality tests, readings, etc.
Like astrology signs, tarot card reading, etc. personality predictions based on your blood type should be taken with a grain of salt. If these Korean blood type personality traits were true, there would only be four distinct personality types in the world, so clearly this was just meant for fun. Although accurate at times, it is not meant to be taken too seriously.
So here's to Korea taking a stab at your basic profile....
Blood Type A:
If you’re a Type A, you’re probably the perfect “golden child” of your friend group; in some ways, they are comparable to what the U.S. refers to as a “Type A” person, as they are similarly highly organized and committed to their values. Unlike the U.S. version of a Type A personality, however, Korean Blood Type A personalities are typically very timid, polite and reserved. You value morality, structure and may often be viewed as a perfectionist. Because of your hard working nature, people tend to trust and rely on you.
On the flip side, some Type As may also be labeled as stubborn, overly self-conscious and uptight. People commonly get frustrated with Type As as they don’t easily express their emotions and have trouble being flexible.
When it comes to love, you’re usually not one to be assertive or to make the first move towards a person of interest. Type A personalities are typically quiet and soft-spoken and, because of their sensitive nature, they are not the type to ever say or do anything out-of-the-ordinary to risk putting their feelings in danger.
Blood Type B:
Type B personalities are best described as the “Wild child”: creative, optimistic, and passionate. They tend to have a very free-spirited outlook on life and aren’t afraid to take risks. If you’re a Type B personality, you probably have no problem making new friends and becoming the life of any party. You have a genuine heart for others and a great sense of honesty.
However, because of you’re fiery personality, you may be impulsive, short-tempered and easily irritated (but you most likely won’t hold a grudge). You may also be viewed as a bit selfish and impatient.
In terms of romantic relationships, Type Bs are typically bold and unafraid of expressing their emotions. They are likely to fall in love quickly, but their fickle nature makes it easy for them to lose interest in their partner not long after.
Blood Type O:
Type O personalities are the natural born leaders of the world. They’re ambitious, well-rounded and respected by others. Like Type B personalities, Type Os also have no trouble with maintaining a good social circle, as they are extremely outgoing. When it comes to work, Type Os don’t play; they’re always in it to win it and will do anything to succeed.
Because of their constant desire to be the best, some people may find Type O’s obsessive and boring. If you’re a Type O, your strong determination may often be received as condescending and it’s likely that your honesty may also come off as being overly opinionated.
In relationships, Type Os have no problem being honest and affectionate towards their significant others. Because of their easy going nature, Type Os will typically click well with anyone and everyone.
Blood Type AB:
If you’re a Type AB personality, you’re definitely known as the weirdo in your friend group. You’re known for being quirky, yet incredibly intelligent. Koreans often describe Type ABs to be from a different planet as their habits and interests may seem bizarre to others. Despite their unpredictable nature, Type ABs are extremely rational, practical and composed.
If you’re a Type AB, you are most likely an introvert and value your time spent alone. The combination of this and your aloof nature may often cause others to feel as though you are being cold and distant. Because of your often erratic character, people may also often label you as two-faced and untrustworthy.
Thus, you may have some difficulty when entering a relationship as you’re a bit closed off and have difficulty sharing anything personal. You’re not the most expressive type of person, so you may always read as a bit mysterious to your significant other.
Throughout my life of meeting and interacting with fellow Koreans, I’ve concluded that either these personality types are, in fact, relatively accurate, or this is all a placebo effect and we’ve brainwashed ourselves to believe that they’re true. I personally can’t say that I’m a firm believer in this classification system, but I’d still like to think that my Blood Type personality description aligns best with who I am; I’m a Blood Type B, and my closest friends can attest to my impulsive, honest and creative energy. But do I think that I’m also free-spirited and bold? Not particularly. Do I believe in 4 rigid stereotypes for the 7.4 billion people on this planet? Definitely not. But for a lot of Koreans, I guess it’s just all in the blood...
Irene Kim is the Assistant Editor at the The Sunday Issue and Marketing Assistant at Sunday Forever. When not creating magical content you can find her dining with her friends at some cool new place every single night. Follow Irene @_irenekim