Blood typing

March 11th, 2011 by admin

Blood typing

Since the early 20th century, blood types have been a source of fascination for the Japanese people. First discovered in 1900 by Karl Landsteiner, the Japanese study of blood types began in 1916, with a research paper by Kimata Hara exploring how blood types could impact personality. This link may have not been supported by data, but papers continued to abound on the topic, even leading the government to attempt to create effective

soldiers based on blood type in the 1930s.

Later, blood typing lost popularity as it was without evidence, but the craze returned in the 1970s based on the writings of journalist Masahiko Nomi. The Japanese enjoy blood typing in a fashion that is similar to Americans’ enjoyment of astrology: an interest or hobby to be enjoyed, but not taken too seriously. Since the 1970′s, Japanese people have kept track of blood types like Americans keep track of baseball players’ statistics. In fact, Japanese baseball cards even show the blood type of the players.

Other examples of the Japanese fascination with blood typing include:

• “Blood Horoscopes” on daytime television that predict the future based on blood type instead of birth sign.
• A large proportion, 90 percent, of Japanese, knows their blood type.
• Blood type was used to personalize training for women’s softball teams, even earning the Japanese Olympics team a gold medal!

• “Instruction manuals” for different blood types regularly make Japanese best-seller lists.
• Sodas for people with different blood types contain different mineral enhancements, to help augment their perceived personality strengths.
• There are even condoms customized to provide optimal sexual experiences for different blood types!

The personality traits that are supposed to correspond to blood types include the following:
• Type A: Conservative, calm, and responsible, but also overcautious and uptight.
• Type B: Creative and impulsive, but can be forgetful and self-centered.
• Type AB: Cool and rational, but also aloof and critical.
• Type O: Outgoing and confident, but sometimes arrogant and jealous.

Anyone with a background in medical assistance knows that blood type doesn’t really determine personality, but it can be of vital importance for blood transfusions and other procedures. If you’re also interested in blood types and phlebotomy, a career as a certified medical assistant may be for you. Look online for more information on medical assistant colleges and medical assistant programs.

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