November 20, 2011

It's In The Blood

Clearly I don't want to talk about my NaNoWriMo progress (or lack thereof, haha). I've wanted to talk about this every since I read about it weeks ago and now seemed like a good time. There is a popular belief in many Asian cultures, including Japan, that blood type either determines or is at least indicative of personality. Furukawa Takeji sparked this in 1927 with his paper "The Study of Temperament Through Blood Type" and the idea resurfaced in the 1970's thanks to Masahiko Nomi, though he was not the scientist that Takeji had been. Obviously as a writer, this intrigued me and I did some exploring. I must admit that some of my characterization charts are pretty detailed, but I've never blood-typed my characters. Although, I bet for those who write medical or police thriller, you'd probably have to. Here's the most concise explanation I found of this theory by type.

Type A
People with blood type A have a deep-rooted strength that helps them stay calm in a crisis when everyone else is panicking. However, they tend to avoid confrontation, and feel very uncomfortable around people. A types are shy and sometimes withdrawn. They seek harmony and are very polite, but all the same feel that they never really fit in with others. A types are very responsible. If there is a job to be done, they prefer to take care of it themselves. These people crave success and are perfectionists. They are also very creative, and the most artistic of all the blood types, most likely because of their sensitivity.
Type B
People with blood type B are the most practical of the blood groups. They are specialists in what they do. When they start a project, they spend extra time understanding and trying to follow directions than others might. When they are doing something, all of their attention is focused on it. They tend to stick to a goal and follow it through to the end, even if it seems impossible. They tend to be less than cooperative, as they like to follow their own rules and their own ideas. They are individualists. B type people pay attention to their thoughts a little more than their feelings, and therefore can sometimes seem cold and serious.
Type O
People with blood type O people are outgoing, energetic and social. They are the most flexible of the blood types. They easily start up projects but often have trouble following through because they give up easily. They are flighty and not too dependable. O types always say what's on their mind. They value the opinion of others and like to be the center of attention. Also, people with O blood are extremely self-confident.
Type AB
People with blood type AB are hard to categorize. They can have characteristics on both ends of the spectrum at the same time. For instance, they are both shy and outgoing. They easily switch from one opposite to another. AB people are trustworthy and responsible, but can't handle it when too much is asked of them. They don't mind doing favors or helping out, as long as its on their own conditions. People with this blood type are interested in art and metaphysics.
I'm an O, and must say it's a reasonable fit. The only other person whose blood type I know is my father's, because it's on his USAF dog tag and his is a fairly good fit too. Which has me wondering if this is some weird mysticism thing I should be wary of or another miracle of creation I'll have to ask God about one day. And if you think for a second God wasn't incredibly intentional with every aspect of our design, just watch THIS VIDEO from youtube.

And if laminin, the cell adhesion molecule weren't insanely awesome enough, you should study the design of the red blood cell. These are the cells in our blood that take the oxygen from our lungs, store it, then travel to our other tissues to release it and give them oxygen. I saw this documentary where they studied how to make them more efficient in an effort to produce them artificially. If they were completely flat, they would absorb oxygen faster, if they were completely round, they would be able to absorb more oxygen, but the rate slows when moving toward the center. So they used this "super computer" to calculate the very best structure to achieve both. And surprise, surprise, LOL, the result was the exact same rounded disk that's already in our body. Score one more for intelligent design!

Earlier this evening I had the opportunity to take the Lord's supper, in remembrance of Christ's blood that atoned for the sin of all mankind forever and so its really been a theme today. I think about the cliches, like 'hot-blooded', 'cold-blooded', and how it's even used with breeds and types of horses with respect to personality. Also interesting is the expression 'its in the blood' when referring to a predisposition for a career, the military, etc. I'd love to encourage you, if you're able, to donate blood regularly. I do several times a year, and even though its often resulted in extreme bruising, a busted skull and ambulance ride once when I passed out, and that they always have a hard time finding the right vein, I remain committed. That makes me feel a little better about allowing Jonathan to bleed so often in CHASING THE LION. So is anyone brave enough to say whether or not the description above fits their type and personality? What do you think about this laminin, cell adhesion molecule? Does anyone else find it as awesome as Louie and me?


Bethany Macmanus said...

After our conversation today at the party, your research on this subject intrigues me. However, I regret to say, the only thing that holds true about me and my A- blood type is the fact that I am creative. The first part is opposite of me!
It was soo fun talking with you today, Nancy.

Nancy Kimball said...

Thanks for sharing Bethany! It was great getting to know you and Ann better today too. Hope when you finally hear the news is stellar ;-)