January is National Blood Donor Month. As you open up a vein for someone in need, ponder what your blood type may say about you. That is until you feel faint and should decide what kind of free cookie to have.

Nobody really knows if your blood type and your personality type are linked, since there has been no proven correlation, but there are cultures and societies that believe they are. This is particularly common in Japan where magazines publish blood type horoscopes and people will often be asked their blood type as part of the job interview process to see if they’ll be a good fit in the position.

Maybe blood type should be used for more than just matching organ donors. Maybe blood type could be good for matching people. Ask on your next date and then use this list to see if you’ve found your perfect type.

A Type (A+, A-)

One of the more populous blood types, As are reportedly cooperative and sensitive, while being smart and passionate perfectionists. They find it important to get along with others and tend to bottle up their feelings in order to do that, sometimes making them uncomfortable around people. They can be shy and withdrawn. They can be tense and impatient, but stay calm in a crisis because of their strength. A types are very responsible and crave success, but are sometimes unable to sleep well because stress affects them internally a great deal. Because of their innate sensitivity, As are thought to be very creative and the most artistic of the blood types.

B Type (B+, B-)

Third in line in the population count, Bs are a more balanced blood type. They are considered to be the most practical of the types. They can be thoughtful and sensitive, but also ambitious with some leadership qualities. They want to know all the details and directions of a project before they jump in. They are focused and goal oriented, even in the face of something impossible. Because they are individualists and like to follow their own rules, Bs can seem uncooperative. They can also come off as cold and serious because they focus more on their thoughts than their feelings.

AB Type (AB+, AB-)

While they are the least populous of all the blood types, the ABs are the most popular in a crowd. But, because they are both A and B blended, they sometimes have characteristics on both ends of the spectrum. For example, they can be both shy and outgoing. However, they are charming and don’t get put out by small matters. They are active and spiritual, and their lives tend to be full of excitement. Sometimes ABs can seem flaky, because while they are responsible and trustworthy, they don’t like having too much asked of them and only want to do favors on their own terms. They do their own thing and, like As, don’t react well to stress.

O Type (O+, O-)

The Os make up the highest number of the population, with more than 35 percent of all people having type O+. This is the independent type. They are known as the leaders and the loners. They are self-reliant and daring, even though they value the opinions of others. Os are also intuitive and focused, but sometimes they aren’t dependable because they give up too easily. They are known as the most flexible of the blood types. They are energetic and social, and most tend to be outgoing and like to be the center of attention, but their self-confidence and audacity can make them seem too detached. Stress is no problem for an O, but they generally feel much better if they can be regularly physically active.

And, if you need a quick reference guide so you can make a snap decision, here’s a list of compatibilities.

  • As are most compatible with As and ABs.
  • Bs are most compatible with Bs and ABs.
  • ABs are most compatible with ABs, Bs, As and Os (pretty much everyone).
  • Os are most compatible with Os and ABs.


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