Those results may have surprised you.
As a matter of fact, they are very natural.
Let me explain how to measure the personality psychologically.
Many psychology personality tests are based on the simple principle that person's personality can be measured by "self-report" of "words" that express personality (or characters, rather).
Example: Are you nervous?
You shall answer between 1 point (not at all) and 5 points (very much so) to such questions.
Note that nearly 70% of Japanese (or Korean, Taiwanese ...) people feel that blood types and personality are related!
Q Blood types and personality are
A: Feel like related
B: Not related
Source: A Japan's TV Show
"Serious Issues of Japan" (日本のダイモンダイ)
broadcast on November 8, 2015
Number of respondents: 201, 119 people
This literally means that each person's "self-report" of "words" are different according to their blood types. Then, theoretically, it is possible to measure differences in personality by blood types - psychologically. Therefore, denying this conclusion is denying psychology itself ...
The next is an explanation by psychologists.
Results of self-report-type questionnaires are usually considered as "personality itself" (not only "recognition of self's personality").
Source: Toshinori Shirasa & Takuji Iguchi, An Introduction to blood-type personality research (1993) 白佐俊憲・井口拓自 血液型性格研究入門―血液型と性格は関係ないと言えるか
After all, by our logical thinking, differences of personality by blood types exist universally rather than rarely, at least in Japan (also Korea and Taiwan). The same thing must have happened in many questionnaire surveys of personality. Why have no one ever noticed such a simple thing, until now?
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For almost three decades, more than 70% of Japanese people think that there likely are "relationship between blood types and personality" and the ratios are much the same.
However, less than 20% of people think that there is strong relation, while a little less than 50% of people think that there
is some relation. These data completely agree with my inference!
Namely, there is not strong relationship between "blood types and personality", but some relation.
1. Do you think that there likely is relationship between blood types and personality?
-- 1,102 Tokyo metropolitan residents aged 15 - 69 by random sampling
from NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corpration) public opinions research (1986)
2. Do you think that there is relationship between blood types and personality?
-- 2,320 men and women all around the nation residents aged more then 20
|More and less||46%|
from the Mainichi Newspaper "Kokoro no Jidai [Times of Heart]" (1987)
3. Is there relationship between blood types and personality/compatibility?
from Kansai TV's "Aruaru Daijiten" (June 15, 1997)
According to a website "WoW! Korea," three quarters Koreans believe in close relationships.
<W column> Koreans love "blood type-specific personality", No O in "B1A4"
Korea is now more sensitive to "blood type-specific personality" than Japan, and 75% of Koreans believe in the close relationship with blood types and personality.
According to a survey conducted in Taiwan, the ratio of persons who have read books about blood types is as high as 75%, and the ratio of having the belief is 66%.
We may think that the situation is almost similar to Japan.
Kunher Wu, Kristian D. Lindsted, Jerry W. Lee
Personality and Individual Differences 38 (2005) 797–808
|After obtaining permission from the city of Kaohsiung in March 2000 to conduct surveys in all of their 29 high schools, we used stratified random sampling to select participating classes from each school. We initially contacted 3844 11th grade students. We recruited students from the 11th grade because, unlike seniors, they would not be studying for the college entrance exam, and would still meet the age requirement for administering the NEO-PI-R questionnaire (age 16 years or older). Nearly 90% of potential participants (N=3444) returned signed consent forms and were given the questionnaire.|
Table 1 Distribution of gender, blood type, books, belief, and language separated by academic achievement level [abbreviated]
a Based on school enrollment, which depended on students' national test scores.
b Reponses to "Have you read any books about blood type and personality?"
c Reponses to "Do you believe there is a relationship between blood type and personality?"
d Language spoken at home.
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