Predicting Personalities
Vocabulary distinct else prerequisite transfusion (of blood) finer outwardly trait ludicrous mind (psycho) notion donor conscientious (person) go-getter ridiculous (take) time to smell the roses confrontational lives to the psychometric (something that) makes (someone) tick conflict life coach someone's personality classify (something) recipient ______________________________________ tout (idea) disprove ______________________________________ to initiate ______________________________________ entree (food) condiment (food) ______________________________________ (a person's) credentials apprehension ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ something very integral to a swap belligerent, prone to start someone with lots of ambition someone who helps people live their fullest idea, theory, thought a characteristic or feature as seen from the outside preposterous, unfounded, thoughtful, considerate to go out of one's way to appreciate the things in life a person who donates/gives something obviously different from other things a measurement (metric) of the something necessary to do something

looking to (do something) ______________________________________ heads-up ______________________________________

I. Pair Questions… 1. What is your partner`s blood type?

2. Do you think that knowing their blood type is useful?

3. Why/Why not?

II. So what does `blood type` actually mean?? Blood Typing In some ways, every person's blood is the same. But, when analyzed under a microscope, distinct differences are visible. In the early 20th century, an Austrian scientist named Karl Landsteiner classified blood according to those differences. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his achievements. Blood Typing, in medicine, is the classification of red blood cells by the presence of specific substances on their surface. Typing of red blood cells is a prerequisite for blood transfusion. In the early part of the 20th century, physicians discovered that blood transfusions often failed because the blood type of the recipient was not compatible with that of the donor (see table below)


Questions: 1.What needs to be done before a blood transfusion?

2.When did doctors notice blood transfusions often failed? Why was this?

III. Making sense of blood types... Blood Types in Japan, Blood Types in America 1.Where are blood types important? 2.What can someone's blood type possibly tell us about them?

Below is an article about Blood Types in Japan. Please read, and answer the questions that follow.

“Personality Traits By Blood Type - A Japanese Concept“ Bella Online

Beginning in approximately 1930, the Japanese embraced the idea of matching personality traits with one's blood type. This phenomenon is as popular in Japan as the idea of matching horoscope with personality is in the States. Almost all Japanese are aware of their blood type. The idea began when some in the west were touting the idea that the asian peoples were more closely related to animals then humans, or lower on the evolutionary chain, since type B blood was the predominant blood type in asians and animals. As ludicrous and unscientific as this idea was, it was insulting to say the least. Modern science disproves this obviously faulted idea. In the 1930's Furukawa Takeji (1891–1940) set out to disprove this notion and a new idea was born. However, the idea of personality traits being influenced by blood type remains. Companies in Japan even had divided workers by blood type. Here are the general ideas of each blood type. Type O: Type O's are outgoing, and very social. They are initiators, although they don't always finish what they start. Creative and popular, they love to be the center of attention and appear very self confident. Type A: While outwardly calm, they have such high standards (perfectionists) that they tend to be balls of nerves on the inside. Type A's are the most artistic of the blood groups. They can be shy, are conscientious, trustworthy, and sensitive. Type B: Goal oriented and strong minded, type B's will start a task and continue it until completed, and completed well. Type B's are the individualists of the blood group categories and find their own way in life.


Type AB: Type AB's are the split personalities of the blood groups. They can be both outgoing and shy, confident and timid. While responsible, too much responsibility will cause a problem. They are trustworthy and like to help others.

Using the Bella article above, please answer the following questions... 1.When does the article say personality profiling by blood type began? 2.What in the West does the writer compare blood typing in Japan to? 3.What blood type is most artistic? 4.What blood type loves to be noticed? 5.Which type doesn't like too much responsibility?

Group Questions 1. What is everyone`s blood type? Please write your blood type on a sheet of paper, and some adjectives that describe the personality this `means` you have 2. Are blood types used to dictate any other features of a person? Can you guess what other things might be determined from blood type?


In America some people believe blood type affects what foods your body can easily digest. Look at the book summary below:

If you've ever wondered why the latest fad diet doesn't work for you... well, there are lots of reasons, mostly the fact that it's a fad diet. But it could also be that you're the wrong blood type for the kinds of foods the diet recommends. Peter d'Adamo makes a persuasive argument that your blood type is an evolutionary marker that tells you which foods you'll process best, and which will be useless calories. He covers the entire range for each of the four blood types, from entrées to condiments and seasonings, and also makes type-specific exercise and lifestyle recommendations.


IV Personality testing in the workplace “Are you sure you’ve got the right personality for the job?” (Karen Peattie, Scottish Sunday Herald) “Karen is a go-getter who rarely recognises that there are roses - never mind taking time out to smell them. As a motivated self-starter, Karen will leap to action as soon as she has identified a task or project." Wow, who wouldn't want to employ me based on such credentials?” This week, I filled out a brief online questionnaire to determine the type of personality I have, and I was somewhat apprehensive. Most of us think we know our own personalities better than anyone else but I'll leave it to others to agree or disagree with the statement above. It's not easy answering questions about yourself and some of them I had to think long and hard about. The results of my test on a website called PeopleMaps threw up key words that apparently describe me: impulsive - yes, I have to agree with that one; strong-minded and assertive - yup; confrontational - well, I suppose I can be at times; and controlling - most definitely, according to my boyfriend! PeopleMaps is an online testing resource for individuals and businesses. So if you are an employer looking to recruit or develop staff, you can use PeopleMaps to help you create a shortlist from the candidates. More than 65% of employers use psychometric testing for staff recruitment and development. PeopleMaps CEO Martin Gibbons, based in West Lothian, says: "Essentially, PeopleMaps helps us understand what makes people tick. "There are no right or wrong answers but what we have found is that there are a lot of people who are unhappy and struggling to be successful. We can help them decide what they want to do., in an environment that suits their personality. Based on the work of Carl Jung, the Swiss psychologist who believed every individual was unique, PeopleMaps was launched seven years ago, with the corporate facility introduced last year. More than 1.5 million individuals have signed up for the free service with the option of purchasing more reports at a cost of £27. One user said: "The test is spookily accurate.. It saves a lot of time." Questions 1. The writer described herself as a go-getter and motivated 'self starter'. But what negative personality traits did the personality test give her? 2. How long ago was Martin's company established? 3. How many customers does he currently have?

4. How many companies in the UK use personality profiling as part of its hiring process?

V. The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Myers briggs company statement: “The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) personality test is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives.” We are going to do a famous personality test used in many companies. Before we do, please guess your personality type... 1. Are you Introverted or Extroverted? 2. Do you use your Intuition, or rely on evidence (Sensing)? 3. Do you make decisions using your head (Thinking) or your heart (Feeling) 4. Do you make plans and stick to them (Judging) or like to be spontaneous (Perceiving) ?

Let's try the test!! Pair up! Please take a score sheet. Take turns in asking each other the questions. There are 48 questions! So please do them quickly. Your answers shouldn't be too 'thought-out'...

MYERS-BRIGGS PERSONALITY TEST QUESTIONS 1. When you come to a new situation you usually a. try it right away, and learn from doing b. like to watch first and try it later

2. Do you think people should be more a. sensible and practical b. imaginative and inspired

3. When you come to an uncertain situation a. you usually trust your feelings more b. you usually trust your thinking more

4. Would you say you are a. a little more serious b. a little more easy-going

5. Do you spend most of your time a. often in bigger groups and seldom alone b. in smaller groups or alone

6. It is better to a. be able to accept things b. want to change things

7. Is it worse to a. do mean things b. do unfair things

8. Do you prefer when things are a. planned and structured b. spontaneous and unplanned

9. After a day spent with a lot of people do you a. feel energized and stimulated b. feel drained and like being alone

10. When you need to get something important done, you prefer to

a. do it the way that has worked before b. do it a new way that you just thought of

11. Which is a bigger compliment? a. "he/she is really nice" b. "he/she is really smart"

12. When it comes to time, are you more likely to a. usually be on time b. be pretty flexible

13. When you are in a group do you usually a. do a lot of the talking b. mostly listen and talk a little

14. Are you more interested in a. what really is b. what can be

15. When you look at two things, you mostly notice a. how they are the same b. how they are different

16. Do you tend to get along better with a. people who are a lot like you b. lots of different types of people

17. Most other people seem to see you as a. kind of out-going b. kind of shy and reserved

18. When it comes to work that is very exact and detailed a. it comes pretty easily to you b. you tend to lose interest in it quickly

19. When your friends disagree, it is more important to you a. to help them agree and come together b. to help them come to the right answer


20. When you get-up in the morning a. you know pretty much how your day will go b. it seems every day is pretty different

21. When it comes to using the phone a. you use it a lot and make most of the calls b. you use it most when others call you

22. When you work on group projects, do you prefer a. helping make sure the project gets done and works b. helping come up with the ideas and plans

23. Others often describe you as a a. warm-hearted person b. cool-headed person

24. Which is more your way a. to "do the right thing" b. to "just do it"

25. When you talk to strangers you've just met you a. talk pretty easily and at length b. run out of things to say pretty quickly

26. When it comes to work you a. prefer steady effort and a regular routine b. work in spurts, really "on" then really "off"

27. Is it worse to be a. too critical b. too emotional

28. Would you rather have things a. finished and decided b. open to change

29. When it comes to news at school, you seem

a. to find it out quickly b. to be one of the last to know

30. Are you more likely to trust a. your experience b. your hunches

31. I prefer teachers who are more a. caring and supportive b. knowledgeable and expect a lot

32. Is it more your way to a. finish one project before you start a new one b. have lots of projects going at once

33. Which is more true of you? do you a. too often act and talk without thinking much first b. spend too much time thinking and not enough doing

34. Games would be more fair if kids a. would just follow the rules b. would just use "good sportsmanship"

35. Is it usually easier for you to tell a. how someone else is feeling b. what someone else is thinking

36. Which is the more useful ability a. to be able to organize and plan b. to be able to adapt and make do

37. At a party or gathering a. you do more of the introducing of others b. others introduce you more

38. Do you think more about a. what is going on right now b. what will happen in the future


39. It is more your way to a. usually show what you are feeling b. usually not show your feelings

40. You are the kind of person who a. needs to have things a certain way b. does it any old way

41. When you get done with an assignment a. you feel like showing it to someone b. you like to keep it to yourself

42. Things would be better if people were a. more realistic b. more imaginative

43. Would you say you are more concerned with a. being appreciated by others b. achieving something important

44. It is better that people a. know what they want b. keep an open-mind

45. Friday night after a long week you usually a. feel like going to a party or going out b. feel like renting a movie or relaxing

46. When you do a job, it's usually your approach to a. start from the beginning, and go step-by-step b. start anywhere, and figure it out as you go

47. When you tell a story, you mostly talk about a. how the people involved were effected b. what went on in general

48. You feel most comfortable when things are more

a. planned and you know what to expect b. unplanned and flexible

After doing the test – check your results!!!
Did they match your predictions??? How about your blood type personality!???