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    Post The Germanic Character...

    Somewhere along the way growing up in America, a biased, stereotypical view of Germanic people has been forced upon me, and it is only upon reflection of my own character and that of my family that I am able now to not let these cloud my view of my own heritage. That being said, stereotypes do hold within them (atleast some) truth. Typically, Germans are seen as cold emotionally. They are also viewed as industrious, obediant workers. They have a knack for organization, and this manifests itself in many aspects of how they live. There are many more, and I'd like to hear what others, especially Americans, feel are the stereotypes we are given of the German people. Further, I'd like to hear opinions of Germanics as to whether you feel any of these preconceived notions are accurate, in general, and whether you embrace these stereotypes as part of who you feel you are.

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    Post Re: The Germanic Character...

    I don't find anything unusual about Germans.

    PS. To avoid confusion, I find Germans to be normal, while I perceive Chinese as creepy, Americans as ...well...Americans, and Blacks as slightly retarded.
    ( no offense, this is just a personal observation ).
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    Post Re: The Germanic Character...

    Quote Originally Posted by Schweitzer
    Somewhere along the way growing up in America, a biased, stereotypical view of Germanic people has been forced upon me, and it is only upon reflection of my own character and that of my family that I am able now to not let these cloud my view of my own heritage. That being said, stereotypes do hold within them (atleast some) truth. Typically, Germans are seen as cold emotionally. They are also viewed as industrious, obediant workers. They have a knack for organization, and this manifests itself in many aspects of how they live. There are many more, and I'd like to hear what others, especially Americans, feel are the stereotypes we are given of the German people. Further, I'd like to hear opinions of Germanics as to whether you feel any of these preconceived notions are accurate, in general, and whether you embrace these stereotypes as part of who you feel you are.
    People here, where i live, are rather blissfully ignorant about race. Our community is generally homogenously "white" so it's not like people have to think about it too much anyways. People don't see too much of a different, personality or otherwise, between someone who's a somewhat snub-nosed East Baltic, and another who's a tall brunette irish beauty (not saying that being snub-nosed is ugly). If you look closely, of course you can tell differences, but it seems the only thing people notice is how funny you are, or how introvert you are.

    The people here only make generalizations upon extreme features and what they know with the common knowledge they have. For example, I am almost quite literally a giant compared to everyone else in my school. Since I'm also Blonde haired and blue-eyed, and a nice pasty-white complexion, people call me a viking or must be scandinavian (specifically Swedish... It seems Norway and Denmark don't exist. )
    However, there's a girl in my school who has stands 5'2", has natural ashen-white blonde hair, and very blue eyes (At least they look that way from a distance, i never had a chance to really look at them, since i'd obviously feel odd doing such a thing, or even asking if i could.) Everyone also say that "She must be swedish," and the such... When, clearly, in my eyes she looks almost like a perfect example of an East Baltic.

    My community also sees Blonde hair and Blue eyes as feministic... despite that, people are still scared of me when we first meet... But they soon realized that once they get to know me i'm actually a good person to know. (Or, at least, i hope.)

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    Post Re: The Germanic Character...

    Must be that stare .

    I can see what you mean that people cannot distinguish between different kinds of morphology. East Baltids have of course a very different morphology.

    Later on I shall post what anthropologists thought is the Germanic character.


    Quote Originally Posted by Phill
    My community also sees Blonde hair and Blue eyes as feministic... despite that, people are still scared of me when we first meet... But they soon realized that once they get to know me i'm actually a good person to know. (Or, at least, i hope.)

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    Post Re: The Germanic Character...

    Heheh, no... that was a specialy stare just for the camera. People usually think the worst of me when we first meet because i'm usually larger than them. Those that are about the same hieght as me around my area are usually very very skinny.

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    Post Re: The Germanic Character...

    I see, well Nordids should not be so skinny.

    How tall are you then?


    Quote Originally Posted by Phill
    Heheh, no... that was a specialy stare just for the camera. People usually think the worst of me when we first meet because i'm usually larger than them. Those that are about the same hieght as me around my area are usually very very skinny.

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    Post Re: The Germanic Character...

    I think they tend to be more private/quiet,"aloof" maybe? Hard to get to know anyway.

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    Post Re: The Germanic Character...

    I find Germans not as cold as Baltics I've met. Germans are really properly central xa
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    Post Re: The Germanic Character...

    Finns are often described as the coldest. They also talk quite slow.

    Germany is too capitalistic and international. The Baltic people are more isolated. Rural people are quite different from city workers running after money all the time. They have to socialise more because of business.


    Quote Originally Posted by Scoob
    I find Germans not as cold as Baltics I've met. Germans are really properly central xa

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    Post Re: The Germanic Character...

    Quote Originally Posted by Volksdeutscher
    I see, well Nordids should not be so skinny.

    How tall are you then?
    I know i'm at least 6' and 2.5" tall. In case your mainly familiar with metric stuff... *does some work on his calculator* that should be about 189.23 cm.

    I might be as tall as 6'4" (193 cm...?) now. But i usually just say 6'3" as a general answer.

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