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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    There's nothing wrong with not smiling much, and doesn't mean that you're not charismatic nor does it mean you're automatically introverted.
    Indeed there isn't, but in our present time influenced by Hollywood and the Magic Negro Formula and such, smiling is something that is forced upon European Germanics.
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    And if Gordon Brown's anything to go by, Scots should avoid smiling as much as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulfhere View Post
    And if Gordon Brown's anything to go by, Scots should avoid smiling as much as possible.
    Would you mind to elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yaggdrassil View Post
    This sounds like a problem my sister has eating. She inherited very diffrent genes and body build from myself and can barelly take an adult sized bite.
    She's under 5'5" and I'm 5' 11" lol. Our colors are different as well she is lighter and I am darker (not skin).
    I dont have it that bad, I can eat a lot. I just have noticed with myself that because of the size or shape of my mouth its uncomfortable to smile for long amount of time. My mouth isn't tiny, but the lips i think are slightly less than average going across my face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rassenhygieniker View Post
    Would you mind to elaborate?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vor03-uUeuM

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacht View Post
    I dont have it that bad, I can eat a lot. I just have noticed with myself that because of the size or shape of my mouth its uncomfortable to smile for long amount of time. My mouth isn't tiny, but the lips i think are slightly less than average going across my face.
    I kind of have that problem, like its not hard to eat but I sometimes have trouble biting into a big hamburger. People laugh at me when I eat everything like that with a knife and fork (burritos, pizza etc.).

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    There's nothing wrong with not smiling much, and doesn't mean that you're not charismatic nor does it mean you're automatically introverted. I'm living proof of that maxim, I rarely every smile, and if I do it's reserved for very special people and for very special situations. Just is.

    Now if it happened to be due to my spending several years in Scotland that wiped the smile from my face, that'd be an interesting hypothesis and certainly worth pursuing.
    People that do smile just don't understand it, they think your mad or somethings wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feisty goddess View Post
    People laugh at me when I eat everything like that with a knife and fork (burritos, pizza etc.).
    Eating pizze and open faced sandwiches with a fork and knife is the proper way to do it. Those that laugh at you are wrong.

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    Most people who smile all the day show a fake smile. I think it´s just impossible to smile all around the clock. Sure, I´m a quite humorous person but by no means I feel I could smile hour after hour. Sometimes I grin, sometimes I smile (especially to relatives and good friends) but I dislike the typical fake happiness and fake smile directed at random unknown persons. Last week I was buying some stuff in the town and the cashier smiled as if I was her long lost sister. It was exaggerated.

    Maybe it´s not only a Scottish trait but a Germanic trait, feisty. No reason to feel ashamed.

    "Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thusnelda View Post
    Most people who smile all the day show a fake smile. I think it´s just impossible to smile all around the clock.
    Yes, it is annoying because you never know whether people are smiling at you for real or not. I get told I have a nice smile by the few people that have seen it ... and most of the time I sport my "naughty inverse smile" instead, which means I'm in a cheeky mood. Almost all the smiles of mine that are captured on pictures though look absolutely idiotic because I'd pull that face on purpose.

    Maybe it´s not only a Scottish trait but a Germanic trait, feisty. No reason to feel ashamed.
    Indeed, if always-happy and always-humorous Bavarians like Thussy or myself can't even smile all the time, it's got to mean something. And no, C-Man --- it's not a freak Prussian gene responsible.
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    I am from OstFriesland. people hardly talk overthere, not to mention smile.

    I have the impression that people are way more introverted and deep than extraverted and superficial americans.

    I believe it is the habit in the USA to feel g r e a t and everything is fine and gorgeous. Whether it is or is not but always give the impression you are happy.

    I noticed in the US that often people are afraid of me, because I don't have a pacifying smile and make people comfortable.

    It is something of not being open for everybody. I close myself to have some privacy. It might be that americans keep their privacy behind a mask of feeling g r e a t.

    Your facial expression has definetly an impact on the people around you. But I do feel forced if I have to smile. The manner for an Ostfrisian is to be more closed, not to be a peoples person. It seems to force a more mental attitude upon you than an emotional attitude.


    I also noticed that americans often use strong terms for emotions or exaggerate (from my point of view). The greatest, most beautiful, the fastest, most expensive etc. Living in the superlative is the american ideal.

    It seems to me that a more quite life is a more intense life as most happens inside not on your surface.

    That's just my 2 pence.
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