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    Is Not Smiling Very Often a Scottish Trait?

    My last name is of Scottish descent and my dad, I, and my brother don't smile very much. Also my grandfather hardly ever smiled who was Scottish and was always being accused of being pissed off or unhappy and he was totally not and it really bothered him that people thought that. My mom and sister smile more like most people. My dad claims that this is a Scottish trait, because he never sees Scots grinning really big or even smiling at all for that matter. When I went to the dentist to get a teeth cleaning, they accused me of having low self confidence because I never smile but I mean I've always been like that ever since I started to walk. I have a tiny tiny mouth and its a big effort to put on a huge grin like most people can so it feels really unnatural. I can't understand people who are always telling me I don't smile enough and that I look sad and I try to explain to them and they don't really believe me. Do any other of you Scots feel the same way I do?

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    Define not smiling very often, please.

    We aren't extroverted if that is what you are asking, especially in the northernmost parts.

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    Peculiar. My mom's father and my dad's mother were half and some Scottish and they and their progeny didn't smile all that much.

    One thing is certain: being Scottish is serious business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rassenhygieniker View Post
    Define not smiling very often, please.

    We aren't extroverted if that is what you are asking, especially in the northernmost parts.
    It really has nothing with being extroverted. People just say I hardly ever smile and when I do its like barely a smile I don't grin. In other words, my mouth is almost always in kind of a tight position and when I'm talking to someone about something I just don't grin and smile a lot like most people do. I mean I do occasionaly but I just can't keep my mouth in a constant smile. I don't really know how to explain it haha. I think maybe it has something to do with the jawline of Scots, but maybe I'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feisty goddess View Post
    It really has nothing with being extroverted. People just say I hardly ever smile and when I do its like barely a smile I don't grin. In other words, my mouth is almost always in kind of a tight position and when I'm talking to someone about something I just don't grin and smile a lot like most people do. I mean I do occasionaly but I just can't keep my mouth in a constant smile. I don't really know how to explain it haha. I think maybe it has something to do with the jawline of Scots, but maybe I'm wrong.
    If you are referring to a physiological problem that involves the inability to smile in a proper manner, than no we do not have such a problem as we can smile just fine. Though on the other hand, like most of the people of our surroundings we are reserved, so the overt exuberence and the over the top display of emotions is not something that is being forced upon us.

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    my mouth is small compared to some and i find smiling to be uncomfortable. i smile when i like stuff or think something is funny, but i dont just smile to smile like others do. It hurts my face to smile all the time. Maybe it has more to do with lip size or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacht View Post
    my mouth is small compared to some and i find smiling to be uncomfortable. i smile when i like stuff or think something is funny, but i dont just smile to smile like others do. It hurts my face to smile all the time. Maybe it has more to do with lip size or something.
    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).

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    I think it may be a cro magnon thing, (just a theory) although we don't have small mouths (or at least I don't) having a big jaw makes it difficult to smile. Also when we do smile, its more of a cheeky grin. We cromagon are fighters not lovers, go to Glasgow and you soon see what I mean!

    Furthermore, Northern English and Scots are not big smiles, our accents are quite slow, low toned and not very excitable. And these regions have (i think) a greater hunter-gather (cromadnoid) population than other regions in Britain.

    Essentially the big problem a cro-magonon faces in his daily struggle in the modern world, is trying not to fight, kill or smash things up, so that does not leave a lot of time for smiling.


    But naturally, I have seen Scots smile a lot but usually after a bottle of Bukie!!!!
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    The Scots are just shy.

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    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.
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