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Last week I was thinking about the moment I decided to leave Italy and start living abroad: It seems like yesterday, but it actually happened in , almost 10 years ago. Are we Italians really the way we are portrayed? When I first moved abroad, I became angry every time someone dared to mention anything about how Italians gesture; namely, our loud voices or anything related to pizza. But now, after all these years, I have to admit that some of these infamous stereotypes are not stereotypes at all! OK, OK — I know this is probably the most obvious one. And I assure you that the sacred link between food and Italians is not a stereotype at all.
They are friendly, hospitable, generous, intelligent, good humoured, gentle, well-dressed, tasteful, and family oriented. There are also many other positive characteristics too. Only one thing really, and that is they, not all, but many, lack consideration for anyone who is not a direct friend, contact or family. Here are some common everyday examples of this:. And this aspect of Italian culture surprises me seeing as Italy is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
And maybe one or two other non-Italian readers would like to confirm or deny what I have written, which is purely the product of my own observations — after 20 years in Italy — and my English sensibilities. Published inThe Italians was written by a journalist who has spent many years in Italy. Note: Italy Chronicles may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase something through links in articles on this website.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Hello there, I am Italian and lived several years in the U. I confirm what the negative aspects of the Italian behaviour are. Some are closed and not opened to other cultures… basically like many English are… so you want to talk about french? I find that Italian personality type and English cultures are different but compatible and that still Italians have to learn about your wonderful sense of respect for other people, the great civic sense that you have.
Yes we talk louder. We have something in common though. Our attitude towards politics: we have a tendance to accept even the most non sense or disastrous decision taken by the government. Here in France they would have set the all country on fire at least something positive.
The way Italians drive made me sick of driving any car and, when I go back home italian personality type I have to drive, I turn into an aggressive monster. North Italians are less welcoming that south Italians but here we go again… I found some very lovely and welcoming people in veneto and Lombardia.
Probably the only real difference is that in the south they are slightly louder when they talk and have a disrespect for rules. Not in a mean attitude or in order to hurt someone. They have a close mind and thinking. They tell that Italian have good etiquette and the other countries are not.
But you will see them talking while the mouth is full or not saying please when they want someting in the table while eating, they just grab it from end to end. The sum of it all. They are more educated and free thinking. The Italians who got to see the world and experience life beside in Italy are th one who are not judgemental and open for new information. We are loud. So many of us let fly with that…. Hi Alex, bring from south Italy I having been to the north several times, I can say that southerners are a people of extremes.
At first they are colder and much more standoffish than northerners, but once they get to know you, you are family for life. Of course there are variations of Southern Italians italian personality type well calabria and Apulians are generally skeptic of outsiders. Northerners can be similar. Once italian personality type do know you, they, as you say, treat you like family.
Have got myself into a little trouble on this front from time to time! Hello to everyone!
I am very glad to have found this thread about Italian culture. I currently have a High School foreign exchange student living with my family 5 of usand we are having a really tough time with him. We have been experiencing him as so rude as to be almost intolerable! We find him to be a poor listener, and in conversation, it is clear that he does not want to consider any ideas other than his own and will only hear us if we agree with him.
I have been rationalizing this as poor parenting from home, but this chat is maybe changing my mind. The problem still exists as to how to get past this behavior when time and again we are put in a position where we feel disrespected. If anyone has any advice to give, I would appreciate it as so far he has only brought tension into the house. The very young British civilization has a LOT of problems, like the rapings of little white girls all across Britistan, in Italian personality type London muslims are beating up little gay british all day long. And they came to Italy to observe and write the problems with italian culture.
Britain has been united for far longer than Italy. Are you a teenager, or younger? Sounds a little like it. Got any facts to back up your curious claims. Kind of doubt it. I also send you my apologies as I realize you were only trying to enlighten the world. I have also travelled widely in Italy and I listen to what others say — Italians and non-Italians alike.
As has happened, I did want to see whether others agreed with me or not. Seems some do, and some do not — interestingly, some of those who do agree are Italians. Yes, of course, all people are entitled of their opinion.
The issue is the way you wrote it. Have you ever read any of those? I have. They are valuable. But what I can say is that those writers really study the culture and do real research before they publish a word. If you choose not to take that angle and instead be more of a blogger who simply writes a personal opinion, you should make that super clear and again, you should never generalize any group of people, unless you do the leg work and study that group.
At all. Not even a little bit. What their understanding encompasses, instead, is window of the people who live in Manhattan. Again, you will never understand the real people from a large city unless you are one, or unless you really study them.
With family also from Milan? If so, then ok, you can say 10 years around them makes you very well schooled. In judging the country of Italy based on that mix of Italians around you in Milan, you have to think about who those people are. Even me. But you have to wonder why.
The title does suppose that you are about to give real good opinions. So I can understand why people would click to read the article as I had. But after that, you have to wonder if they are reading the content because they think the content is good or if they are reading because they think they it was poorly written and they will learn more from the comments. I almost never read comments but I was so flabbergasted by your judgement of an entire culture that I felt compelled to read every comment as I imagined people would have strong opinions.
I also never write comments. If you learned anything from creating this discussion, I hope you learned you have an opportunity to learn more about the world. And so you should go back out into that world and take a deeper look at the people you think you know so well, and then maybe write new thoughts one day. To be honest, the most awful italian personality type I ever received from strangers happened to be in London. It sounds ridiculous but if you are from NY you would understand. Thank you. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and observations and can agree or disagree which is fine by me.
Many others are curious to know what people from different countries are like this post does get plenty of trafficso such observations may prove useful to some. If nothing else, observations likes these can italian personality type others understand how italian personality type cultural landscape lies and this, in turn, can help people from other cultures avoid certain problems or understand why the people are the way they are. Business people will tell you that understanding culture can italian personality type a difference to pulling off a deal or not as an Italian I know who offers advice on this very subject well knows.
And anyway I have to say that Italian drivers are much more tolerant than any other driver in Europe. In Italy you can find lots of polite people and lots of rude people too… both in the south and in the north… and honestly during the months I spent in London I saw lots and lots of rude people, when Italian personality type drove, at the supermarket, etc. I can understand why a westerner might feel these are odd but as a fellow turkish man it sounded me as you were describing my own country :D.
Everthing is exactly the same. We are hospitable, talkative and even though it is not as intense as some italians, family oriented. But I get your struggle really.
In Turkey you always have the risk to step on dog poop so you have to watch out. Hi Alex, your list is really interesting and, in part, absolutely true. But there are italian personality type lot of differences from north and south people in Italy, and differences between polite and rude italians not in a racist way.
Men kiss men cheeks tradition is tipically from south. Sorry for bad english ehehe classic italians problem.
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