The psychological and sociological literature8 suggests that stereotypes function to organize into a kind of short-hand (by sorting out the…Learn More
The American: He is aggressive, outspoken, manipulative, money-status-power hungry. He is youth-oriented, boastfully gregarious, idealistic, overbearing, patriotic, superficial, ethnocentric, generous, arrogant, and reckless. He wants to take over the whole world and cram the "American way" of government, industry, and social life down the throats of unwilling victims.
He is strong, energetic, and justifiably proud of his country, and its accomplishments. He is willing and capable of working hard to attain the very best of everything, and willing to assume the responsibility for seeing that others have the same things that he enjoys. He tends to be paternalistic, idealistic, and self-analytical (although not critical). He is outspoken, an active leader, united with his diverse countrymen by love of country and love of freedom. While he may be sometimes overbearing, sometimes hypocritical, he is a striver both for real and Ideal goals, and it is this striving to have and be the best that makes him over-exuberant, apt to rush in where angels fear to tread.
The Canadian: He is ultra-conservative, uncertain, inhibited, and passive. He is reserved, self-conscious, intellectual, aloof, critical and dull. Although money and achievement oriented, he is cautious and not inclined to risk-taking. He is non-patriotic.4
He is thoughtful, courteous, and cautious; mature, well-informed, modest, quiet, compassionate, and reserved. He is a realist who recognizes the need for rules and abides by them; when he deviates, he does it quietly and with circumspection.
He tends to be peaceful and sincere, to value intelligence, hard work, and success, as weIl as freedom and honesty. Freedom to him means the freedom to live his life within the rules with relatively little interference or aggravation. He is apt to be oversensitive and hypercritical of himself and others. He loves the vastness and privacy of his land and likes to hold himself aloof from both casual and intense personal relationships. He feels about equality as he feels about freedom and many other things - "if they don't bother me, 1 certainly won't bother them."