I found it interesting that while reading these articles, I often thought to myself “Oh, I do that too.” For example, I too love to complain. My roommates actually brought this up earlier today while I was complaining about missing my show, and it made me realize that wow, I really do complain a lot. I notice this as a go about my day-to-day life. I complain when I don’t get a lot of sleep, I complain when I’m hungry, I complain when I get a notification on my phone while I’m doing homework. Additionally, I am also interested in statistics. Due to my background with research in Psychologie, I naturally enjoy learning new things, and statistics is an inherent component of this learning process.
However, I recognize that while I share these characteristics that the articles mention, there is an important distinction in how these characteristics appear in German culture that makes them unequivocally German, and that is how these characteristics developed in the first place. I found this aspect of the articles interesting in which the history behind the tendency of people in Germany to be prone to things like complaining or staring to be rooted in Germany’s history.
Other things I found interesting include the comparisons between German culture and American culture. I believe that it is true—when we say “We should hang out some time!” very often it means “I never want to see you again.” (Definitely an exaggeration, but the point still stands). Learning about these comparisons, I was reminded of a story that I was told by an old professor, in which a difference between a lot of European countries and America is that people in America are very uncomfortable with long periods of silence between two people. It is fascinating how certain things can have completely different meanings in different cultures.