Personas around the world

Posted by Blokeman on July 30, 2014 under Observations | Be the First to Comment

Within the last year I picked up Mrs and mini-blokeman and relocated the blokeman family over to the Netherlands, Amsterdam in fact. Just the place for a guy like me I guess.

However the move has come with its fair share of culture shock and culture adjustment, the Dutch are a unique people, they do not deserve their international reputation for being rude. In fact I think the idea of calling them rude is a misunderstanding of just raw and abject bluntness. It is rude it is honesty, there is no malice in what they say or do, it is just an over-arching expectation that the entire world bend to fit them into their considerations. It is an overall idea that they have a right to do whatever they do, and therefore will do it. A dutch person will always do anything they can simply because they can do it. This is part of what makes them such great entrepreneurs, they don’t get caught up in silly consideration such as how their actions will affect another.

Actually that isn’t really fair, I have found them, and especially the ones you get to know extremely warm, open and helpful people, it’s the ones you do not know that are the problem.

Anyway, I digress from what I was saying, however it does give a good segway for me. My experience with the Dutch in the past few months has lead me to do some thinking about how you could describe a person or group of people through their reaction to a situation. Now don’t expect some kind of “There was an Irishman, an Aussie and an American in a bar” joke, instead the situation I have started to imagine people in is their reactions through the event of accidentally bumping into someone. I think this is a very simple way of explaining national personas around the globe. Of course let me start with my homeland to show I am not entirely racist.


If you bump into an Australian, you will undoubtedly hear the words “You right mate?” this in Australia can have meanings ranging from a sympathetic concern enquiry as to your state and wellbeing, to a semi-threatening or passive aggressive statement, either way, the Aussie male usually just makes sure you are ok and keeps walking.

An Australian who has been drinking Rum

Bumping into an Australian who has been drinking rum, is probably going to end in a bad time for all involved, it will usually find you having a punch swung at you, or at least the stirrings of a fight. You will probably hear something like “Ya right mate” but this time will be much more threatening, actually more likely to be “Ya fucken right mate? Ya wanna go to ya?” Funnilly enough this is pretty much the mating call of the drunken Aussie male, especially young Aussie Males.

An English Gentleman

Will ensure you are alright, and enquire as to your general health.


If you bump into a CanadianĀ and they will apologize to you.

A Dutch person:

A Dutchman will walk backwards into you, bump you and knock you over and expect you to apologize to them.

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