Same Behavior / Different LabelsI think I'll be fine as long as I print out this table and make all the Israelis read it.
Americans tend to see themselves as: Israelis often see Americans as: friendly naive, superficial, sexually provocative, artificial respectful of privacy distant, unfriendly, lacking spontaneity, shy, excessively formal sharing personal concerns tastelessly exposing private matters, intrusive, unnecessarily revealing organized rigid, “square”, inflexible, efficient at the expense of personal relationships, going by the book instead of improvising, focused on procedures instead of task at hand respectful of authority passive, conforming, excessively formal, excessively mindful of hierarchy, focused on roles rather than goals, freier (Hebrew slang for “sucker” or “pushover”) professional arbitrarily differentiating between work and social spheres, excessively formal efficient arbitrarily differentiating between work and social spheres, unfriendly, overly programmed, lacking spontaneity trusting and trustworthy naive
Israelis tend to see themselves as: Americans often see Israelis as: Informal rude, familiar, inconsiderate, disrespectful, insubordinate, unprofessional outspoken, direct, honest tactless, rude, blunt, disrespectful, aggressive, stubborn, insubordinate spontaneous, open, natural out of control, intrusive, ill-mannered, unprofessional hospitable, warm smothering, intrusive, dominating assertive aggressive, arrogant, ruthless, stubborn flexible about plans and schedules; casual about rules and regulations inefficient, sloppy, unprofessional, undisciplined, arrogant, irresponsible, inconsiderate creative, able to improvise superficial, chaotic, undisciplined, unsystematic active, taking initiative insubordinate, pushy, undisciplined, intrusive, dominating, aggressive self-confident arrogant willing to take risks irresponsible, overconfident wary, alert, realistic cynical, distrustful
(33 days left.)
E.T.A. Some of these adjectives seem to have been copied-and-pasted right out of this article.
"Some years ago an Israeli journalist wrote about U.S. supermarkets. What struck him was the impersonal way in which store clerks told him to have a nice day. Later, a book by a pair of cross-cultural consultants found that Israelis often see Americans as insincere, naive, superficial, too formal, lacking spontaneity, insistent on going by the book rather than improvising, and easily taken advantage of."There's also a short discussion of "freierhood" in there. I wonder what book he's referring to....