Ok, I don't know why but I have been thinking about this thread, I am not Polish at all but I live here and I find the questions flawed, I felt somehow defensive about these cultural misunderstanding as if it were my own culture, just an observation, I must be "fitting in".
1. Are polish people rude?
It is difficult to answer this, I am serious, different cultures put different emphases on what politeness is. I will attempt an explanation, In Poland it is considered rude to speak a laud (unless among friends), so when someone (Irish or American) talk loud it would be considered rude to a pole and if someone is rude, you'll be rude back. Know what I mean?
(I used American and Irish because I think we are the loudest).
2. Do Polish smile often?
Again I would have to say there is a cultural difference. Polish people do not smile with their mouths much but they smile with their eyes, if you can pick up this subtle difference you will see they smile a lot.
3. Are Polish people less compasionate?
I am not a 100% on what you mean here, are Cambodians any more or less compassionate than Ecuadorians? Maybe you mean passionate? and again who do you compare them to? Latinos? Japanese?.
4. Are polish people forgiving?
Masks98 put it best.
who should they be forgiving to?
5. Are Polish people too serious?
About certain things, I think so but I would say that Irish people are too serious about certain issues and not serious enough about others.
A very good article I read recently was about the breaking away from communism and how the older generation had to fight so hard for their freedoms that now all they know is how to fight. In comparison to Ireland politics is not too serious and in comparison to America (where it seems to be 'just another' talk show) yes.
6. Do you feel honesty and trust when meeting them?
Is this a silly question? I understand that some of the second generation Poles in America hear bad things from their Grandparents but these are different times, desperate people do desperate things, now Poland is doing better as regards to work, economically and even politically.
I will put it this way I have never felt under threat here. I know there are some threads about being attacked but even they say it could've happened anywhere, no?.
These questions were very loaded, almost expecting a negative answer. It could of course just be me. But they read to me like Poland is a rude, unforgiving, miserable, dangerous place, isn't it? (expecting an agreeable answer). Again it could just be me taking offence for some strange reason or more than likely I am loosing the plot.
Although I found these questions interesting.
I do find cultural differences and misunderstandings and they should be discussed more, so good post!.