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Do Poles in the UK pretend to be uppity because they have an inferiority complex?


No Nonsense 6 | 68
31 Dec 2010  #1
I have seen many posts on here about Poles being snooty towards the English and thinking they are superior ie. the thread about the UK born guy who couldn't be Polish enough for his "purist" Polish gf who was always being mean to him because of it. Is it because they are so used to scrounging around that when they come to the US or a western European country like the UK they don't know how to be? My father says that the eastern euros he has come across were all nasty and seemed to have inferiority complexes while germanic or western Europeans were friendly and sociable.
ZIMMY 6 | 1,601
31 Dec 2010  #2
My father says that the eastern euros he has come across were all nasty and seemed to have inferiority complexes while germanic or western Europeans were friendly and sociable.

Since you call yourself "no nonsense" than your father's name must be "full of nonsense".
OP No Nonsense 6 | 68
31 Dec 2010  #3
Actually, that's true. He's full of nonsense, I'm more like my mom.
Ironside 48 | 9,721
31 Dec 2010  #4
were all nasty and seemed to have inferiority complexes

Is your father a shrink ?
were all nasty they are all nasty, up to the man ! Avoid them !
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
31 Dec 2010  #5
I have seen many posts on here about Poles being snooty towards the English and thinking they are superior

Isn't it the other way around?

UK born guy who couldn't be Polish enough for his "purist" Polish

Many if not most Polish girls are traditional and don't want a foreign man. I know Polish American girls who were born in the States and married or are gonna marry a Polish man because they want Polish children, and have their children speak Polish.

My father says that the eastern euros he has come across were all nasty and seemed to have inferiority complexes while germanic or western Europeans

Are you hearing yourself? You're the one who seams like a racist and doesn't put Poles on the same level.
Eurola 4 | 1,906
31 Dec 2010  #6
Many polish people feel like they are on top of the world and the center of the universe, but they are mostly the people who were 'somebody' in Poland and 'nobody' abroad. For many, feeling good about themselves - and important - is just a mean of survival.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
31 Dec 2010  #7
My father says that the eastern euros he has come across were all nasty and seemed to have inferiority complexes while germanic or western Europeans were friendly and sociable.

it is often true, but I still haven't figure out why. Habit I suppose. They had a hard life and the left overs from that period is nastiness.

I can give you some examples, but........it is too annoying for me. Poles need to be complimented all the time, have a fragile ego and are often not very reasonable - difficult to deal with for a person who is more rational- like me.

Black and white thinking is also very common - oh well.
AdamKadmon 2 | 508
31 Dec 2010  #8
the thread about the UK born guy who couldn't be Polish enough for his "purist" Polish gf

Actually it is the other way round, but to get this right you should understand Polish. Here goes the joke:
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MediaWatch 10 | 945
31 Dec 2010  #9
I have seen many posts on here about Poles being snooty towards the English and thinking they are superior.

I think you are generalizing.

You have snooty people from all groups of people. Trust me.
AdamKadmon 2 | 508
31 Dec 2010  #10
You have snooty people

How about the joke? Do you like it? Funny, eh?
kondzior 8 | 947
31 Dec 2010  #11
From my experience, Poles living abroad are indeed full of anger and complexes. There are some exceptions, obiviously, like with everything else, but generally speaking no Pole is going to work and live outside Poland because he likes it. Most of these people have failed to make a decent living here in PL, for one reason or another, so they are somewhat butthurt and theirs egos are fragile.
milky 13 | 1,657
31 Dec 2010  #12
Is it because they are so used to scrounging around

I think your use of words portrays a great ignorance[scrounging],cop on man.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
31 Dec 2010  #13
I think there is some truth in what the OP is trying to say. There is this 'My Polacy robiÄ… najlepsze' attitude but it does hide deeper insecurities. However, they are just a certain type and it takes all types to make up a society. As Eurola rightly said, the ones that were 'sb' tend to be uppity but would be nobody in a foreign country. I do find them funny, the way some old women hold themselves when they are just judgemental old biddies.

Kondzior summed it up in a nutshell. Most Poles are romantic in a sense (I don't mean candles here) and long for their homeland. The grass is always greener on the other side. Despite what some say, they are not there for cultural enrichment (the vast majority anyway).

Aphrodisiac is right, many are hurt and wounded. A lot don't have any idea how to be as successful as those in countries such as France and Germany. Chips on shoulders and selling sob stories.

Again, there are many who don't fit the above descriptions :)
milky 13 | 1,657
31 Dec 2010  #14
The grass is always greener on the other side.

yea, i'm surprised when Poles(i know) move back to Poland, even when its back to a tiny eastern, rundown town of no significance, with zero chance of employment. Basically, like a Irish man in the 70's permanently returning to Connemara because he was home/mountain sick.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
31 Dec 2010  #15
Let's assume such a Pole picks up a fair bit of English whilst in England and then moves back to such a town. How are they going to better themselves? Very often they can't transfer any meaningful experience gained to such a small and often parochial place. They are back to square 1 unless they get creative somehow.
ShortHairThug - | 1,103
31 Dec 2010  #16
Do Poles pretend to be uppity because they have an inferiority complex?

No but it is my favourite way to get rid of unwanted pest trying to weasel his/her way into conversation when it's clearly rejected and when he/she can't get the hint.

Looks like some of you need a reality check, rejected by your own peers and your own kind but still in need to socialise you seek acceptance outside of your own people. So do tell, what makes you think that Poles or any other outside group of people for that matter would be willing to accept you when you clearly lack social grace and skills? Seems like you have personality problems that can't be overlooked by any group of people. That's what your parents failed to explain to you princess. Perhaps a bit harsh but at least it's to the point and No-Nonsense.
Ashleys mind 3 | 456
31 Dec 2010  #17
Actually it is the other way round, but to get this right you should understand Polish. Here goes the joke:

Could you translate it? I know it's only 5 minutes of script. ;P

Is *standup* comedy more like *sitdown* in Poland?
Seanus 15 | 19,706
31 Dec 2010  #18
Kudos to Eurola and aphro, both Poles, for being so honest in their answers. The forum is about gaining a rounded perspective and they are generally pro-Polish. There is a stubborn pride here and it comes partly through stamping one's oneness regardless. The take me or leave me approach.
milky 13 | 1,657
31 Dec 2010  #19
ow are they going to better themselves?

I don't know if you read the book 'egg in my soup' but the author reckoned that the Poles can have a defeated outlook.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
31 Dec 2010  #20
I haven't, no, but many are pessimistic. However, many would say starkly realistic. Those who are in a position to tend to be optimistic ;)
Ashleys mind 3 | 456
31 Dec 2010  #21
Inside every superiority complex there is some inferiority at work...

Not sure this applies to all Poles, but they are easy to scrutinise on this basis as there are a lot of them abroad and that makes them stand out.

They also appear to go for safety in numbers so you tend to judge them as a group rather than as individuals which often leads to poor understanding of individual circumstance.

You can also hide a lot with pride.
AdamKadmon 2 | 508
31 Dec 2010  #22
Uppity

Originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive.

The parallel British variant uppish originally meant lavish. Now, the both words mean assuming equality with someone higher up the social ladder, conceited, arrogant.

How do you get the impression that the Poles are trying to look down at you from high up the British social ladder? Don't get me wrong, but this is just something that really bugs me.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
31 Dec 2010  #23
Uppity is a word spat in condescension. When someone wants to feel superior to another, they call them uppity. There's no such thing as "uppity". It's an artificial definition used by people who feel threatened and insecure.

I've heard and seen the word applied to all sorts of situations. Mostly to blacks and whites, hardly ever Mexicans or hispanics. It does seem to occur when discussing certain races.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
31 Dec 2010  #24
Some do and some don't, in truth!
lateStarter 2 | 45
31 Dec 2010  #25
How about the joke? Do you like it? Funny, eh?

My wife was laughing her ass off!
OP No Nonsense 6 | 68
31 Dec 2010  #26
Uppity is a word spat in condescension. When someone wants to feel superior to another, they call them uppity. There's no such thing as "uppity". It's an artificial definition used by people who feel threatened and insecure.
I've heard and seen the word applied to all sorts of situations. Mostly to blacks and whites, hardly ever Mexicans or hispanics. It does seem to occur when discussing certain races.

In America, its a joke now and its a term not applied to any particular ethnicity. Lots of people use the word "uppity".

By posting this I only wanted to know if it was true that many are insecure with themselves or not. I always feel that extreme pride in oneself is due to insecurity, because I have experienced it myself and know what it feels like. When I see an eastern euro or any other prideful, smug, or person with a superiority complex that is withdrawn I know that they feel insecure in some way because they are really afraid they are inferior and are losers. When a person who really is intelligent has an ego that spins out of control and all of the sudden they believe they are a genius, there will be some insecurity because deep down inside the person really is aware that they are not a genius and they can't deal with it. They may treat other people like they are below them, and automatically assume people are idiots when they are not because of their insecurity just to convince themselves they're a genius. Usually very competitive people who want to impress other people are like this, because they feel they have to be on top of everyone else. They may even appear weak and shy, but deep down inside they want to have all the power. I admit, I suffer from this and it is truly a disease, but it is pretty easy for me to pick out someone with an inferiority complex because of it.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
31 Dec 2010  #27
One could say it's reflection and one could say it's observation ;) ;)

Part of the problem stems from the constant feeling of being badly governed. They feel that everything is in a bad state and why bother trying to change it. Many would rather sit on their bums and talk about it rather than actively change it.
Trevek 26 | 1,702
1 Jan 2011  #28
Maybe it's me but I sometimes find that because i don't speak Polish particularly well it is assumed I can't do anything else either.

Example: The woman in the post office kindly told me how to stick the stamps on the envelopes (bless her!).

People have shown me how to dig a hole (even though they knew I'd been in the army and had experience of such things).

People tried to teach me how to cut wood, even tho' I'd been living alone in a cottage, cutting my own wood, before they met me.
hague1cmaeron 14 | 1,377
2 Jan 2011  #30
Usually very competitive people who want to impress other people are like this, because they feel they have to be on top of everyone else. They may even appear weak and shy, but deep down inside they want to have all the power. I admit, I suffer from this and it is truly a disease, but it is pretty easy for me to pick out someone with an inferiority complex because of it.

That is an interesting observation, but than again doesn't everyone suffer from the same deficiency at some point in time? A lot of it comes down to mood, we all have times when we feel on top of the world and times when we feel as though we cannot sink any lower. It is a bit like the weather.


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