Stereotypes

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British stereotypes

How do different British stereotypes influence the way we see Britons?
If you think of a stereotype, you instantly focus on what it describes. The images you create are then used to recognize both populations and countries, and the stereotype is used as a basic layer to gather information. So, the stereotypes often make the first impression of (for instance) a country. The knowledge is important as it also can give you the will to find out more about the country. This is both positive and negative, because the population is also exposed, which brings us to the question: How do different stereotypes influence the way we see Britons?

The British stereotypes influence our vision upon the
Britons, by giving us an idea of how they act or behave as human beings. However, some of the allegations are true, but the majority of stereotypes are created as a product of our own imagination.
This is why we have to consider whether to believe in the stories or not, and also figure out where these stereotypes origin and why they were made.
Stereotypes in general presents a population in a
“typical” point of view, as the statements are based on what we know about their society, or what the rest of the world believes.

A mental picture
A stereotype is a mental picture of a population, where the population is stereotyped because of a common quality. In this context the mental picture doesn’t only affect us, the creators of the stereotypes, but also the Britons. Some stereotypes are in a way meant to be funny, as long as you know which ones are true and not. Otherwise, the stereotyped people sometimes become victims of stereotypes held by others, which are looked upon as unfair statements. This common quality is often a “frozen picture” of how the population once where, but on the other hand (as mentioned) it is also a small…...

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