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This essay based on wide background information. The writer of this essay tries to show the Hungarian stereotypes through theoretical view, statistical facts and mainly his own thoughts.

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Name: Korn�l Kr�mer Course: BABL Year: III. Module: Business Communication Module leader: Ildik� Poly�k Date: Monday, 20th January 2003 Hungarian Stereotypes Content of pages Content of pages 2 Introduction 3 Theory of stereotypes 3 About Hungarians 4 Hungarians about Hungarians 4 Hungarian stereotypes 6 Foreigners about Hungarians 7 Conclusion 8 Bibliography 10 Introduction This essay based on wide background information. The writer of this essay tries to show the Hungarian stereotypes through theoretical view, statistical facts and mainly his own thoughts. It must be mentioned that the writer is a Hungarian person, so the ideas are more original and the essay shows the inner information about Hungarian society. The essay starts with a theoretical approach of stereotypes, then it continues with an introduction to Hungarian stereotypes. This part of the essay contains findings and analyses of certain questionnaires. Interesting things of Hungarian stereotypes in a more experience approach close this part. Theory of stereotypes1 Social psychology just like other modern disciplines rooted in sociological and philosophical customs. From the Enlightenment social psychology inherited two basic dilemmas: 1. universalism versus relativism; 2. action versus cognition. Ad 1.: The Enlightenment's philosophy says, that every man is a personality and the member of the society, and universal and rational laws control their behaviour. The social differences among the groups are accidental. All people have a "common world", which causes the people to make grounded moral decisions. ...read more.


A related experience shows that deficient (negative or neutral) identification results in a stronger intolerance while the acknowledged identification and its positive nature (if it is not "overheated" emotionally) generally goes hand in hand with tolerance, and is even a precondition of it. The main feature of identification is that the most learned and the best-educated people have the most conscious and most positive (but not merely emotional) national consciousness, the most optimistic vision, the most realistic and balanced national self-image and historic awareness. The main preservers of the minority consciousness are the minority intellectuals, in spite of the fact that generally they have not graduated in their mother language and worked in a majority language environment. The mother language is a key element of the identification of the Central European Hungarians, in spite of the fact that generally, only a smaller part of the Hungarians living in minority outside Hungary can live among bilingual conditions with the dominance of the mother language. The way minority Hungarians use their mother language shows, due to the sociological environment, certain signs of degradation: the mother language domineers among the less educated rural population. The language culture of the mother language has an important role: the majority of the readings of Hungarians living in larger groups is in Hungarian and, unlike in the mother country, cultural traditions are important, and the classical Hungarian literature has a substantial share between the readings (especially for the ones living scattered). ...read more.


The currency trader George Soros, perhaps the single most powerful man on the world, is a Hungarian. Ernie Kovacs, the most cerebral and inventive television comedian who ever lived, was a Hungarian. Take the example of Schick razor. Schick was Hungarian. Or another example: ballpoint pen called "biro"? Biro was Hungarian. A Hungarian, John von Neumann, invented game theory and he was the first to apply binary numbers to problems in computing. A question: who manufactures today the "brains" for the computers? The answer is Intel. A Hungarian, Andrew Grove (not a typical Hungarian name), founded the company. Hungarians are especially ubiquitous in math. Open a college math textbook, and you'll most likely find a smattering of Frenchmen, a rather greater number of Germans, a few Brits and Japanese, and, most of all, Hungarians. Hungarians beyond counting, except by Hungarians, who are better at this sort of thing than we mere mortals. Von Neumann, Bolyai, K�lm�n, P�lya, Tur�n, Szego,, Erdos, Reisz, Fej�r...the torrent of goulash never ends."6 These words are not from the mind the writer, but they are very true. It is a fact that Hungarians are very out-of-the-common, but this behaviour helped them be one of the survivors of the European history. They are not just intelligent, but very energetic, although they also can be very lazy. Just like the famous Hungarian poem hero, Toldi does: we can just lay back under the hot summer sun and relax. But we can also kill a wolf with only one hit.... ...read more.

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