posted on Dec, 7 2008 @ 07:28 PM
There is a psychological phenomenon known as "outgroup homogenity." Put briefly, humans have a tendency to think their is more diveristy and
difference within "their" group than in "other" groups, which are perceived as being "all the same." This is true for any type of group: school,
community, fans of different sports teams, different religions, different career fields, different nations, etc.
Thus, for example, Americans would tend to feel that there are lots of individual differences within their country, but to define Germans, Brits,
Brazilians, Zambians, etc. more as a group ("The Japanese are all alike," etc.). This naturally leads to stereotyping. Needless to say, other
peoples of the world have the same tendency, and would thus look at America as a monolithic culture defined by cartoonish images culled from mass
The only remedy for this is travel and exposure to others.