This is a question that I like to ask the group as the reputation of Porteños is of an Opinionated sometimes rude people . I like to hear your opinions and personal experiences you have had in Buenos Aires
During my time here I have arrived at almost exactly the same conclusion. There is a large disconnect between where the country is and where many think it should be (where it was 80 years ago) which eventually needs to be relieved with random bronca. Also that inferiority complex is most apparent in the retail/service sector - the rudeness I get in these situations is I think an attempt to say 'even if I am serving you, you are no better than me'. I also think if you met most of these people in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes they would be typical Argentine hosts fussing over you and displaying the most disarming hospitality.lostnation said:I can't help but come at this from a psychological perspective. I can see how Argentina could be seen as having some national "complexes" as a result of its tumultuous past and decline from being one of the most affluent nations. Combined with a strong sense of national pride, I think you have the perfect recipe for a national cultural inferiority-complex. I think the perceived rudeness is probably just a hardened exterior and inflated ego as a result, which seems to me probably a common response. This of course is only an opinion, and one that surely doesn't apply to everyone if anyone at all.
Now, to commence the long-winded task of psychoanalyzing the US!