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Why are turkish people so afraid of cold?
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1.       raydin
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 11 Sep 2014 Thu 09:28 pm

Just curious. I´ve never experienced before in my life living in a country where all the people are so afraid of cold. It´s so nerve wrecking and stressful sometimes. Turkish people are so afraid of getting ill it´s such a big deal to them. For example they fear things like ice cream or cold yogurt cause they think anything cold that enters your body willake you Ill. They don´t like walking on the floor in their houses with out socks or slippers on because they believe walking on slightly cold floors will make you sick. When going outside in the fall, people bundle themselves and their children up so much, you almost feel like your in Alaska. These are just from my observations being here.

 

i have a theory why turkish people are so afraid of illness though.I think in turkey´s history because at one time it became a very poor country an people didn´t have adequate and nutritious foods. They lived off of mostly bread and herbs they could find. They were lacking the basic nutrition and vitamins the body needed to fight off illness thus making their bodies weak. So most fell ill and probably died. Because of that I think the turkish people in the past connected (only the cold) to causing the illnesses and not the lack of being with out nutrition and having weak immune system. & slowly this behavior and fear became embedded in the culture. Idk just my observation. Not trying to criticize. I also ask this to my turkish friends. They laugh about it too lol. 



Edited (9/11/2014) by raydin

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2.       muratalp
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 11 Sep 2014 Thu 09:51 pm

 

Quoting raydin

Just curious. I´ve never experienced before in my life living in a country where all the people are so afraid of cold. It´s so nerve wrecking and stressful sometimes. Turkish people are so afraid of getting ill it´s such a big deal to them. For example they fear things like ice cream or cold yogurt cause they think anything cold that enters your body willake you Ill. They don´t like walking on the floor in their houses with out socks or slippers on because they believe walking on slightly cold floors will make you sick. When going outside in the fall, people bundle themselves and their children up so much, you almost feel like your in Alaska. These are just from my observations being here.

 

i have a theory why turkish people are so afraid of illness though.I think in turkey´s history because at one time it became a very poor country an people didn´t have adequate and nutritious foods. They lived off of mostly bread and herbs they could find. They were lacking the basic nutrition and vitamins the body needed to fight off illness thus making their bodies weak. So most fell ill and probably died. Because of that I think the turkish people in the past connected (only the cold) to causing the illnesses and not the lack of being with out nutrition and having weak immune system. & slowly this behavior and fear became embedded in the culture. Idk just my observation. Not trying to criticize. I also ask this to my turkish friends. They laugh about it too lol. 

 

I respect your idea.I have one idea for it also.

We are generally afraid of cold because mothers or fathers often say that ´dont go out in this cold weather or wear thick maybe 2-3 times! and when you go out with these thick wearings you become very sweaty and you get illness because the winter is not very cold here,really.but I speak about west of Turkey..East of Turkey people used to cold climate and weather so we can say this title for West of Turkey people maybe.İts my idea.

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3.       raydin
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 11 Sep 2014 Thu 11:54 pm

Yeah there´s also that. Their afraid of sweating on clothes and if you do they immediately tell you to change your clothes cause you´ll get ill. But it´s hard because, on the one hand their saying wear thick clothes and then when you wear thick clothes you of course sweat, then because you sweated they make you change your clothes into another thick outfit. It´s like an endless cycle. Anyway when I was living in America I never worried about these things and I was fine. I also never had to change my clothes more than 2 times in a day cause of a little sweat.

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4.       denizli
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 12 Sep 2014 Fri 01:17 am

 

Quoting raydin

Yeah there´s also that. Their afraid of sweating on clothes and if you do they immediately tell you to change your clothes cause you´ll get ill. But it´s hard because, on the one hand their saying wear thick clothes and then when you wear thick clothes you of course sweat, then because you sweated they make you change your clothes into another thick outfit. It´s like an endless cycle. Anyway when I was living in America I never worried about these things and I was fine. I also never had to change my clothes more than 2 times in a day cause of a little sweat.

 

??? I thought Turks were hot-blooded and therefore quite tolerant to the cold.

 

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5.       Braidylach
7 posts
 12 Sep 2014 Fri 03:29 pm

Thank you for this information. I now understand why my Turkish exchange student despised the frigid temperatures in New England last winter!



Edited (9/12/2014) by Braidylach
Edited (9/12/2014) by Braidylach

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6.       insallah
1277 posts
 14 Sep 2014 Sun 10:19 am

An observation I found during my time there was it seems many Turks do not like opening windows on transport, or in fact hate any wind or breeze.  Often if I was hot I would open , and very quickly someone shuts it Very innteresting

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7.       muratalp
61 posts
 14 Sep 2014 Sun 12:12 pm

 

Quoting insallah

An observation I found during my time there was it seems many Turks do not like opening windows on transport, or in fact hate any wind or breeze.  Often if I was hot I would open , and very quickly someone shuts it Very innteresting

Welcome to real Turkey!

 

8.       * Lamda*
56 posts
 14 Sep 2014 Sun 03:28 pm

The whole thing reminds me of my country too {#emotions_dlg.lol}

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9.       raydin
135 posts
 16 Sep 2014 Tue 01:56 pm

 

Quoting insallah

An observation I found during my time there was it seems many Turks do not like opening windows on transport, or in fact hate any wind or breeze.  Often if I was hot I would open , and very quickly someone shuts it Very innteresting

 

yes because they believe if a breeze touches you even if for a few seconds you can get ill. so i too had to sweat in hot transportation buses :/

10.       stumpy
638 posts
 16 Sep 2014 Tue 11:13 pm

The first time I went to Turkey, prior to going my friends told me bring warm cloths it is still cold here.  This was the end of April begining of May.  I am from Canada, I got on the plane in a snow storm, arrived in Dalaman at night and it was 18 degrees, in the day it went up to 25-28 degrees.  That is summer weather for me and they said it was cool.  I had to buy a few peice of clothing that were cooler but I was dieing of heat for a whole month  Iwas there.  {#emotions_dlg.bigsmile}

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