Some Italian personality traits, albeit broad and often stereotypical generalizations, include chattiness, fashion-consciousness, sexuality, smugness and fierce individualism. In practice, this individualism often equates to tight-knit communities and a generally suspicious attitude toward government. This is thought to have developed over centuries of foreign invasion.
Sometimes, these tight-knit communities do not even extend beyond the family household.
Another stereotype about Italians is that they are hypocritical, especially when it comes to religious morality. This assumption tends to be based on the country's deeply Catholic culture. When speaking about Italian mothers' personalities more specifically, it is often assumed that they are the dominant heads of the households.