That's your anecdote. I personally do identify as European.
I always find my thinking amazingly similar to Germans when I visit.
On the other hand, I simply can not believe, given we speak the same language (give or take), the yawning gap between American thinking. Unless the American is suitably well travelled and "Europeanized", it's nearly impossible to communicate.
Makes me wonder why we fought Germany over such a small matter as a Hungry Ostrich getting shot.