About romanians part 2

Posted on 2019-07-21    Category Romanian News

The second part of the article that we take it from

Spirituality goes deeper than you imagine   A lot of Romanians are religious people; some go to the church often, others keep spirituality at the core without necessarily making a thing out of it. The higher the level of education, the more silent spirituality is – but it definitely is somewhere there, inside. This spirituality also includes believing in signs and omens.

You will meet a lot of Romanians to be superstitious – avoid making payments on a Monday so as not to loose money all week, avoid passing underneath a ladder which brings bad luck, go back a few steps if they see a black cat, bad luck for them during the day if a person carrying an empty bucket comes their way, and good luck if the bucket is full, make the first step outside the house in the morning with their right foot forward so as to have a god day, and many more. There are general superstitions like the ones above, or more personal ones, some of which extremely surprising, and at high level of companies or of the state.

Many Romanians also believe in the ‘evil eye’ – in Romanian called ‘deochi’ – which happens when someone is either envious of them, or looks at them too affectionately, both causing them to feel psychically ill. There are traditional spells and blessing to remove the effects of the ‘deochi’.   Don’t be surprised if a business partner avoids signing a contract on a certain day because of a personal superstition. Try to find out what that is and how you can work around it.

Conflict avoiders, but loving conflict.  Road rage can be seen in Romania quite often, and in different forms, from just swearing, to sometimes – albeit more occasionally – even beatings. It’s not just the traffic causing it- Romanians love a good argument, even if they know they’re not necessarily right. It’s in the Latin roots of the people. But at the same time, Romanians tend to be very much conflict avoiders when authority is involved (a ‘rule’ which they don’t comply with all the time when the Police and a traffic rule is involved).

This is most often seen at work, where Romanians tend to keep the bad things to themselves in order to avoid conflict, thinking things will straight themselves out, and in order to protect their position. It is also something to be found often in personal relationships, when things which are considered harmful to the friendship are kept under silence.

This adds up a lot of tension inside, because of all the feedback that has not been given, so things might erupt when one least expect it. Fights with Romanians are often surprising, they will bring up issues from the past which are long forgotten and dealt with for you, but which they never mentioned in due time, and which you might find obsolete already.

A lot of passion, warmth & friendship.   Despite seeming to care less about many things (including their own future sometimes), Romanians are capable of great passion, and can pour their soul into what they do. When they are passionate about something, they go the (many) extra miles, they defend friendship and people, come up with amazing solutions.

Try to stir passion in a Romanian you’re working with, and you’re in for a successful project! Make sure you keep an eye on sticking to deadlines, though.

A bit of victimization and fear of conspiracies.  It is not always the case, but there will be Romanians who always find excuses for themselves, and in many cases believe whatever bad thing happened was somebodyelse’s fault, while they’re the victims. This sometimes goes hand in hand with a belief in and a fear of conspiracies, probably inherited from the Communist past, where conspiracies were indeed all over. In general, the first reaction in case something goes bad is to blame it on someone else, while clearing their name. Eventually, they will admit their part of the blame. Just watch the comments of Romanians fans after their favorite team lost a football match: “the referee was definitely against us! “ will be one of the most frequent excuses.

Romanians will be very suspicious in many cases, and take what you say with a pinch of salt  – while also being very gullible in other cases; these extremes… – so sometimes it might be hard to convince a Romanian, especially in case something sounds too good to be true. For example, when they’re being complimented, Romanians often think the one paying the compliment has a hidden agenda.

Creativity and outside the box thinking.  Romanians are known for the unexpected solutions they find for problems, and this goes for both the good, and the bad. This explains the high number of Romanian Olympiad winners in sciences, for example, the number of Romanians promoted to regional levels in multinational companies, and the Romanians who inspire the world with their music or with any other sort of art.

But it also explains the number of Romanians who commit crimes abroad, like complex fraud schemes, some of which involve lots of creativity. Working with a team of Romanians will almost always mean that a solution will be found – sometimes unexpected, sometimes unorthodox – to any problem that may arise.