When both arriving and departing Warsaw airport, I took the chance to observe how people close to one another greeted and bade farewell. Unlike in other habitancies, these interactions were restrained. Between males a shake of the hand or grasp of the forearm, and between females or females and males a short, perfunctory embrace. There was nothing more affectionate, and certainly no tears, in any of those I saw. Clearly, this is a society where the P trait holds great sway.
The city of Warsaw is a very orderly place, though not as intensively cared for as (e.g.) Salzburg or Singapore. The trams and subway ran on time, but graffiti is plentiful upon the suburban walls. The parks and streets are tidy, but wear and tear in the pathways and pavements is visible. Many of the Communist era blocks have been thoroughly renovated; signs of the country's socialist past are frequent, and there is apparent pride in the nation's educational institutions and solidarity. I saw some police, and also military as a barracks was quite near my place of stay, however there was no feeling of oppressive authority - things were orderly, but not overbearingly so.
Non-sanguine types are common, but I wouldn't say dominant in the society. Stony-faced unspeaking money changers, museum attendants and passersby were mainly of a PA type gestalt - again, non-perfectionists aren't often seen and seem commonly to have blended into the cultural norm of reservation. The Polish people can be called friendly, but it is a friendliness coupled with professionalism and practiced manners - a few times the smiles felt unnatural, as if they knew that they knew such things were good for foreigners. The only two spontaneous greetings I received in public were from drunkards.
There were however sanguine enclaves. One small cafe/restaurant was run by a family very obviously of the N gestalt, the blackboard of meals being handwritten with great flourishes. Interestingly many of their regular customers were also sanguine, and it was one of the few places were I saw Polish people gesturing and chatting quite loudly to one another. The owner spoke with them all intensely, so much so that I had the feeling of the old-fashioned and largely defunct British pub wherein the landlord/landlady takes pains to know the regulars. The place felt like a happy outpost of overt sociability.
NP and NPA types are likewise rather common. Traversing the city, I would see many tall people dressed in black/white/grey with the keynote black-framed glasses. The classic stocky NPA type was present in all manner of roles; security, waiters, tour guides, cab drivers. Submissive types were also frequent, but perhaps concealed from view - many passing faces seemed to avoid eye contact, and embodied the discretion which governed the national psyche. Unfortunately many NPA-/NA- types seem to shy away from occupations that deal directly with tourists. Fortuitously via visiting park playgrounds with my son, I met a few parents who seemed of the A- gestalt; very affable and caring in manner, but sometimes quite obviously paired with a non-submissive partner. The nation's two national icons - Frederic Chopin and Marie Curie - both appear to be of NPA- character at their respective museums.
One rainy afternoon I took the chance to view a Polish TV drama involving two detectives. The style of the filming was different from Spain or other nations; few facial close-ups, subdued musical overtones, and actors behaving in a reserved and natural manner. There was almost a gonzo or reality style to it all, with little fuss or flourish. However there were exceptions; an affable N type, apparently playing a vagrant, gestured expansively and opened a trash can containing a clue for the officers. In another scene an apparent suspect was a short-statured, Danny Devito style NPA type, almost comic with his angry protesting gestures. Amusingly was a scene in which a third PA detective coldly observed a selection of emotive others, playing the strong and silent type.
The Polish national football team, whose image was frequent in the city given the football World Cup, are quite representative of the men of Poland: http://ocdn.eu/ebooksimages-transforms/1/QbrktoARGh0dHA6Ly9vY2RuLmV1L25ld3N3ZWVrLXdlYi9kOThkMjAwMy02YTU2LTRkNmQtOTgzYi0xN2UwZjZhOTlmZTcuanBnkZMCAM0EGg
Overall I would term Poland's capital city a Balanced habitancy, although doubtless there is leaning to PA/A. On a return visit I would likely prioritize visiting a provincial town such as Poznan or Lublin in order to observe differences in the locals. If anyone has questions, ask away.
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