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Russian Women Live in a Polychronic Culture

5. October 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

The ways in which we perceive time, structure our time and react to time are powerful communication tools. Edward T. Hall, a prominent American anthropologist, divided the world into two major cultural poles regarding attitudes towards time: monochronic and polychronic.


Monochronic cultures include the United States, Canada, Japan, and northern and western Europe, while polychronic cultures include countries of the Former Soviet Union, Latin America, the Mediterranean countries, and the Arab world.


According to Hall, polychronic cultures "are oriented toward people, human relationships and the family, which is the core of their existence." Does this sound familiar of your favorite Russian brides?


Most men that date Russian and Ukrainian women online are monochrons, meaning their time perception is linear, their work patterns are task oriented, and their goals and missions are clearly established. They plan a date for 2pm, not “sometime in the afternoon,” and they live by the mottos “time is money” and “the schedule is sacred.”


Multicultural couples typically notice this vast difference right away, so it helps to learn more about it early in the relationship to facilitate good compromise and communication.


Here are some common differences to keep in mind.



Source: RIA Novosti, Wikipedia