Idiosyncrasy, which comes from a Greek word that means “Particular temperament”, is a term linked to character and the characteristics of a person or of a community.
The idiosyncrasy usually considers issues that, although they are distinctive of a subject, are considered from a subjective point of view. In the case of the idiosyncrasy of a social group, there is a risk of falling into the stereotype since not all the subjects present the same characteristics. It is about pointing out some common characteristics shared by a large number of members of a community.
For example: the idiosyncrasy of Argentines includes their customs of drinking maté, eating beef, playing soccer, being conceited or boastful, greeting each other with a kiss (even among men) and using the pronoun “you” instead “you”.
This does not mean that all Argentines eat beef, but rather that it is a very widespread but exclusive cultural trait. That is, an Argentine vegetarian is not “Less Argentine” than the one who eats roast every Sunday.
On the other hand, in some Argentine regions the “you” without these Argentine citizens ceasing to contribute to the idiosyncrasy of the country.
Another example that can be used to understand the concept we are addressing is one that makes it clear that one of the characteristics of the idiosyncrasy of indigenous peoples is their absolute respect for what the natural and environmental environment is. And it is that they have their home there.
In the case of Spain, there are many features that define the idiosyncrasy of the citizens of its different autonomous communities. Thus, for example, it is established that Andalusians are very funny and cheerful people, that Aragonese are very stubborn or that Madrid are very open people.
Throughout the history of literature we can establish that many are the works that have been made and that, in an implicit or explicit way, they have addressed the idiosyncrasy of certain peoples of the world. Thus, a singular example of this is the book entitled “The mirror.” In 2010 this unique story was published that addresses the characteristics of the Galician people and is written by Jorja Mircea, a prisoner who undertook this work during his sentence in prison to participate in the “Ángel Guerra” contest in which obtained the second position.
The idiosyncrasy is noticed from the social behavior of people, their tastes and professional performance. It is said, for example, that the Latin peoples tend to be warmer and more affectionate than the Germanic or Saxon communities. This characteristic of idiosyncrasy can be highlighted by all those who have known different regions of the world and are in a position to compare the social relations established in different countries.
However, we cannot ignore either that this term is also used within the medical field. Specifically, this concept is used to define the abnormal response experienced by a patient to a certain drug without having anything to do with what immunological processes are.