a strong drive
seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to
desire; "his ambition is to own his own
an eager, and sometimes an inordinate,
desire for preferment,
power, or the attainment of something
yourself to others and
see how badly you
can feel about yourself.
masochistic; it's the
American way." - Meghan Daum
"Play is a luxury, a frivolity relegated to the
cracks within the schedule of productive, educational, and developmental activities. The
competitive demands of adulthood today dictate that no time be wasted in play,
because every moment at play is a moment where you could be getting ahead in
life, preparing for the future.
The primacy of competition in
human nature) dovetails
closely with the ideology of the discrete
self living in an objective universe.
Life as a competition for
resources necessitates that there be
competitors, discrete subjects whose conflicting interests drive the constant
struggle for survival. It also implies a distinction between
life and resources,
that translates in our perceptions to a distinction between self and world." - Charles
"The inability to identify with others was unquestionably
the most important psychological condition for the fact that something like
Auschwitz could have
occurred in the midst of more or less civilized and innocent people.
What is called fellow traveling was primarily business interest: one
pursues one's own advantage before all else, and simply not to endanger
oneself, does not talk too much. That is a general law of the status quo.
The silence under the terror was only
The coldness of the societal monad, the isolated
competitor, was the precondition, as indifference to the fate of others, for
the fact that only very few people reacted. The torturers know this, and they
put it to test ever anew." - Theodor Adorno
is football, basketball, baseball and soccer!
There is car races, foot
races, balloon races
and dog races!
There is The Biggest Loser, The Bachelorette, Wheel of
Fortune and Survivor!
Competition for breakfast, competition for lunch
and competition for dinner!
There is the race for Congressman, the race
for Senator and the race for President!
There is the race to be the
first to patent a product,
the race to be the first to copywrite a saying and there is, the most important
race of all, the race to marketing success!
There is Dancing with the
Stars, America's Got Talent and Who Want's to be a Millionaire!
Competition for breakfast, competition for lunch and competition for
The duality of
competition requires an
individual or group of
individuals to succeed while another
individual or group of
In 2007 for competitive fun' and as a morale
booster the Los Angeles Sheriff's held one day
people can you arrest?
How many cars can you impound?
essentially detrimental to every important aspect of
human social interactions !!!
self-respect, enjoyment of leisure time, and even
productivity all increase when
individuals break out of the neurotic
pattern of relentless
Intentional competition is an
narcissistic state of
compete to establish themselves as the most intelligent, the most attractive,
or the wealthiest.
compete in school.
compete in the work place.
compete in the city, in
the country, on the mountains, in the valleys, on the plains and in the
compete because they desire acknowledgement,
recoginition and do so in an attempt to be viewed as superior.
be conceptualized as a
self-regulating system, where
self-esteem and enhancement are sought through a
variety of social means with little regard for the
consequences borne by others.
Agentic traits, assertiveness,
extraversion, and self-esteem are all correlated
Narcissism is associated with
benefits to the individual that are primarily affective and most evident in the
short-term, but the costs of
narcissism are paid by others and,
eventually, by the individual in the long-term. The rise in
narcissism may be positive in the
short term for individuals, but negative for other people, for
society, and for the individual in the long term.
College students were 30 % more narcissistic on average in 2006 than in
Students today have markedly higher and more unrealistic
expectations of success.
More than half of recent high school students (51%) predicted that they
would earn graduate or professional degrees, even though only 9% of 25- to
34-year-old high school graduates actually hold these degrees. In 1976, only
half as many (27%) predicted this outcome. During the same period, the
percentage of high school students who predicted that they would be working in
a professional job by age 30 also increased, from 41% to 63% . In
reality, only 18% of high school graduates ages 25
to 34 in both eras worked at professional jobs." - Jean Twenge
"Large-scale advertising is one
of the main factors in American
society that creates and
maintains a peculiar form of narcissism ideally suited to
consumerism. As such, it
creates artificial needs within people that directly
conflict with their capacity to form a satisfying and sustainable relationship
with the natural
world." - Mary Gomes and Allen Kanner
Continually striving to increase one's abilities at
doing some particular thing well is not to be confused with
Most major accomplishments throughout
history have been achieved simply out
of an individual's
desire to create something not out of a
desire to best the fellow next door.
Alfie Kohn, No Contest: The Case
Against Competition, believes
popular American concepts of
competition rest on
false assumptions centered around
the concept of Social
Darwinism is a late nineteenth century ideology
predicated on a corrupt understanding of the concept of survival of the fittest
used to justify social policies which make no distinction between those with
control of resources and those without assets.
Social Darwinism elevates the notions
of: a pyramid squatting
King/Emperor/Supreme Leader, in ancient times half man-half god, a son of a
sexual union of a mortal woman and
a male patriarch procreator god;
competition between "legal persons" but allows no distinction between penniless
men and women and international corporate conglomerates backed with fungible
assets in a firewalled database running on a megacomputer in the basement of
the Boot in Basel, Switzerland; suggests some men are superior, as in the vein
of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche's
Übermensch corrupted by Nazi ideology to become Untermensch, genetically
inferior sub-human - Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Russians, Serbs, Belarussians,
Ukrainians, Turks, Arabs, Persians, Chinese, Africans, Eskimos, Hawaiians (pretty much all other cultural groups)
therefore concluding Imperialism is justified - "just bringing civilization to
the heathens!", the use of Eugenics is justified - "those darkies breed like
rabbits!", an obvious
and apparent cognitively biased racial hypothesis based on comparing apples and
oranges due to a faulty understanding of sustainable cultures - " those fools
gave us Manhattan for a handful of glass beads - they will never be able to
make an economy hum!"
This myth is based on a
fundamental misunderstanding of
Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection.
It is falsely believed
that the phrase 'survival of the
fittest' implies an internal struggle among members of a species from which
only the strongest, most competitive
members emerge victorious. This is incorrect if a species is spread over a vast
area. Survival is dependent upon many
changing environmental factors.
"Cooperation, and not competition, is
the primary basis of life and the primary engine of evolution."
"We've seen the gross misuse of evolution - under the guise
of Social Darwinism and the "survival of the fittest" -
to justify class oppression,
imperialism." - David P. Barash
Survival of a species or sub species biologically requires that the
species or sub species retain the ability to produce
surviving offspring who in turn
reproduction is the factor that predicates
success of a species or sub species.
a tendency for groups of animals and groups of
cooperate which contributes far
more to reproductive
success within the group than
competitive inclinations of
individuals directed within the group.
violently fierce alpha
male begins a
slaughter with a single or multiple
murder within a family, a tribe or other
small group. Murder within this small
group consumes the group to the point
where there is a question of the continued viability of the group. If the
other males are all wiped out then if
reproduction continues it will be between
close family members.
Incest creates fatal genetic problems for future
generations ending with the family, tribe or small
group dying out.
A good example of this can be
seen recently in history with the experience of
Fletcher Christian and the other mutineers of the Bounty who settled on
John Adams was the
sole male survivor of the party that had
landed just ten years before.
Raising human offspring was and is a difficult
undertaking. Those who can work effectively
with others in the group are more
likely to be reproductively
successful over time.
In the past endangering one's own
life endangered the
lives of the other members of the group.
has always been, and still is, a risky strategy that rarely pays off.
human groups create
an inherited predisposition for cooperation in their offspring.
Cooperation is pervasive
within any successful civilization, successful nation, successful region, successful locality or successful family group. A
lone individual can
succeed only when he or she
cooperates with the larger
social order prevalent in the culture in which he or she resides.
conditions are responsible for the pervasive
Children are taught by
popular culture, by the
television, by public education, by the actions and by the interests of
their elders to be competitive.
Orson is unable to
solve an arithmetic problem. The
teacher asks him to
think carefully. Orson is still unable to answer the
question as he realizes unwanted attention
is directed at him. The rest of the class responds with a
forest of waving
hands and much sighing. Finally
Erma is called upon and proudly
delivers the correct solution. Orson's
failure has made it possible for
Erma to succeed in being recognized.
To a Zuni,
Hopi, or Lakota native
American, Erma's performance would be
seen as cruel.
competition does not occur in
all human cultures is not inevitably a part of
human nature. No human
behavior is understood to
be an innate human
trait if one single culture does not exhibit it
competition is that
competition makes each of
us better. The truth is genuine
respect for oneself is best built outside of competitive frameworks.
In cooperative situations tremendous gain
is derived from sharing one's skills in a helpful way
with others. Relationships of
trust and appreciation do more for one's
sense of well-being than the constant struggle to
concept of play
which emphasizes process before outcome has become lost in the
competitive nature of American
children have lost their natural and
spontaneous love of play.
Cross cultural research demonstrates
competition for older
American children is not fun with a simple game.
Two children sit on
opposite sides of a checker board. A
marker is placed on the middle square and the children are told that they will
take turns moving the marker one square at a time for a total of 20 moves. If a
child gets the marker to his side of the
board, he will receive a prize. Then the game will be played again (4 times
total), and the other child will go
Four-and-five-year-old, Anglo-American and Mexican-American children almost universally helped one
another take turns in winning. That
is, the child who goes second moves the
marker in the direction of the other
goal. Virtually every game ends
with one child getting a prize. These
children had fun' and are
Among seven-to-nine-year-olds the
pattern changes completely. Both
Anglo-American and Mexican-American children
prevent anyone from
winning 50 to 80 per cent of the
time. These children are not happy. These
children did not have fun'.
Mexican children seven-to-nine-year-olds
with little or no contact with American
culture manage to
cooperate and earn prizes in a
majority of the games. They had fun' and were happy.
myth is that
competitiveThe obvious futility of wasting one's energy
preventing another from
winning provides the starting point
for the critique of competition's contribution to
frameworks make for
the highest levels of productivity.
In the late 1970s a team of researchers at the University of Texas set out to identify the
personality characteristics that correlated with the highest levels of
professional performance. They reasoned that striving for mastery, a positive
attitude toward work, and
competitiveness would all correlate
positively with achievement.
High levels of
conscious orientation toward mastery of
skills were found among the highest achievers, but
the top achievers showed low levels of competitiveness. To test the result,
many more studies were conducted, each time using a
different sample of subjects - businessmen, college
students, airline reservation agents,
and grade school
students - and each time the same result was found.
Competitiveness consistently correlated
negatively with achievement. Those high in achievement were low in
American belief in
the benefits of competition
has permeated America's cultural consciousness.
Competition practices have become
an entrenched part of American poplar
business and American politics.
Competition can undermine
individual growth and
development, as well as human
"The real alternative to
being number one is not being number two but being
free enough to dispense with rankings all
together."- Alfie Kohn, American
like American Idol,The Swan and The Bachelor teach us,
things that are merely enjoyed - like singing, looking your best, falling in
love - are piteously
wasted. You have to make them into
contests." - Meghan Daum
autistic = a tendency to view life in terms of one's own needs and
"I'm a hypercompetitive individual." -
beings are the only living beings that think it is a good idea to completely
eliminate the competition." -
"Every CEO, it seems, has to be made to look like a
dashing Confederate cavalry general or a boardroom Elvis Presley. Real
leadership has little to do with 'leadership qualities'; and even less to do
with 'charisma.' It is mundane, unromantic, and boring. Its essence is
performance." - Peter F. Drucker*
"Cultural paterns operate socially only in concrete situations where
inter-personal and inter-group relations are
actually taking place. Here, we may distinguish autistic behavior as an
exclusively intra-personal function, from social
behavior involving inter-personal and inter-group relations." - Eric Trist
"Just win, baby" is the
credo for our corporatist
society, so we shouldn't be surprised to see
religious leaders and even students use and
abuse every weapon at their disposal to
achieve their goals. If we don't like the results, we have to
speak up, vote for and
put our hearts, minds and energy into better
government, law and
order, honesty and fairness." - Hal
The CEOs of 10 Wall Street firms that either failed
or received taxpayer bailouts were paid an average of $28.9 million per year in
the years leading up to the Wall Street meltdown. Their average pay this
decade, calculated through 2007, equaled 575 times the median American
familys 2007 income. At the core of every massive
corporate unraveling, whether it
Johnson & Johnson or the
Helmsley Hotels, sits a
hypercompetitive manager or
Fat cat compensation has nothing to do
with good corporate performance. These CEOs were exorbitantly compensated for
driving their companies off the cliff. At a minimum, Congress must ensure that
corporate leaders are paid for long-term performance, not
short-term illusions." - Robert
"At a minimum, those whose
competitiveness makes their reach
exceed their grasp are ineffective and unethical; at a maximum they are
downright detrimental to society." - Barbara
Hypercompetitive individuals often
think their self-worth is contingent on
winning. When they start any
activity, their first thought is, I need to
win.' "- John Tauer
take-no-prisoners competitors can be
very successful much more rapidly than win-win
competitors, mainly because they are obsessed, single-track and totally focused
on their own desired result." - Denis
Hypercompetitors when asked to imagine an Earth without
competition foresee a general
collapse of the moral order. Some truly
believe we would
cease to exist were it not for
The gist of this
self-aggrandizement, at the
expense of others. This is a
typically may succeed in many parts of their lives,
but interpersonal, especially intimate, relations
are often deeply troubled.
Hypercompetitors ignore feedback effects.
Hypercompetitors lack both insight
"In healthy people, the more
you activate a portion of your frontal
lobes, the more accurate your view of
yourself is. The more you view yourself as desirable or better than your
peers, the less you use those frontal
lobes."- Jennifer Beer
2002 study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology examined
romantic relationships of
hypercompetitive individuals and
found these individuals reported lower levels of honest communication with the partner, greater
infliction of pain on him or her,
stronger feelings of
possessiveness, higher levels of
mistrust, stronger needs to control their partner,
lower ability to understand their partners
perspective, and higher levels of
On December 23, 2009 John Baldoni posted How to
Crack the Self-Awareness Paradigm on HarvardBusiness.org.
example, you may think you communicate, delegate, supervise, and recognize
others well, but until you receive others' opinions on these things, you cannot
truly know." - John Baldoni
boys behaving badly
"The destiny of
the wolf cub is to become a wolf,
even if it is reared among the sons of
men." - Saadi of Shiraz
disorder (APD) is a mental disorder defined by the American Psychiatric
Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual: "The essential feature for
the diagnosis is a pervasive pattern of disregard for,
and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early
adolescence and continues into adulthood." Considered essential features of the disorder are
deceit and manipulation.Common
characteristics of people with
disorder include - persistent lying or stealing; recurring difficulties
with the law; tendency to violate the rights and boundaries of others
(property, physical, sexual, emotional, legal); aggressive, often violent
behavior; inability to tolerate boredom; disregard for the safety of self or
others; lack of remorse for hurting others; superficial charm; impulsiveness;
a sense of extreme entitlement; lack
of guilt; relentlessness; recklessness.
"There are few social sanctions - as contrasted
with legal or financial ones - for bad behavior. Executives who have served
jail time are back on television and are still
celebrities. More to the point,
they arent shunned by their
colleagues. The prevailing mood seems to be, as long as people retain
enough wealth, they can buy their way back by
donating time and money. If we are serious about enforcing norms,
then there have to be real sanctions." - Jeffrey PfefferThe CEO of Whole Foods market, John Mackey, made anonymous
internet forum postings disparaging Wild Oats market from 1999 to 2006 with the
intent to drive down the value of Wild Oats. John
Mackey posted comments stating the company "has no value and no future" and
that management "clearly doesn't know what it
is doing." Whole Foods made a hostile
takeover bid in February 2007. The postings came to light due to a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit over
monopoly issues. (Once Whole Foods put Wild Oats out of business they introduced a new
line of "natural food" which turned
our to be standard non-organic chemically
processed supermarket foods. Gotta love the greed,
sabotage and lying exhibited by
American Aristocrat and hypercompetitor John
managers are not evil people in their everyday lives, but in the
context of their jobs, they have a separate
moral code which make up the fundamental rules of corporate life: (1)
You never go around your boss. (2) You tell your boss what he wants to hear,
even when your boss claims that he wants dissenting views. (3) If your boss
wants something dropped, you drop it. (4) You are sensitive to your bosss
wishes so that you anticipate what he wants; you dont force him, in other
words, to act as a boss. (5) Your job is not to report something that your boss
does not want reported, but rather to cover it up. You do your job and you keep
your mouth shut." - Robert Jackall, Moral Mazes
Known as the turnaround specialist and
downsizer, "Chainsaw Al".
Drastically altered the economic status of
Nitec, Scott Paper and Sunbeam.
Engineered a massive accounting fraud
at Nitec, a paper-mill between 1974 to 1976. Nitec's $5 million profit for 1976
was actually a $5.5 million loss. Nitec sued Dunlap for fraud, but was
ultimately forced out of business.
Engineered a Scott Paper merger with
Kimberly-Clark in 1995 which netted him a $100 million golden parachute -
suspected of irregularities.
Took over as Chairman and CEO of Sunbeam
in 1996. Hostile takeovers of camping gear maker Coleman and coffee machine
maker Signature Brands, best known for making Mr. Coffee and smoke detector
maker First Alert. Sunbeam reported record earnings of $189 million in 1997 of
which the SEC estimated $60 million were fraudulent. Paid $15 million to settle
shareholder lawsuit, was fined $500,000 to settle the SEC's charges.
Banned from serving as an officer or director of any public company.
In a review of the book "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson Business
Week reported that Dunlap "scores pretty high on the Hare Psychopathy
Ambition is a tricky devil.
greed is the result of too much ambition.
Sloth is the result of too little
See Frances Bacon
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