"Keep comparing yourself to others and
see how badly you can feel about yourself.
It's not masochistic; it's the American way."
Meghan Daum


Chimps outwit humans in games of strategy

Like people, chimps prefer teamwork over competition

Science of Why Humans Constantly Compare Themselves to Others

Competition in biology and sociology, is a contest between two or more organisms, animals, individuals, groups, etc., for territory, a niche, for a location of resources, for resources and goods, for mates, for prestige, for recognition, for awards, for group or social status, or for leadership.

The duality of competition requires an individual or group of individuals to succeed while another individual or group of individuals fail.

Competition is essentially detrimental to every important aspect of human social interaction.

Human relationships, self-respect, enjoyment of leisure time, and even productivity all increase when individuals break out of the neurotic pattern of relentless competition.

A narcissistic state of mind requires competition.

Narcissitic individuals compete to establish themselves as the most intelligent, the most attractive, or the wealthiest.

Narcissitic individuals compete because they desire acknowledgement, recoginition and they do so in an attempt to be seen as superior.

"Narcissism can 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 with narcissism. 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." - Jean Twenge

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Social Darwinism

American concepts of competition rest on false assumptions centered around the concept of Social Darwinism.

Most major accomplishments throughout human history have been achieved simply out of a desire to discover or create.

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 messianic pyramid squatting Supreme Leader, in ancient times half man-half god, the son of a sexual union of a mortal woman and a male patriarch procreator god;

competition between "legal persons" occurs on a level playing field;

imperialism is justified as certain 'races' are superior.

Pinocchio nose

Pinocchio, a marionette with unformed morality, often falls into the temptation to get carried away by bad company and is prone to lying.

The Fox and the Cat, bind his arms, pass a noose around his throat, and hang him from the branch of an oak tree before changing their minds and selling Pinocchio, along with Lampwick, to the men that run Toyland where everyone plays all day and never works.

The first myth, the myth of Social Darwinism,
is that competition between humans is necessary.

The phrase 'survival of the fittest' implies internal struggle among members of a species is the overriding concern.

This creates a purposeful fundamental misunderstanding of Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection which states explicitly that survival is dependent upon changing environmental factors.

"We've seen the gross misuse of evolution - under the guise of Social Darwinism and the "survival of the fittest" - to justify class oppression, monopolies, and imperialism." - David P. Barash

Group coöperation contributes far more to reproductive success within the group than competitive inclinations of individuals directed within the group.

Assume a single violently fierce alpha male begins a slaughter with a single or multiple murder within a family, a tribe or other small group.

Murder consumes the group to the point where there is a question of the continued viability. If the other males are all wiped out then if reproduction continues it will be between close family members.

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 Pitcairn Island.

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.

Direct physically confrontational competition has always been, and still is, a risky strategy that rarely pays off.

Successful individual human groups forged an inherited predisposition for coöperation in their offspring.

Coöperation is pervasive within any successful grouping of humans.


The second myth is competition mints Übermensch

The truth is genuine self-respect and self-esteem is best built outside of competitive frameworks.

Huckleberry is unable to solve an arithmetic problem.

The teacher asks Huckleberry to think carefully.

Huckleberry is unable to answer when unwanted attention is directed at him.

But the attention hounds have no such problem waving hands and sighing.

Finally Morn is called upon and proudly delivers the correct solution.

The failure of Huckleberry made it possible for Morn to succeed.

To a Zuni, Hopi, or Lakota native American, Morn's performance would be seen as cruel.

As 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 even one single culture does not exhibit it !

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The third myth is that competition is 'fun'.

Play is fun. Playful competition can be fun. Competiton can be defeating.

The original concept of play emphasizes process before outcome.

Once you introduce a 'need', an outcome, to any acvtivity then you have shifted the nature of the activity engaged in from 'play' to 'work'.

Play is for fun while work is for survival.

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 first.

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 child's goal. Virtually every game ends with one child getting a prize. These children had 'fun' and are happy.

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 MICE culture managed to coöperate and earn prizes in a majority of the games. They had 'fun' and were happy.


The fourth myth is that competitive
frameworks make for the highest levels of productivity.

High levels of conscious orientation toward mastery of skills were found among the highest achievers, but the top achievers showed low levels of competitiveness.

Competitiveness consistently correlates negatively with achievement. Those high in achievement were low in competitiveness. There were focused on the task at hand and were not concerned about monitoring performance.

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competitive truth

"The real alternative to being number one is not being number two but being psychologically free enough to dispense with rankings all together."- Alfie Kohn

"Television shows like American Idol and The Bachelor teach us, things that are merely enjoyed - like singing and falling in 'love" - are piteously wasted. You have to make them into contests." - Meghan Daum

The belief in the 'benefit of competition' has permeated America's cultural consciousness.

Competition practices have become an entrenched part of American poplar culture, American education, American business and American politics.

But competition can undermine individual growth and development, as well as human relationships.

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