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.
self-respect, enjoyment of leisure time, and even
productivity all increase when
individuals break out of the neurotic
pattern of relentless competition.
state of mind requires competition.
Narcissitic individuals compete to establish
themselves as the most intelligent, the most attractive, or the
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
American concepts of competition rest on
false assumptions centered around
the concept of Social
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.
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
competition between "legal persons" occurs on a level playing
imperialism is justified
as certain 'races' are superior.
The phrase 'survival of the fittest' implies
internal struggle among members of a species is the overriding concern. This is
misunderstanding of Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection which states
explicitly that survival is dependent upon many changing environmental
"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
Group cooperation contributes far more
to reproductive success within the group
than competitive inclinations of individuals directed within the
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.
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.
offspring was and is a difficult undertaking. Those who can work effectively
with others in the group are more
likely to be reproductively successful
confrontational competition has always been, and still is, a risky strategy
that rarely pays off.
human groups forged an inherited
predisposition for cooperation in their offspring.
Cooperation is pervasive within any
successful grouping of humans.
The second myth is competition mints
ÜbermenschThe 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
Huckleberry is unable to
answer when unwanted attention is directed at him.
But the attention
hounds have no such problem waving hands and sighing.
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.
competition does not occur in all
human cultures is not inevitably a part of
human nature. No human
understood to be an innate human
trait if even one single culture does not exhibit it !
The third myth is that competition is 'fun'. Play is fun.
Playful competition can be fun. Competiton can be defeating.
original concept of play emphasizes process
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.
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
seven-to-nine-year-olds the pattern changes completely. Both Anglo-American and
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 cooperate and earn prizes in a
majority of the games. They had 'fun' and were happy.
The fourth myth is that competitive
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.
"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 DaumThe
belief in the 'benefit of competition' has permeated
Competition practices have become
an entrenched part of American poplar culture, American education, American
business and American politics.
competition can undermine
individual growth and development, as well as human
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