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
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
self-respect, enjoyment of leisure time, and even
productivity all increase when
individuals break out of the neurotic pattern of relentless
A narcissistic state of mind
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 a fundamental
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 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
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
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 over time.
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
ÜbermenschThe truth is genuine self-respect and self-esteem is best built
outside of competitive
Huckleberry is unable to solve an
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.
Huckleberry made it
possible for Morn to succeed.
To a Zuni, Hopi,
or Lakota native American, Morn's performance would be seen 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 !
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'.
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
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
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
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 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
"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 America's cultural
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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