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Why do people compete against each other?


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#1 Laconic

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 09:34 PM

Like in sports and such..

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 07:50 PM

Natural competition often occurs in humans too in various circumstances, and it all is traced back to Darwin's theory of Evolution - survival of the fittest.

As for sports, well, that's simply an artificial type of environment I would think. Not applicable to reality and real life. The rules of the game simply state that winning is a competition, and to win you have to against each other.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 10:00 AM

what would happen if a certain quality (like being a real bee worker borderline workaholic, or maybe being non-confrontational) ended up being uncompetitive in the Darwinian sense ?

what if it made you less likely to breed ?

would that doom these hypothetical qualities to never becoming widespread in the population ?

what I'm saying is, are we doomed under the current "system" to never getting rid of wars or murder ... etc ?

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 08:09 PM

Each one of us have a desire to be the BEST; especially at something we're good at - either a natural talent or acheived through years of hard work. In either case, we want to prove we're better at it than others. The burning inside desire to out-do someone, the feling of victory, the sense of satisfaction at an achievment. All these "emotions" lead us to compte against other people.

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 03:49 AM

Everything in this universe is competitive. It creates a pyramid. But this pyramid is just a slice out of a circle. 3.1415926 is the reason everyone and everything is competitive.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 04:31 AM

Like in sports and such..


Blame nature. Everything in nature is striving to be the best it can be, or else it will die out. Its a bit like blaming water because it's wet.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 03:12 AM

This is actually pretty interesting how people compete, and always want to get to the top - as the top do imply separateness, and not togetherness which we may claim as being a more important human need.
So we may argue that human beings are not selfish, competitive or individualistic – and from there use it as a reason to rise over other human beings.
Those traits may have come from social learned behaviours, or it may come from basic human traits.
I would like to get insight from others in this problem actually, how the togetherness, love and acceptance are in relation to the selfish, competitive and individualistic.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 05:41 AM

Human beings compete because whether we like to acknowledge it or not, we are animals and forever will remain that way. We compete much like our smaller (pre)frontal cortex counterparts. If you view any species of animals you may find some version of hierarchy. Our need for “togetherness” is just as important as our intrinsic desire for individuality. If we continue to strive to be these wholesome individuals who are only concerned for others then we could experience cognitive dissonance which could potentially result in projections of our fantasy to be ‘at the top’ in other parts of our lives.


If you are interested in grasping a broader outlook on the structure of our society and power I would check out a book entitled The Pornography of Power by Lionel Rubinoff.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 02:39 PM

[quote name='fish666']This is actually pretty interesting how people compete, and always want to get to the top - as the top do imply separateness, and not togetherness which we may claim as being a more important human need.

But how would you explain somebody's behavior if he isn't willing to compete - even though he knows he will win?
This isn't an uncommon behaviour nowadays, is it?!

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:32 AM

Like in sports and such..


We compete for survival. Also we are so conditioned by our system of the survival of the fittest (capitalism). That we (my projection)sometimes ask ourselves why am i competing from the start? Oh yeah because i feel good when i win. Why do i feel good when i win? Because its an association that has had positive reinforcers since i was a kid.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:04 PM

We compete for survival. Also we are so conditioned by our system of the survival of the fittest (capitalism). That we (my projection)sometimes ask ourselves why am i competing from the start? Oh yeah because i feel good when i win. Why do i feel good when i win? Because its an association that has had positive reinforcers since i was a kid.

First post hi to all of u guys.

 

This post among others addresses why we are naturally competitive. People are competitive in sports because sport is the perfect outlet for us to indulge in our competitive instincts that we use to survive. It is also the perfect outlet because it is socially acceptable to be competitive in sports unlike going out and fighting someone in the street for the sandwich in their hand on the basis of competition.





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