Living in one of the most advanced countries, the United States is continuously fueled by new types of competition. Everything we do in our daily lives from the day that we were born is to prepare us to face the competition in the outside world. Ironically, this path to prepare us already has competition embed into it, proving that competition is inevitable in today’s society.
Throughout the article, The Psychology of Competition, the author Garcia explains factors that pushes humans to constantly want to compete. An example she uses is young kids in today’s society trying to compete who has the most facebook friends. Many kids participate, feeling that that is the only way to find their place in such a complex society. Garcia also analyzes factors that may result in higher levels of competition than others. Some factors include relationship closeness. She states that people who are closer together such as a couple or close pair of friends are more likely to have more intense competitions among each other opposed to two random strangers. This is because every individual wants to look like the better one in front of their friends. In fact, it is noted that individuals actually feel threatened by their friend’s possibility of success.
The theories largely present in Garcia’s article is also quite apparent in Hutcheon’s writing. Hutcheon argues that people today have fallen into the trap of corporate competition, constantly competing among the people around you. Meanwhile, Garcia explains the reasons and logistics behind why people fall into this trap of corporate capitalism mentioned in Hutcheon’s writing. It is the instilled fear among students that if they are not the best they will be a failure in life. This psychological idea pushes students to do whatever it takes to make them better than their peers. Not only does this concept applies to students, but it also applies to consumers. Close friends always compare what each other buy to see who is more wealthy and more fashionable. Garcia refers to this concept as consumer psychology.
Many of Garcia’s are relatable to many things that happen around us in our daily lives. Some include trying to get the highest test score among your peers to who is the first to get a girlfriend among your friend group, and whose girlfriend is cuter. No matter what it is, competition is like an unpoppable water bubble, no matter how hard you try to swim out of it, you’ll always be stuck in it. In the future you are wondering why you are putting so much effort to win a basketball game even though you know it has nothing related to your future, you’ll understand why. Now that I have spent so much time and effort into this weekly assignment, I hope that my work is the best in the class and I condemn anyone who tries to beat me.