The Psychology of Competition

Garcia et. al. explore the existing breakdown of the psychology of competition, and then add their own modern twist. Like any science, the psychology regarding competition contains many variables. These usually fall within two categories; situational factors and individual factors. Within these two lie many more variables that can guess the level of competition any individual will express in a given situation.

One factor that is demonstrated translates well with Bateson’s stance on competition and confronting climate change. Garcia et. al. suggest that proximity to low or high standards will decrease the level of cooperation between rivals. Bateson highlights the lack of cooperation between large states to address climate change, which coincides with Garcia et. al.’s findings.

An interesting factor I found in the piece regarded similarity in the sense of a relational factor. It claims that the more similarities between two actors, the more likely they are to compare themselves against the other. In terms of personal experience, I’ve found that to be true. A quick example I can give is in the gym. I don’t compare the weight I’m lifting to that of a guy twice my size. However, if somebody my size is lifting more weight than I am, I’m going to feel a competitive drive to match or surpass that performance.

Melanie Chen also spoke in her post of comparing herself with her siblings, cousins, and later on, classmates in terms of performance. She mentioned how she would learn by mimicking others’ performance. I completely agree with her on this point. Specifically, I grew up with a very athletically talented group of friends. It seemed like I was always trying to pick up tricks from them in order to improve my own athleticism.

Melanie’s post:

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