Garcia et al.’s article emphasizes the individual and situational issues that influence how comparisons are drawn among people, and how they increase competition. Individual issues entail competitors, association to competitors, and different other dimensions. On the other hand, situational factors entail issues such as the number of people competing, closeness to a standard, and incentive structures. The paper by Garcia et al. (2013) explains how individual and situational factors are related and tries to reach out to other societies by making their study relevant to them. The article was written to establish a new model that would permit various fields and branches of psychology, as well as other social sciences to gain from the research done on the social comparison perspective of competition (Garcia et al., 2013).
I think the papers by Garcia et al. and Molina et al. incorporate an impartial approach to other articles by sharing the opinions without revealing their beliefs to the audience. For instance, Molina et al. (2017) inform that competition and cooperation mutually coexist, which compete with one another as they both originate from human history. More so, I think Garcia et al. and Hutcheon (as in katechecknita4023’s post) equally have some similarities. Katechecknita4023 did exemplary work in explaining the term ‘agon,’ and comparing its acceptance and application as informed by Hutcheon. Katechecknita4023 explains that the term refers to a gathering, which suggests the social comparison that leads to competition, as explained in the article by Garcia et al. (2013).
Altogether, the article by Garcia et al. highlights very limited resemblances to the research articles that were previously discussed in the course. Rather than presenting an opinion piece as in the articles by Hutcheon and Bateson or a general view like in the paper by Molina et al., the article by Garcia et al. establishes a new framework to benefit other academicians and researchers.
Garcia, S. M., Tor, A., & Schiff, T. M. (2013). The psychology of competition: A social comparison perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8(6), 634-650.
Link to katechecknita4023’s post: https://mschandorf.ca/2019/01/27/the-psychology-of-competition-individual-vs-situational-factors/