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Old 06-11-2006, 04:24 PM
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Default Re: Competition—the Struggle for Excellence or Victory?

That was a great response!

As you bring up, it really depends. At least, the magnitued that competition will motivate, or demotivate an individual, depends on their goal orientations, among other variables.

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I believe that competition can be seen to be made up of jealousy and selfishnes which seem to be human nature. We as humans want to be seen as the best, simply superior to the rest.

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I actually thought of this, but I think of it the other way around lol. You see, maybe it is not that we are inherently jealous, but rather that the insanely competitive society we live in, has lead us towards an outcome oriented mentality, which then promotes this jealousy. We then assume that this is innate, because we are so indoctrinated in competition, as Eitzen suggests, “just like a fish doesn’t understand water because it does not know anything different.”
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