It is a learned behavior or are our genes working on the basis of natural selection?
asked 20 Apr '10, 19:38
As humans we tend to be competitive because we often think that there is a lack or not enough to go around so we have to get it before someone else does.
Competition in itself is not a bad thing if we use it to motivate our personal selves but when a need to win surpasses the fun of the game we've really missed the whole point of participating.
In the business world competition can be healthy because it means there is a market for the business or product but if one wastes their time expending their energy on what their competition is doing instead of focusing their energy on growing their own business, they're pretty much setting themselves up for failure.
So it could be seen as a learned or conditioned behaviour if one is taught at a young age that there's not enough so you have to compete for your share, or quite often kids are taught they have to win or be the best - obviously not a healthy perspective on *competitiveness.
answered 21 Apr '10, 01:43
Competitiveness is instinctive, hereditary, and evolutionary. But so is cooperation. And as human beings, we ultimately have the ability to choose.
To start off, even Darwin himself, before he died, discontinued believing in natural selection. He believed in sexual selection (that it was indeed the need to procreate that made us develop things like music, humor, language and so on) and you can find out more about it in the book "The Mating Mind".
So is competitiveness natural? Well, if you believe (like I do), that we are All One being expressing as the many, who am I going to compete with?
In short, yes, it is learned.
And the next question should be "How can we unlearn to be competetive?"
And the answer to that One would be ...
answered 20 Apr '10, 19:48
I think nature is competitive. Plants compete for light. Humans have to compete for survival. Somebody has to starve for everyone else to eat.
answered 22 Apr '10, 04:18
late adolescent and early adult development in a material word seems to prize the winner, so competition to be number 1 absorbs much focus. In the plan of human evolution competition has played its role, helping refine our physical skills/ senses; can we now use them without needing to harm others.
answered 27 Apr '10, 00:08
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