It's a competitive world out
there, where everyone, right from school going kids to top business tycoons are
struggling to get to the top. The cut-throat competition, the stress and the
peer pressure can sometimes be crippling, often ending up in worse scenarios
making headlines in the tabloids.
But studies suggest that a
healthy competition may actually be good for you. Surprised? Read on to know
the inside story.
The science behind:
The brain works in an amazing way when exposed
to healthy competition, specifically co-operative competition. Unlike direct
competition, where there is definitely a loser, and it often ends in lower
productivity, anger, insecurity and stress, co-operative competition, wherein a
team works together, the brain releases chemicals that enhance bonding,
pleasure and motivation.
If team strives together to
achieve the set goal, the brain internally desires the feel-good-chemicals; the
endorphins, which further motivates the individuals of the team and increases
their productivity. This kind of inner motivation is extremely beneficial as it
is inner motivation that drives people to reach greater heights.
This is true in case of kids too,
so the next time you compare your kid's score with his friend's, think again,
and instead, encourage team work and group studies.
Quotes to remember:
It's not just the science; many famous people
have quoted healthy competition to be one of the major driving forces towards
success, all tried and tested.
Authors of the bestselling NutureShock:
New Thinking about Children
, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman buried
themselves into decades of research and studies, all on psychology, genetics
and neuroscience to shed light to more about how humans respond to pressure.
Their argument in their new book Top
Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing
stating that competition is
crucial, regardless of an individual's performance, validates the fact even
Put it to use:
Healthy competition is a must to excel, and it's
best when started from home. Authors of the book Top Dog: The Science of Winning
have put down these tips for a better healthy competition
that may help you succeed. •
your opponents. It's best when you stick to one or two close, manageable
opponents, which makes your target achievable and boosts your confidence
home, be it a simple video game or a political discussion. People are more
successful when they have the home-field advantage. •
Play to win, not to avoid losing. Trying to avoid
losing actually makes you more prone to committing mistakes.