The Psychology of Competition

@article{Garcia2013ThePO,
  title={The Psychology of Competition},
  author={Stephen M. Garcia and Avishalom Tor and Tyrone M. Schiff},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  year={2013},
  volume={8},
  pages={634 - 650}
}
Social comparison—the tendency to self-evaluate by comparing ourselves to others—is an important source of competitive behavior. We propose a new model that distinguishes between individual and situational factors that increase social comparison and thus lead to a range of competitive attitudes and behavior. Individual factors are those that vary from person to person: the relevance of the performance dimension, the similarity of rivals, and their relationship closeness to the individual, as… 

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