The Ghosts of Competition

Competition can be good. It can motivate us to leave our comfort zone, push our boundaries and work harder. However, says Rafael Rojas, if it’s not kept in check, competition can also lead us to a more sinister destination

In his book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”, the author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi tells us that one of the ways to find happiness in our life is by reducing our dependence on external rewards, and focusing instead on nurturing a system of values which is based on internal rewards which only depend on ourselves.

We humans are social animals, and the society we live in imposes a strong influence on us. We tend to look over our shoulder to see what others are doing. We are prone to imitation and repetition. Sometimes, we obtain inspiration in what we see and, through combining snippets of information we create something new, which may even be better, by raising the bar of common knowledge yet higher. It could be said that it is through those particularly human traits that our species has evolved the way it has. Instead of starting from scratch each time, we rise ...

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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