Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why Are Some People So Competitive?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why Are Some People So Competitive?

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I work in a retail store with someone who sees the world in terms of winners and losers. He measures everything and makes comparisons: who did more work, who got the credit, who fixed the problem, who won the argument-and, naturally, he always sees himself as "ahead" of the rest of us.

A little competition can be a good thing if it motivates a person to be more productive. But I find it stressful to work with someone who is competitive in small matters that don't even make any difference.

What would you say to try to convince my coworker that we would all be happier-and maybe even do better work-if we were more cooperative?

-DSB, Hartford, CT

You might try saying those words exactly. Your coworker may not be aware of what he's doing or how you feel about it. Without being confrontational, you might mention a few examples of his competitive behavior or references that annoyed you especially-using "I messages. …

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