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Our praise to competition among people

One of my concerns since long, specially since I have children now, is the concept of competition and how we promote it and nurture it since early childhood. In competitions, take the Olympics for instance, where every athlete is doing his best to win and honor his country, when someone perform better than others for factors that can be basically genetics (runners from african roots or countries competing ) and other environmental factors, we praise this winner and in the same time we automatically judge the rest, who did not win or performed less in the moment of the competition as his/her best wasn't enough, which in a way breaks the saying " If you do your best you will win or realize your goal".
What I find really PAINFUL that JUDGING the best of a person as not enough, in other words, as if we say "Your best wasn't genuine".
How can people (specially young ones) thrive in such environment or expect us, as humans, go to the next level of humanity.

Do you have any comments here Dr. Daniel Seigel? How to go out of this mindset of competition!

Thanks in advance.

Thank you for the knowledge you bring to your readers.

Dr. Seigel -- Your work is

Dr. Seigel --

Your work is obviously informed by your multi-disciplinary research and practice. I think I recognize at least eight areas of specific research and science in your approach to understanding what I call the "Dance of the Titans" that takes place, from moment-to-moment, between the human brain . . . and the human mind. Including theory and research results in the fields of psychology, sociology, neuroscience, systems dynamics, evolutionary biology, quantum physics, chaos theory, theology and metaphysics -- with practical application in personal mastery, anger management, conflict resolution, diversity/inclusion, organization design/development, organizational learning, leadership, team-building, community-building, instructional systems design, human performance systems design, etc., etc. :-)

Yes, like you and many before us, I believe that the human mind is not "enskulled."

Great article. Ground-breaking research and insight. I will use it to support my own courses and programs. Thank you!



That's an inaccurate

That's an inaccurate definition of complex systems; not all complex systems can exhibit chaotic behaviour, which requires topological mixing - as an example, the repeated doubling of a number has large sensitivity to input conditions and is not closed, but is not capable of chaotic behaviour.

Large variability from small changes in initial conditions is a trait of chaotic, not complex, systems - nonlinearity refers to the POSSIBILITY of large change, but can also be proportional or nonexistent, in contrast to a linear system which always exhibits proportional change or a chaotic system which always exhibits disproportional (large) change but can be linear.

It is also possible to have a closed complex system.

Yes, I had the same impetus

Yes, I had the same impetus to criticize his view/understanding of complex system. As a Theoretical Physicist working with Dynamic Systems, Im quite impressed (not to say "offended by") how people often use terms like that in a naive way. Also, to draw such a conclusion as "If our own lives meet these three criteria, then we ourselves are complex systems" is misleading at the very least. Because even if we are to caracterize life as a complex system (which would be overly simplified), to treat it mathematically would be impossible, even if it is to find any of its "emergent properties", let alone to draw conclusions about it.

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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is Executive Director of Mindsight Institute and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


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