The Funhouse Mirror of Comparison and Competition

Here at Eff Perfect, we believe that comparison and competition are universal aspects of the human condition. As perfectionists, though, we want to know… Are we inherently more competitive than our non-perfectionist counterparts?

In this week’s episode, we delve into the reasons why comparison and competition are inherently flawed, whether comparison can ever be helpful, and what comparison and competition can teach us about how we see ourselves, how we see each other, and how we see the world.

MFTP Episode 53: The Funhouse Mirror of Comparison and Competition

HERE'S A SNEAK PEEK OF THE GOODNESS…

Comparison and competition are inherently flawed because they’re based on our internal representation of another.
They’re not based on any empirical truth.
— Jenna
That’s why statistics are so effing seductive. Any way that we can quantify ourselves and compare ourselves, we take as objective reality. We take that as a quantifiable metric of our worth that we can compare with one another.
— Jenna
The empowering, useful, helpful version of comparison is inspiration.
— Jenna
Imagine what would be possible if we started to believe that the world is an inherently cooperative place.
— Jenna

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE…

  • Common narratives around comparison and competition

  • Why comparison is a mirror

  • Whether comparison is ever helpful or useful

  • What we can learn from comparison and competition

  • The universality of comparison and competition


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