Why do we want to one-up one another?
November 11, 2006 12:03 AM Subscribe
Why do people (myself included) feel the need to identify oneself with something cultural (i.e., book, movie, etc)-- as having been interested in it PRIOR to another person? What, if any, is the evolutionary purpose for this instinct?
posted by mireille to human relations (27 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
For example, the other day I found myself , when hearing about someone's interest in the film "Running With Scissors", on the verge of explaining that it had been my favorite book for ages and that I'd been anticipating the film for quite some time-- (and then telling all about my experiences with the author's other works). This near-instantly struck me as a non-useful addition to the conversation, so I quelled it, but regardless...
I'm not the only one to feel (and do) this-- but why? What's the purpose? Why the "I knew of it first" impulse?
I'm fine with containing it within myself-- just curious as to why I feel it in the first place.