Competition LO18206

Roxanne Abbas (
Wed, 27 May 1998 11:16:22 -0500

Replying to LO18160 --

Ian and Richard wrote about their enjoyment of competitive sports and Ian

"You seem not to like or understand sporting competition - that's fine,
not everyone likes sport."

I think that's true, Ian. I'm not sure why this is, but your post
increased my awareness that this is true of me and a characteristic that
makes me different from many people. Doc wrote in LO18179 that he has
observed male/female differences in competitive/cooperative behaviors on
athletic teams. My experience is limited to the golf course where I see
significant behavioral differences. Although there are always exceptions,
my male partners have almost always been much more serious and intense.
This often leads to frustration and even profanity when they don't perform
up to their expectations. The other interesting phenomenon that I've
observed is that after the round of golf is completed, men love to talk
about their own game, hole by hole, stroke by stroke. They often take
turns in a cooperative manner, yet they never listen to each other or
engage in two-way conversation. I have never observed this behavior in
female golfers. I mentioned this to my husband and was told that the male
pattern is normal.


Roxanne Abbas

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