One of the most entertaining – and confounding – human relationships
is rivalry. That’s the situation in which people, teams, companies, countries,
and other assemblages compete for something, usually over time, and the
interaction picks up heat from the fiction. Rivalries can be friendly or
deadly, and over things as unserious as sports or as serious as international relations.
This week’s Mini-Poll is intended to make you think about
some of the interactions in your own lives, some of which rise (or fall) to the
level of rivalry. As you make your
selections, reflect on how much energy you expend on maintaining competitions.