Friday, February 03, 2012

Scarcity makes people worse

I am thinking that almost all instances of people being awesome occur in situations of plenty, and almost all instances of people being crummy occur in situations of scarcity. Scarcity activates the circuit that says "I gotta get mine before it's all gone". Money, food, status, time; next time someone's getting testy or worse, look for what is scarce. See if you can alleviate it. Also, learn from that instance and see how you can avoid this being scarce in the future.

3 comments:

Daniel said...

THIS. I agree.

slifty said...

Are you sure it makes people worse and isn't just that scarcity provides more opportunities to exhibit negative qualities?

Dan Tasse said...

No, I'm not sure.

Is it the same thing? i.e. if you're being a jerk, I don't really care if you're generally good but scarcity has made you worse, or if you're generally good but scarcity has let your bad qualities come out.