Competition is inherently selfish

The rediscovery of man

"People are just like that ..."

Man is naturally selfish and lazy. In general, he is out to get the most benefit for himself and only performs at his best under competitive pressure. At least that is the prevailing opinion in science, business and politics - with far-reaching consequences that we all feel: for example in the failed educational and social policy or in an increasingly controlled world of work.
The image of man in capitalism is nothing more than a fairy tale spread by the economy. In this book, Andreas von Westphalen refutes the thesis of the selfish utility maximizer and uses many exciting examples to prove that we think very differently. A wide range of good arguments against the know-it-alls from the executive suite, the consulting firms and the round table.

criticism

"The vast majority of people are altruistic, compassionate and eager to cooperate, as long as they are not forced into competitive behavior by a minority. Andreas von Westphalen has plenty of evidence for this thesis and presents it in his book" The Rediscovery of People ". "
ORF context

"Andreas von Westphalen offers readers who are critical of capitalism a treasure trove of arguments."
Spectrum of science

"Either we openly admit that we cannot change the economic system. Then we should finally be honest enough and admit that it fundamentally contradicts human nature and destroys it. Or we finally begin to rebuild the economy in such a way that it corresponds to the nature of man and man no longer has to pervert himself in order to adapt to the nature of the economy. ... In a time in which economic interests are often placed above the well-being of people, these findings are forward-looking. "
Christ and the world

"With a well-readable book, the author has succeeded in using clever arguments and detailed evidence to expose mechanisms that affect us in an unbridled capitalist system."
The Rhine Palatinate

"Andreas von Westphalen has done a piece of cultural work here that leads back to our true nature."
Christian Felber

"The capitalist image of man and its fixation on competition are increasingly poisoning all areas of life."
Rubicon

"The hope remains, however, that reason will prevail and that what Andreas von Westphalen implores will happen: Learn and practice. More cooperation, more empathy and greater trust."
Yvonne Hofstetter

"A very readable book that makes you aware that people are not selfish, jealous, competitive and bad in character per se, but rather have a" good nature "."
Rudolfshausen Castle

"Andreas von Westphalen relies on a large number of psychological and sociological studies. Westphalen's work is extremely carefully researched and the wealth of evaluated data, also recognizable from the extensive bibliography, is impressive. Westphalen's book is a valuable contribution to a current debate."
Library Vienna

"A wide range of good arguments against the know-it-alls from the executive suite, the consulting firms and the round table."
Journal Graz

"The image of man in capitalism is nothing more than a fairy tale spread by the economy. In this book, Andreas von Westphalen refutes the thesis of the egoistic utility maximizer and uses many exciting examples to prove that we tick completely differently."
Rupertus leaf

"The author presents the facts and proves how excessive competition perverts human nature and society."
The Upper Austrian

"Using exciting examples, he makes it clear that we usually" think "completely differently and advocates rediscovering human nature."
Sunday - Catholic Church Carinthia

"Andreas von Westphalen succeeded in legible and detailed evidence to expose the mechanisms that affect us in an increasingly unbridled capitalist system."
Magazine forum

"A very interesting font"
Prof. Dr. Dr. habil Peter Eisenmann on Socialnet

"In this book, Andreas von Westphalen refutes the thesis of the image of man in capitalism and uses many exciting examples to show that human beings often have contrary characteristics such as solidarity, individuality and empathy."
Sharp left

description

Humans are lazy egoists, and they perform best under fierce competition. Be it among philosophers, managers, politicians or pub regulars, everyone will agree that we simply are this way. It is set to be our nature ever since Darwin's "Survival of the fittest" was misinterpreted. Under these circumstances, capitalism seems to just suit our ways. Recent studies have revealed that we apparently misunderstood our nature all along. The human is a social being who's most comfortable, and "functions" at its best when in small groups. Andreas von Westphalen reveals the consequences of our self-misunderstanding has, and proofs once and for all that overdrawn competition perverts humans and societies alike.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: People are like that!
  • 1 Deformed image of man
  • In the beginning there was economics
  • Evolution - a struggle for survival
  • It's all a question of education
  • Game theory - all life in mathematics
  • Homo oeconomicus - Economics shapes people
  • 2 Man, the social being
  • A community being - the desire for you
  • Excursus 1: Genes determine life
  • Excursus 2: The body's memory
  • Excursus 3: Irrational man - thinking body
  • 3 Human behavior
  • Egoism - me, myself and I
  • Altruism - looking at one's fellow human beings
  • Refutation Attempts - Reasons for the Non-Existence of Altruism
  • Answers with scientific experiments - the refutation of the refutations
  • Altruism - a part of human nature
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • Competition - I am better than you!
  • Excursus 4: Cooperation and Altruism: Which Place in Evolution?
  • Excursus 5: The key to understanding evolution
  • 4 The capitalist economy and its side effects
  • Omnipresence of the capitalist image of man
  • Social security systems - common sense and personal responsibility
  • Rankings - please, like me!
  • Social justice and inequality
  • Education in Capitalism - Preparation for Life?
  • 6 Everyone for everyone or we can also do it differently!
  • Altruism is healthy and makes you happy
  • List of literature and symbols