Does it Pay to be Nice?
Is being a team player and putting yourself second really the best strategy?
Most of us want to be nice. But is it all it's cracked up to be? It's a question that's been nagging at listener Tony in Illinois, USA, for over 25 years. While studying at university, the lecturer asked him whether competing or co-operating was the best strategy for success – essentially, does it pay to work together or should we sharpen our elbows and look after number one?
Nastaran Tavakoli-Far goes in search of answers. She talks to a local hero about why he puts his life on the line for others, and visits a neuroscientist to find out what happens in the brain when we help others. Her quest also leads her to question whether women really are the more co-operative sex and how an animal called a kudu might reveal how human co-operation evolved in the first place.
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(Image: John Cook from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Credit: Anna Lacey / BBC)
- Sat 17 Dec 2016 11:32GMT
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