The Zero-Sum Mindset: How to Avoid Toxic Thinking in Moments of Crisis

Entrepreneur | Apr 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM
  • Though most often remembered for his frequently quoted monologue praising the virtues of greed, what truly captures the essence of Gordon Gekko’s character can be found in the equally telling, but lesser-known, quote above.
  • During early human development, when resources were scarce and competition was fierce, gains accumulated by some (e.g., competition for status or mates) often meant others lost out.
  • To combat these maladaptive effects, we can remember to remain mindful that there are numerous opportunities for positive-sum interactions with others, such as finding opportunities to exchange surpluses or favors with others.