For my topic, I picked competition in sports. I want to know what drives people to be competitive, and how it helps them accomplish the goals that they need to. This topic interests me because I have been a competitive athlete for most of my life, and I am also very interested in psychology, so therefore I am extremely interested in the mentality behind athletic competition.
From my annotated source ( linked below) I learned a lot about competition. I was originally going to write my paper on all competition, but I decided to narrow it down to mostly sports, because I feel like having a more narrow focused topic is better for a 1000-1500 word research paper. However, this source will still be impactful because it is a good overview of competition, and I think that it would give me some good information, especially for starting off my essay.
I have other sources that are more closely related with athletics, but this source is important because it talks about the psychology behind competition in general. From it I learned that competition is an extrensic motivation, and although it may seem at times like the evil twin of collaboration, often times, especially on sports teams, both are needed to have a successful advantage in the competitive field. An extrinsic motivation means that one is motivated by an outside source, contrary to intrinsic motivation, which means that the person wants to get something out of the goal regardless of outside factors.