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How Cooperation Becomes Transformative

How Cooperation Becomes Transformative

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Cooperative efforts are short-lived

Cooperative efforts are short-lived

History has shown that cooperation is reliable under the right conditions and with the right people, even under the most trying circumstances.

However, the capacity to cooperate is not universal, nor is it easy to put into practice.


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Making Cooperation More Reliable

Research shows it is nearly impossible to support reliable cooperation.

We can encourage better cooperation by turning our attention to the possibility of new alliances. It encourages us to recognize the collective identity and efforts.

Creative activities with others make us better equipped for the uncertain future. Our new friends and allies will work with us to ensure a positive outcome.


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Understanding What Motivates

Understanding What Motivates

It is vital to approach cooperation as a potentially transformative encounter, not as a sacrifice.

There are three motivations behind our willingness to meaningfully cooperate:

  1. A moral motivation that is tied to our values.
  2. A relational motivation to start and maintain a satisfying personal relationship with somebody.
  3. An economic motivation to enrich or avoid loss.


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Pals or Principles

When morally motivated, we cooperate based on how well the situation aligns with our personal values.

However, when relationally motivated, we cooperate because we want and expect to maintain a satisfying personal relationship. We want to ensure that our relationship will grow stronger. This means that our perceived obligations to others can override our value systems.


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Cooperation often has a short shelf-life. Understanding what motivates us in social exchanges can help us cooperate better with one another in our professional and personal lives.

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