Om å ofre seg for status

Status er viktig for menneske, dyr, og (mi hypotese), bedrifter. For tida les eg ein del om status, og eg kom over dette gode eksempelet frå araberskriketrosten:

Arabian babblers, a species of social birds, provide a prototypical nonhuman example of self-sacrificial behavior that acts as costly signaling. Individual babblers compete with unrelated group members to be the group’s sentinel, who is responsible for watching for predators from tree-tops in order to warn the group of potential danger (Zahavi & Zahavi, 1997). Given that the sentinel’s duty entails putting itself at a higher risk of death than other babblers, one might predict that individuals would attempt to avoid this self-sacrificial job. Yet some studies have shown that babblers actively compete with each other for this high-status position. Consistent with costly signaling theory, the more time a babbler spends as a sentinel, the higher its status and access to mates in the group.

Referanse: Griskevicius, V., Tybur, J. M., & Van den Bergh, B. (2010). Going green to be seen: Status, reputation, and conspicuous conservation. Journal of personality and social psychology, 98(3), 392–404.

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