Have you ever wanted to take over a car, even though the car goes at the same speed, and put the pedal to the floor until you’re ahead? Then you’ve been a victim of status roles.
What happens is that people can’t tolerate you get ahead of them. They accelerate, at least, until they match your speed, so they get to keep their chin up.
It’s not coincidence that the people who do this most often, usually have cars that represent status: BMW, Mercedes, Audi, you go down the list.
The status game answers two basic questions:
- Who’s up?
- Who’s down?
That’s the game of status roles.
Status roles are everywhere. And once you see them, you can’t unsee them.
Status roles run deep in our culture. And the truth is that people love to say: Maybe I don’t have everything, but I have more than you do.
We do this all the time, and if you pay attention they’re everywhere. Status roles are in fundraising events. For donors it’s not about doing some good, what they actually buy is status.
Or consider tipping. The act of giving a bigger tip in a restaurant gives people a boost in their status.
Status roles are everywhere. They play on political elections, they push students to go into debt so they can go to prestigious universities. But also status roles play on the little details, like what people post on social media.
It’s all about status. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.