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Submitted by scaredyclassic on November 23, 2012 - 9:59am
so lately I've been thinking about status, within groups, socially. Evidently, this is very important to human beings and primates too.
my kid was telling me about a film he saw in ap bio about baboons and status -- where the higher status baboons are actually healthier and have better developped genitalia as a result of their status.
Humans too are healthier if they have higher status. he mentioned a study among civil service workers that found that higher status civil servants were less sick and happier.
So, I look inward. What exactly is my status? Is it affecting me negatively? Am I trying to falsely display status in odd ways.
for instance...I think my interest in watches is all about perceived status. Kind of taken some of the fun out of it for me. Makes me feel like a baboon.
choice of profession--search for status--yes....not exclusively, but largely.
I suppose housing is also like that. Status displays. Kid says part of the social contract is we need to display our status, it's notenough just to have money or power. You have to let the others know you have the status.
We discussed whether being aware of this need for status wouldmake one's relative lack of status more bearable. We concluded no, that insight would not help make you feel any better about your crappy situation, status-wise.
I will admit, thinking about status, as we made the holdiay rounds, I was feeling like a fairly high status person among our friends and relatives.
And I admit, my feeling of status made me feel, well, kind of good. Relatively-speaking.
I am going to try to be more aware of how what I'm doing is influenced by my need to be perceived as having social status.
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