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Tribalism | Maven Games
Being criticised is never much fun. Many people tend to become defensive when criticised. You’ve worked hard on something and then someone comes along and tells you why they don’t like it. We feel threatened. However, people also tend to become defensive when someone criticises something that they like, even if the criticism isn’t directed at them in any way. Imagine someone said that your favourite football team or music artist or boardgame was rubbish. How would you feel? Most people feel equally threatened when something or someone they associate themselves with is criticised. This is sometimes known as tribalism and it’s as prevalent in boardgaming as anywhere else. Let me explain… Many aeons ago, the human race existed in tribes. From an evolutionary point of view, tribes provided a huge advantage. The younger members could learn from the older members. Knowledge of animal movements, rainfall patterns and hunting skills could all be passed down from generation to generation. If the tribe was threatened in some way, perhaps by a marauding pack of lions, then they could group together and protect what was theirs. They could become defensive. This kind of thinking allowed them to survive in situations where individuals...