The Surprising Upside to Having a Frenemy

A rival can make you a star at work, improve your performance at the gym, and give your life a boost in other ways. Here’s the science pinpointing the benefits of competition.

“Competition can help you identify personal mental strengths and become aware of how your own actions relate to positive outcomes, progression and success,” says sports psychologist Caroline Silby, Ph.D., who regularly works with Olympians and other elite athletes. Here’s more on the upside of having a rival.

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