Essay On The Inverted U Curve

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The famous philosopher Plato once stated, “Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.” The inverted u curve has three levels of input; the left side is equivalent to a sufficient amount, the middle consists of a plateau, and the right side entails too much. The meaning of an inverted U-curve is basically what we in society classify as the highs and lows in any given situation. For example, in every category of life just to name a few the stock market, schooling, work, finances, parenting, and health can have extreme benefits that sustain or deficits in any benefit that lasts long periods of time. There is no guarantee if I invest my money …show more content…
Gladwells theory in David and Goliath, chapter 2, of how the inverted u curve applies to life was illustrated well when he explains the affects that the man from Hollywood experienced when he realized he was to the extreme right of the curve earning too much money; which in turn prevented his success in parenting by not being able to relate or communicate effectively to his child. The excess of income promoting access to advantages or opportunities, such as; sitting in first class, attending the finest schools, and living courtside ended up becoming a disadvantage. Although, in society we commonly consider wealth and prestige to be automatic advantages, as Gladwell demonstrates in explaining how a misconception of impressionist being disadvantaged by their non rigorous style of artwork when compared to the more traditional artist resulted in success, regardless of the belief in the prestigious of the “Salon”. The impressionist unconventional methods surprised the elite in this circumstance. Second, Boes, overcoming the odds through mastering compensation learning because of the learning disadvantages he experienced throughout life his strategies had to be meticulous but yet eccentric in order to acquire a prestigious job with no experience or education in the field. Consequently, once again unconventional strategies …show more content…
How you utilize the u curve is what determines ones success or failure at any given task in life. For example if as a parent you keep the u curve in mind then you can implement additional precautions to prevent miscommunication with your children and avoid them developing a feeling of “entitlement before it is earned.” In life too much of a good thing in any case can have detrimental effects. If a person obtains an abundance of any one thing a lack of ambition or the desire to work harder to achieve further goals becomes the “norm. Not to mention, if we as individuals learn to not rely on relative deprivation in determining our abilities to be successful than the u curve can be a useful tool in evaluating every situation of our daily lives thus transforming disadvantages into

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