A couple weeks ago, I discovered a new gem in the online writing world called Inna Tysoe. In her latest article, she tackles the subject of dueling, or "to duel", by way of using a psychological approach as to why the act of dueling actually happens. What's the motivation for each person involved?
Dueling has been around for a very long time and is still prevalent today despite its quite obvious uselessness. If you win a duel, all it really proves is that you are better (or luckier) with the gun or knife than I. And still people duel. Why is that? The three authors who grappled with this subject (and whose answers to this question I shall briefly summarize) all agree that dueling is a form of costly signaling. I have written about Zahavi’s concept of the costly signal elsewhere but to reiterate: according to Zahavi defines “signals as traits whose value to the signaler is that they convey information to those who receive them” (Zahavi, 58).
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