The Zero-Sum Paradox: When More is Less and Less is More

Allan Johnson, PhD
10 min readJan 7, 2024
Photo by Maxim Hopman on Unsplash

Relentless expansion is a hallmark of human progress and has led to a number of zero-sum games where one person must lose in order for another person to gain. Economic inequality is the most obvious and pressing example, but this also applies to opportunities in the labour market, where one applicant’s success means a missed opportunity for another, to healthcare, where allocation of…

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Allan Johnson, PhD

Integrative Coach | Mindfulness Teacher | Academic | Books with Palgrave and Bloomsbury