Are Do-Gooder Organizations Self-Loathing?

Psychologists at Washington State University have determined that nobody likes do-gooders in the workplace.

Selfless people, says WSU social psychologist Craig Parks, are viewed as “deviant rule breakers” — meaning they break the “rule” (is this Parks’ rule or some presumed rule of nature?) that we are supposed to operate according to self-interest. You can read about Parks’ research here.

This must therefore be magnified tenfold for those working at all these do-gooder organizations supposedly dedicated to saving lives, reducing suffering, empowering women and all those annoying kinds of things.


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