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Do-gooders make others feel guilty

A research has found that do-gooders who do extra hours in the office or volunteer for added tasks are disliked as they make everyone else feel guilty. Research also revealed that...

india Updated: Aug 26, 2010 16:50 IST

A research has found that do-gooders who do extra hours in the office or volunteer for added tasks are disliked as they make everyone else feel guilty.



Research also revealed that they are resented because they “raise the bar” for all.



It suggests people think twice before waxing lyrical about their charity work, gifts they share out, or the unwanted jobs they take on unprompted.

In tests at Washington State University the do-gooder was frequently thrown out of the wider group.



“It doesn't matter that the overall welfare of the group is better served by someone's unselfish behaviour. What is objectively good, we see as subjectively bad,” the

Daily Express

quoted Social psychologist Professor Craig Parks as saying.