Parks and Stone found that unselfish colleagues come to be resented because they "raise the bar" for what is expected of everyone. As a result, workers feel the new standard will make everyone else look bad.
It doesn't matter that the overall welfare of the group or the task at hand is better served by someone's unselfish behavior, Parks said.
"What is objectively good, you see as subjectively bad," he said.Strange, people really prefer selfish people, to feel better themselves. Now I understand better why the Polish men at work wanted me gone.
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