tl;dr version: complain about self righteous people here.
I was reading something pretty interesting today.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...lienating.htmlA series of studies found that those who volunteer to take on unwanted tasks or who hand out gifts without being prompted, quickly alienate themselves. Psychologists believe this is because it makes the rest of us feel guilty and puts pressure on us to behave in an equally selfless fashion. Researchers say do-gooders come to be resented because they 'raise the bar' for what is expected of everyone. It suggests that people might want to think twice before waxing lyrical about their charity work or volunteering to put in extra hours at the office
It got me thinking. Where do you guys draw the line between just trying to be a good person and being a self righteous ***? Things that annoy in me in particular that I'd place firmly in the "do-gooder" category would be stuff like say, people campaigning to charge parents with child abuse for second hand smoke, being reprimanded for doing something illegal but harmless (for example I walk a long the railroad tracks in the middle of the night and I could technically get fined), or over zealous co-workers that seem to have a religious devotion to their employer. Just an example, one day when I was working as a canvasser I had raised three hundred dollars over my quota, so I took it upon myself to take ten minutes out of the shift to call my boyfriend at the time and I got chewed out for it by a fellow co-worker. I got the whole spiel about the incredible importance of the work we're doing and how it was unfair to the organization, but the entire time I just thought oh would you please just shut the hell up?
What's your take? What makes the difference between a person just trying to do their best and an insufferable do-gooder?