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Screenshot: The Simpsons/DIsney+ This article from the BBC made me feel so relieved at my loathing of altruists that I can finally say what most of us have been thinking: Selfless people are the absolute worst . These walking saints are annoying, sanctimonious, deeply unlikeable pricks. You might think I’m a misanthrope, but feeling this way is normal (even if we don’t usually admit it) and it could even be hard-wired into us through evolution. Animosity toward people who are altruistic (or “do-gooder derogation” as the psychologists call it) is easily observed, spans cultures , emerges in childhood , and, yes, may be deeply in human evolution. In fact, we are so against altruism, we hate it nearly as much as selfishness: Numerous studies of a game designed to test people’s reactions to public giving indicate players will equally give the boot to others who give too little…or too much . Why we hate do-gooders Evolutionary psychology’s take on our motivation for hating the altruistic goes something like this: While generosity among, say, cavemen, would have led to greater group cohesion, it also often led to the generous person achieving a higher status in the group. Because our ancestors apparently saw life as a zero-sum game (evolutionary psychologists make a lot of assumptions), we didn’t like seeing someone trying to move up in the status, because it meant we were moving down. This could explain the inherent distrust and distaste we often feel toward people who seem to be […]