6. They lack remorse.
Let’s cover what we’ve talked about so far: Evil people are controlling. They’re liars. They delight in misfortune. They make you feel weird on the inside. You know the worst part about it all? They aren’t ever sorry for the things they do and the way they make you feel. Evil people truly have no remorse.
If you press them on the fact that they’re unapologetic for their malevolent behavior, they’ll deflect, push it off onto you, and gaslight you into thinking the reality you know to be true isn’t actually true. In reality, all they want to do is maintain their current quality of life by controlling you, and an apology would indicate fallibility.
The evil ones in our world want you to see perfection to keep you wrapped around their fingers. Admission of fault would shatter that image they’ve carefully cultivated.
7. They are cruel.
So far, we’ve talked about evil people and the subtle ways they express their inner malevolent desires. Not all evil people like to be sly about it. Some choose to be outward with it. And one way they do so is through cruelty.
This can come in the form of getting into fights, hurting their loved ones — their spouses, their children, their friends, or even hurting animals. Evil people are often victims of the prisons they’ve built for themselves, which is why they take so much joy out of misfortune and pain.
It dulls the pain they each have inside of their hearts. But that doesn’t mean you justify it or stick by evil people.
If you’re with someone who expresses themselves in such cruel ways, find ways to get away as soon as you can. One day, they may push their cruelty too far and really do some serious damage.
8. They lack responsibility.
An evil person has no sort of a moral compass. They’ll do as they please and will never feel responsible for the pain they have caused to others. If they sense any sort of blame coming their way, they’ll start redirecting it immediately.
They love to shift the blame to others and have no understanding of what an apology is. They think apologizing is for the weak. They’d much rather make you apologize for THEIR mistakes.
9. Their friends and family warn you.
A lot of the time one of the first signs that a person is truly evil is if their “friends” and family issue you warnings. They might talk about an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend who ran from them. They might casually dismiss the problems with previous relationships and make excuses for the evil person in their lives.
This is a sort of manipulation, but it can also be seen as a warning sign of impending disaster. In a sense, these people are telling you that something is wrong and that it’s your responsibility to do something about it. Other times, the people in their lives will outright tell you that the evil person is not healthy and that you should avoid them at all costs.
In either case, don’t ignore the signs of a truly evil person, especially when people who supposedly love them are tipping you off about it.
10. They are bad friends.
If an evil person comes to your assistance, know that they are doing it for a purpose. In other cases, they will only be there when things are going well for you. Once things start to go sour, they’re nowhere to be found.
11. They are racist, sexist, homophobic, or are bigots.
Evil thrives when the good are divided. This has made some of the evilest people in the world — from Hitler to Stalin to Osama bin Laden — so wildly successful. They’ve taken the petty differences between people and used it to sow larger and larger rifts that end up in disaster.
Often, they use bigotry, homophobia, sexism, racism, and fascism, in general, to keep good people apart, and to breed more evil people in the world. We won’t mince words here: white supremacists are evil. Racists are evil. Homophobes/transphobes are evil. And bigots, while not every time, are evil quite often.
Be conscious of these types of people. Some are only misled, but many are outright malevolent.
12. They manipulate.
Evil people are just as capable of showing kindness as any malevolent behavior, but what truly sets them apart is the price that comes with their kindness. Often times, evil people will be kind to you only to get something they need from you later, be it money, sex, subservience, or worse.
Make it clear if they try to manipulate you based on their past kindness that kindness doesn’t come with a price tag. You don’t need any motivation or incentivization to do the right thing and to be kind to one another. Truly kind people are kind without the expectation of getting anything in return.
13. They belittle you.
Belittling comes in a lot of different forms too. It can be playing the victim when you haven’t done anything wrong. Ridiculing your appearance, your body, your interests, your hopes, your hobbies, your goals, your friends, your house, your dreams — anything really can be belittled in the eyes of an evil person.
Don’t let malevolent people change your opinion of yourself and the decisions you’ve made. Simply say, “I’m sorry you aren’t happy with that part of my life, but it is important to me.” And that’s that.
14. They confuse and conflict.
In the same way that evil people use the aforementioned tactics to split up good people, they’ll utilize chaos, confusion, and conflict to their benefit. The more scattered, scared, and unsure you are, the more power they’re going to have over you. You can fight back against this by being level-headed and secure in yourself, even when you don’t fully understand what’s going on in your life and your world.
Often times, evil people are the ones who are putting all that confusion and conflict into your life in the first place. Don’t fall into their trap. No matter what’s happening, keep a cool demeanor. Use a level-headed approach to handling conflict and confusion in your life.
15. They lead double lives.
Malevolent people will never reveal their true lives to you. Saying they lead double lives is a huge understatement. They lead hundreds of lives.
They are whoever they need to be to get what they want. They are a different person to everyone. They have a well-devised history and image they are trying to portray. The only common thing about all of them is that no one truly knows who they are.
16. They don’t have boundaries.
Evil people are persistent, gregarious, intense, clingy, and fake. In a lot of ways, they’re like boomerangs. No matter how hard you throw them out of your life, they always wind up circling back around to you.
But only if you let them. You see, an evil person will try and manipulate you into opening the door and letting them back in. But there are dire consequences to doing this, and a malevolent person will gladly take off their jacket, kick off their shoes, and park themselves in front of the TV if you let them back in (so to speak).
One thing is certain: no matter what, when you kick an evil person out of your life, they’ll always try to work their way back in. It’s inevitable, but it can be prevented.
No matter how persistent, gregarious, intense, clingy, and fake an evil person is, they can always always always be booted from your life for good.
They’ll use every tool at their disposal to force you to let them stay. They’ll manipulate, they’ll lie, they’ll pretend to be nice, they’ll attack and belittle, they’ll mislead and control.
But one thing is for sure” when you’ve made the call to give them the boot from your space, your circle, and your life, you can never go back on it. They’ll try to get you to change your mind, but the only way to liberate yourself from them is to leave them behind.
An evil person can change, but they can only do it on their own. And you can’t force them to change. They can only change when their hearts are open, they’re ready to atone for what they’ve done, and they’re ready to work hard at reforming their malevolent ways.