The Dark Traits: 12 Characteristics Of An Evil Person

Characteristics Of An Evil Person

While some may believe that evil people stick out like a sore thumb, there are no obvious characteristics that set sociopaths, psychopaths, and narcissists apart from good individuals. Some basic traits of malevolent people include a lack of conscience, a need for power and control, and a lack of empathy. In this article, we will delve deeper into the psychology of evil people. 

What Defines An Evil Person?

To put it simply, evil individuals remorselessly harm people in their environment by engaging in malevolent, wicked, and immoral behaviors. Evil people thrive all around us, even in places where you wouldn’t expect them. You can find them at your school, friend circle, or church.  

How Do You Identify An Evil Person?

Evil people often lack a sense of right and wrong, so they refuse to take responsibility for their wrongdoings. Instead of owning up to their mistakes, they blame others or find ways to make it seem like they didn't do anything wrong. They think admitting fault makes them look weak, so they never do it.

What Are The Characteristics Of Evil People?

1. Control Issues

Malevolent people want complete control over every part of their lives. This obsession is often attributed to positive characteristics, such as politeness and punctuality. However, if you let these people get closer, they will start taking control over your life as well. 

2. Revelling In Other People’s Misfortune

Like energy vampires, evil individuals feed on other people’s suffering and sorrow. Whether it is a conflict in their immediate environment or a large-scale disaster on the news, they seem to take delight in others’ misfortune.

3. Unnecessary Cruelty And Meanness

When their masks slip, evil people will openly express their malevolent intentions through meanness and cruelty. They can get into fights, hurt their family and friends, or even be violent towards animals.


4. Habitual Dishonesty

Let’s face it - we all lie from time to time. However, lies and deception are regular parts of an evil person’s life. They lie constantly and pathologically, sometimes without even realizing it. 

5. Lack Of Remorse

Despite all the harm they cause, an evil person is never truly sorry for how they make others feel. If you call them out on their malevolent behavior, they’ll deflect and gaslight you into believing in their distorted version of reality. 

6. Lack Of Responsibility

Evil people lack any semblance of a moral compass. They act at their own whims without ever feeling responsible for the pain they inflict upon others. They are always ready to shift the blame on others instead of apologizing for the harm they cause. 

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7. Lack Of Loyalty

If a malevolent person lends you a hand, it's because they expect you to return that favor. Otherwise, they will only be around when things are going smoothly for you. Once things get tough, they disappear.

8. Bigotry

Bigoted views like racism, sexism, and homophobia are standard tools for evil individuals to divide good people. While some bigoted people may be misled, most of them come from a place of outright hostility.

9. Manipulative Behavior

Malevolent people may show you kindness only if they have ulterior motives, such as needing money or control over your life. Remember, these people’s kindness always comes with a price tag.

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10. Disregard Of Boundaries

Evil individuals can be highly clingy, intense, nosy, and fake in their interpersonal relationships. No matter how hard you try to keep them out of your private life, they always come back to sow chaos and disturb your peace.

11. Belittling Attitude

Since evil people usually feel superior to others, they may often find different ways to belittle and humiliate you. For instance, malevolent individuals can body shame you, ridicule your interests, mock your living space, or demean your goals, hopes, and dreams.

12. Spreading Confusion and Conflict

Evil people use confusion, conflict, and chaos to their advantage. The more confused, scared, and uncertain you are, the more control they will have over you.

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The best way to deal with evil people is to minimize the amount of time you spend in their presence and avoid getting into futile fights with them. Rise above their cruelty, and don’t let their actions bring you down. 

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