How to Detect an Evil Person

How does one go about detecting an evil person? How does one distinguish the true sociopath, from the honest person who is simply mistaken or having a bad day? These are the hints which should tip one off to the reality that the person they are dealing with is mired in habits of evil.

As I move through my life, I find that sometimes conflict arises as a natural course of business, from one being mistaken, or a person just having had a bad day. I fail along these lines too and therefore am generous with my accommodation when a person is having a rough go of it. Honest conflict is inevitable. Therefore the savvy executive recognizes this, and hones their skill in working through such strife.

But functioning in this ethical manner with certain people is a complete waste of one’s time. The understandable contributors to conflict are not the reason behind their habitual acrimony. Some people innately lack an ability to engage as equals with those who disagree with them. Fortunately this group constitutes a very minor portion of the population, and as a result they are easy to spot through their habits. Habits which they think have concealed their inner nature, but also which act as kind of essential tell. As a matter of business efficacy it behooves one to be able to quickly spot such negative time-wasters. Accordingly, I block these individuals on social media as soon as I spot them.

Strong people don’t put other people down. They lift them up.

~Michael P. Watson, Author

As my readers know, I seldom reference the Bible inside this blog. I view the Bible not as a single religious treatise, but rather a series of thoughts recorded on behalf of diverse sect leaders over the ages. Some authors were sincere; while unfortunately some editors were not entirely sincere. Although I have read the assembly of writings from cover to cover probably six times, I find the collection to not be that dramatically superior to other literary works of men. In fact, I find the Bible to contain critical misrepresentations of true history, poorly vetted sets of philosophy, fabrications about the nature and character of that which resides above humanity and Earth, along with a complete lacking of anything pertaining to true spiritual depth. Bereft of even simple and easy tenets of character, perhaps more suited to a modern culture, now critical in discerning those of good versus questionable motivation.

However there is one verse which I have heeded most of the days of my life, Proverbs 23: 6-7. A verse which pertains to the conduct and habits of an evil person. One who cares about only a single thing on this planet, them self.

6 Do not engage with him who has a selfish intent,
    neither seek his approval;
for as he thinks in his heart,
    so is he.
“Come, let us discuss together” he says to you,
    but his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 23: 6-7 (Modern English Version – Transliterated)

How does one go about detecting the evil person? How does one distinguish the true sociopath, from the honest person who is simply mistaken or having a bad day? Below is a list of the hints which should tip one off to the reality that the person they are engaging with, regardless of their credential or notoriety, is mired in habitually evil practice.

They enjoy or are addicted to the loosh derived from witnessing or inflicting pain in others

Their first instinct is to seek symbolism, authority, dominance, final disposition, or control

They are quickly threatened by competence (watch for this discomfort flag when you read a room)

Every act is a manipulation towards an end/nothing is derived from objective neutrality

They conceal their inner nature/put on an identity of virtue (the opposite of ethics)

They will habitually misrepresent what you say, often just to see if you will catch the straw man

They do not actually engage to discuss the topic at hand, their focus quickly and habitually gravitates to you

Every utterance is an attack or a premise to one

Every thought features a weaponized buzzword of some sort

Anyone who disagrees with them fits neatly into buckets of habitual derision

They will obsess over made up quo facto malo offenses their victims have ‘committed’

Everyone they harm is a ‘narcissist’, for saying, doing, or being something without their permission (hint: see: 23 Signs You’re Secretly a Narcissist Masquerading as a Sensitive Introvert)

Their complete absence of any reference to self betrays an enormous conceit

They leave you with an uncomfortable dank feeling

They find joy in making people look or feel stupid, it is a drug they desperately seek

They show no remorse nor respect for boundaries

They find the young and vulnerable, exciting

Their logic is rife with autoaufheben appeal wherein one statement will falsify their next

They are penny wise and pound foolish in all matters of discernment aside from greed

They find entertainment in highlighting other’s errors or insulting them

They don’t take responsibility for nor recall their own actions

Deaths, virtue, justice, science, climate, pandemic, racism, migration, poverty – these are all cudgels as opposed to stemming from a heartfelt mercy

They are ‘non-violent’ as long as they cannot get away with violence

They mock the misfortune of others

Their few friends, don’t really know them and are exactly like them

They are/were once cruel to animals or had ‘psychological issues’

They derive great joy in the authoritative cleverness of a lie, the larger and more intimidating the lie, the better

They fail to associate their poor state in life with their dark habits

They don’t bear an ability to introspect

Aside from memorized pablum, they don’t really get philosophy/ethics

Your disagreement at their condemnation of you, is further evidence of your guilt

Even though they constantly fixate or maintain the focus upon others, everything is in fact about them

It does not matter how accidentally correct they are – if they bear these traits, even the things they are correct about, endure merely as an act they are putting on for your manipulation. They have no interest in truth or fellowship. Do not be fooled, their heart is not with you.

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