If you were drawn to this article, perhaps you’ve encountered an evil person. We love to give them labels and excuses instead of calling them out for what they are – just plain evil. The evil person in your life might be a boss, a sibling, a spouse, a neighbor, a co-worker, or even your mom or dad.
How do you know if you’re dealing with someone who is truly evil? Evil people will not accept responsibility for their actions. They lack empathy and enjoy manipulating others. They blame everyone for their failures. They often have an exaggerated self image of themselves. They pretend to be good and altruistic, but it’s all about appearances for them. Evil people tend to be greedy and cheap with their money. They are malignant narcissists who love to make everything about them. And lastly, evil people lie.
This last one might sound simplistic. We’ve all told a lie here and there in our life. Does that mean we are all evil? Hardly. But evil people build their lives around lying. They lie to themselves and to others about everything. M. Scott Peck wrote a fantastic book on the problem of evil called People of the Lie. He named it that because he determined from his years as a psychiatrist studying evil people that the one thing they all had in common was a persistent need to lie.
The following highlights steps you can take to protect yourself from the evil person in your life.