If you notice these 12 behaviors, you’re dealing with a fake nice person

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Ever meet someone who seems super sweet, but something about them just doesn’t sit right with you?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Some people are really good at acting nice when they’re anything but.

Are you curious about how to tell the difference? Well, I’m here to help you crack the code.

Let’s dive into 12 behaviors that might mean you’re dealing with a “fake nice” person.

1. They’re a little too perfect

Ever met someone who seems to have it all together, all the time? They’re always smiling, never upset, and everything seems to be just perfect.

Well, as much as we’d love to believe there are people out there who are always happy, it’s not really possible.

Real people have real emotions – they get sad, angry, and frustrated just like everyone else. If someone seems too perfect, chances are they’re putting on a show.

Remember, it’s okay (and normal) to not be happy all the time.

So when you meet someone who seems too good to be true, they probably are. Trust your gut on this one!

2. They’re always playing the victim

While it’s true that everyone has bad days and unfortunate things do happen, there’s a difference between experiencing misfortune and always playing the victim.

People who are genuinely nice tend to take responsibility for their actions and learn from their mistakes.

But those who are pretending to be nice may constantly play the victim, blaming others for their misfortunes and never taking responsibility.

If you notice that someone is always complaining about how bad their life is and how it’s always someone else’s fault, you might be dealing with a fake nice person.

It’s a big red flag if they never seem to be at fault and are always pointing fingers at others.

3. They’re always fishing for compliments

We all enjoy a good compliment now and then, but have you ever known someone who seems to need them a little too much? I

once knew a guy who always put himself down in front of others. At first, I thought he was just being humble. But over time, I realized he was doing it to get people to compliment him.

If he said something like, “I’m so bad at this,” he wasn’t really admitting his flaws. Instead, he was fishing for reassurances and compliments.

True nice people don’t need constant validation and are comfortable with their strengths and weaknesses.

If you notice someone constantly seeking affirmation, chances are they aren’t as nice as they seem.

4. They gossip a lot

You may think that gossiping is just a harmless way to pass the time, but did you know it can also be a sign of insincerity?

Individuals who are genuinely kind and considerate tend to avoid gossip as they understand that it can harm relationships and spread negativity.

If you notice someone constantly engaging in gossip, they might not be as nice as they portray themselves to be.

People who often gossip may experience higher levels of anxiety or aggression, and might find it difficult to be well-liked by their peers due to their tendency to engage in negative talk.

5. They don’t listen

Genuine kindness involves empathy, and empathy requires listening. It’s that simple.

If someone is truly nice, they will take the time to listen to what you have to say – not just hear your words, but really understand your feelings and thoughts.

Unfortunately, some people only appear to be nice because they know the right things to say. But when it’s time for them to listen, they’re suddenly not so attentive.

They might cut you off, change the subject, or seem uninterested in your story.

This lack of genuine listening can make you feel unheard and unimportant. It’s a subtle sign, but a crucial one.

If you’re dealing with someone who doesn’t give you their full attention when you’re speaking, they might not be as nice as they seem.

6. They’re manipulative

This one hits close to home for me. I once had a friend who seemed really nice. She was always ready to help and seemed genuinely interested in my life. But over time, I realized she had a habit of subtly manipulating situations to work in her favor.

For instance, she would often offer to do me a favor, but then later use that as leverage to get me to do something for her. It was always a give-and-take situation, but never in a healthy way.

If you notice someone using their ‘kindness’ as a tool for manipulation, be wary. Genuine kindness doesn’t come with strings attached. It’s given freely and without expecting something in return.

7. They’re only nice when they want something

Let’s cut to the chase: some people act nice only when they need a favor. You know the type. They’re all smiles and compliments when they want something, but once they get it, their niceness disappears quicker than a chocolate cake at a birthday party.

These folks aren’t genuinely kind. They’re users. They see kindness as a means to an end, not as a way of life.

Real nice people are nice all the time, not just when they stand to gain from it.

So if someone’s niceness feels more like a light switch, be careful. They might not be as good-hearted as they seem.

8. They’re quick to judge

One of the hallmarks of a genuinely kind person is their ability to withhold judgment and give others the benefit of the doubt.

But fake nice people? They’re often quick to judge others, even for minor mistakes.

People who judge others harshly usually do so because it makes them feel better about themselves. It’s a defense mechanism that helps them deal with their own insecurities and shortcomings.

If you find someone constantly criticizing or judging others, they may be using these tactics to hide their true nature. 

Remember: genuine kindness comes with tolerance and understanding, not harsh judgment.

9. They’re never wrong

I’ll never forget a former co-worker of mine who seemed like the nicest person you could ever meet. Always smiling, always polite. But there was one problem – according to him, he was never wrong.

Even when he made a clear mistake, he would find a way to twist the situation and make it seem like it wasn’t his fault. He couldn’t accept that he was wrong or apologize for his mistakes.

This was a clear sign to me that his niceness was just a front.

Genuine people aren’t afraid to admit when they’re wrong. They understand that everyone makes mistakes and that admitting to them is a sign of strength, not weakness.

If someone can never admit they’re wrong, chances are their nice act is just that – an act.

10. They’re fake around certain people

Fake nice people are like chameleons, changing their colors depending on who they’re around.

They’ll be sweet as sugar to someone they want to impress, but the moment that person leaves the room, it’s a whole different story.

If you notice someone being overly nice to the boss or a popular friend but dismissive or rude to others, take note.

Genuine people treat everyone with the same level of respect and kindness, no matter their status or what they can offer.

11. They break promises

We all forget things sometimes, that’s human. But if someone consistently makes promises they don’t keep, that’s not forgetfulness – it’s deceit.

Fake nice people are often quick to promise things because it makes them look good in the moment.

But when it comes time to deliver, they’re nowhere to be found. Remember, actions speak louder than words. Don’t believe the sweet talk – believe the follow-through (or lack thereof).

12. They thrive on attention

Last but not least, fake nice people often have a deep need for attention. They want to be liked, admired, and at the center of everything.

While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying attention now and then, fake nice people take it to another level.

They might exaggerate stories, play up their accomplishments or even lie just to stay in the spotlight.

Genuine people don’t need constant validation from others – their self-worth comes from within.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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