I’ve come across a few evil people in my life – one who even practiced black magic (wild, I know).
Aside from that uncomfortable, weird feeling – also known as your intuition – it can be hard to spot someone with dark intentions.
They usually do a good job of fitting in and “appearing” to be normal.
But, with these signs below, you’ll know you’re dealing with a sinister person.
Stay safe out there!
1) Your gut feeling tells you
I’ve already mentioned intuition, so let’s start there.
I often say that you should trust your gut feeling. It rarely lies. And when you’re dealing with a sinister person, alarm bells will be ringing within.
This can range from a mild sensation of discomfort when you’re around them, to a heightened sense of caution or fear.
When I found out about the person who practices black magic (and not for good), everything suddenly made sense.
It’s a distant family friend, and I recall as a child feeling wary of them. When I found out the truth as an adult, I suddenly realized why I’d always felt so strange in their presence.
I’d unknowingly picked up on their bad energy vibes.
So listen to your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, it usually isn’t.
2) They appear to have ulterior motives
A sinister person won’t tell you that they’re evil.
They won’t be upfront about what they really want, they prefer to lie, manipulate, and control the situation until they’re satisfied.
For example, let’s say there’s a promotion opportunity at work. It’s between you and your colleague, and you’re both qualified and worthy candidates.
You might be thinking, “May the best person win”.
Your colleague, if they’re sinister, might smile and nod along. May the best person win.
But behind your back, she’s inviting management out for fancy dinners, discrediting your work, and trying to get one up on you.
This is a prime example of a sinister person. Their words and their actions don’t match up.
3) They’re cruel to animals
Whenever you hear stories about serial killers or psychopaths, ever noticed how people recall early memories of them being cruel to animals?
They usually start by killing small creatures and work their way up.
Now, that’s not to say the sinister person you’re dealing with is a killer. But it’s safe to assume they’re not a good person.
And often, that shows in how they interact with defenseless animals.
They might kick a dog randomly and laugh about it.
I had a friend once who picked my then kitten up and threw her out of the room, quite roughly.
I remember being super angry at her and asking why she’d do that – she thought it was funny. I should have realized then how mean she was, but it took a further year (and for her to betray me terribly) to see she was evil.
4) They’re manipulative
One of the reasons why it’s so hard to know when you’re dealing with a sinister person is because they’re manipulative – and good at it.
They’ll twist stories to suit their agenda. They’ll use guilt to make people do what they want. They’ll gaslight people who try to call them out on their behavior.
They’ll even play the victim.
In my experience, these people are great at drawing you in. They’ll love bomb you (or friendship bomb you) and then use the same affection and care to force you into doing what they want.
5) They’re dishonest
Often, when you’re dealing with a sinister person, you’ll notice that their stories don’t add up.
They lie so often that it’s hard for them to stay coherent.
And the weirdest part of all is that they’ll even lie over little, insignificant stuff. Like what they ate for dinner or what their favorite color is.
That’s because being deceptive is just part of their nature. They don’t feel bad about misleading people, like you and I do.
If anything, it’s fun for them.
They do it like it’s a sport. That’s something else my ex-friend used to do. Lie for no reason.
I was pretty naive to think she just did that with everyone else and not me. I learned the hard way.
6) They enjoy seeing others suffer
When you see someone else suffering, you feel bad for them, right?
Well, a sinister person won’t.
You’ll notice their eyes light up. They’ll show more interest. They’ll want to discuss it in detail, dissecting every little thing that happened.
They might try to disguise their amusement, but it’ll be obvious in the questions they ask and if they get sloppy, you might even hear them mutter, “Well, they deserved it…”
This act of enjoying the suffering of others is called Schadenfreude.
It can come from a number of reasons, such as:
But mainly, this cruel behavior comes because sinister people lack the following:
7) They lack empathy or compassion
Evil, sinister people struggle to put themselves in the shoes of other people.
That’s why they often don’t understand why their actions are so hurtful or harmful.
They can’t empathize or feel bad when they see people suffering. If they aren’t reveling in it, they’re simply indifferent.
Really want to find out if someone you’re dealing with is sinister?
Go to them with a personal problem.
See how they react. If they’re evil, they’ll probably just dismiss your feelings. Or make you feel bad for being “so sensitive”.
8) They never take responsibility for themselves
Another way to know that you’re in the presence of someone dark is if they refuse to take accountability for their actions.
They’re always quick to pass the blame on to someone else.
Even if you’ve got direct proof that it was their fault, they’ll find a way out of it.
They’ll get defensive or change the topic. Anything to avoid owning up.
You’ll even see them justify their behavior in the weirdest of ways. Arguing with someone like this is incredibly frustrating because you’re constantly hit with a brick wall.
9) Other people are wary of them
One way that I’ve found out about cruel people in my life was through other people warning me.
If you notice that a lot of people are wary of the person in question, it’s not a good sign.
And if someone directly tells you to be careful?
Listen to them.
More often than not, if more than one person has their suspicions, it’s for a reason.
Either they’ve been stung by this person in the past, or they’ve witnessed them in action.
Of course, do your own research before making a decision. You should never blindly follow what others tell you.
But if the other points in this list are ringing true as well, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a sinister person.
10) They like to be in control
And finally, a hallmark sign of a dark person is their need to be in control.
You’ll see this in the little situations; when they don’t get their way, or they aren’t being listened to.
You’ll notice that even though they try to put on a calm front, their body language gives away their irritation.
Think clenched fists, eye rolls, and a lot of huffing. And that’s mild.
They might also obsess over things for longer than necessary. Or make remarks about the person who won’t listen to them.
This isn’t just about having OCD – it’s more than that.
Sinister people need to remain in control to feel good about themselves. And that’s why they so often resort to manipulative behaviors, as we discussed before.
So, by now, you should have a pretty good idea of what to look out for. Evil is out there, and all you can do is be aware of the signs and protect yourself.