The true meaning of evil has been a debated issue amongst philosophers, psychologists and criminal law professionals for decades. Often a term which is hard to define, the truth is that you will know an evil person when you meet them. Those with wicked hearts can be detected easily when you know what signs to look out for.
This article is for education purposes and is not designed to be used to suggest whether or not somebody has an evil heart if they exhibited it these traits. Some people may have an underlying mental health condition which may cause these traits to be more evident, although this is not always the case.
Here are 7 traits of someone who may have an evil heart.
They enjoy other peoples’ pain.
Some people enjoy seeing people in pain (physical or emotional) but they may also do things to cause others’ pain. They struggle with sympathy and empathy and they revel in other people’s misfortune. The cold, evil heart can be dangerous because it further puts down those who are already hurt.
They are controlling and manipulative.
Evil people want to maintain control of everything and everyone in their lives. They will often use manipulation tactics to do so; this may involve being kind to you in order to get something from you or gaslighting. They can become obsessive about controlling your life and they will never admit fault because it would ruin the illusion that they are in control. Not complying with the wishes of an evil person can result in terrible actions being taken against you. The goal of the evil person is to control the way you feel on the inside and on the outside.
They have no humility.
Those with evil hearts are full of pride and believe that they are better than those around them. They have no sense of humility and will come off as being arrogant. They will fight hard to try and prove that they are always right and have lost the care to show kindness and empathy towards others.
They have a tendency to lie.
Dislike it when people lie to you? Some people think that it is ok to tell a ‘little white lie’ if the purpose behind it is to protect loved ones. People with an evil heart will lie regardless of this and will care very little for their mistakes. Even if you catch them redhanded, nothing will change; they will not be ashamed and may even act like they want you to know that they have lied. All those tiny little lies are potent enough to damage relationships and leave people emotionally wounded.
They are desenitized to other types of evil.
Someone with a cold and wicked heart will not react to the evil in the world the same way that other people might. Instead of feeling moved emotionally by terrible events, they might act as if it doesn’t faze them at all. They won’t care about the suffering of the victims and their families and have no affliction to the world’s negative events.
They do not feel remorse.
When a person feels no conviction from their behaviour, it’s as if tiny a callous starts forming over their heart. Over time, their heart can be so hardened, that they have no remorse for their actions at all. If you challenge them on their behaviour, they will deflect, push it off onto you, and gaslight you into thinking the reality you know to be true isn’t actually true.
They are cruel.
Some people can be very vocal about their cruelty towards others. Cruelty can come in various forms, such as getting into fights, emotionally and physically hurting loved ones, or even hurting animals. Those who are evil, can push their cruelty too far and can do some serious damage. For example, some of these partners end up in an abusive relationship that they can never leave. If you notice this sign in someone, it’s important to remove yourself from the relationship quickly and seek support.
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