Bad people: How much evil is in you?

No question, if there are good people, there must be bad people too. But what characterizes them, how do we deal with them – and how much bad is there in you?

Before we devote ourselves to the depths of the human soul, we must first state that humans are first and foremost incredibly touching and lovable beings . We are happy that if we can help others, find someone with whom we get along well, feel that our life is beautiful or meaningful, or that in the dark season every Sunday we may light a new candle. Lovable and touching!

But what also belongs to humanity: doubt, question, evaluate, judge and classify. A system based on pairs of opposites has proven to be particularly effective : small and big, fast and slow, stupid and intelligent and, of course, good and bad. Therefore, that is due to our own, subjective human world order (which on the whole seems to be working outstandingly good), we feel some people particularly well, while others rather than bad people. Luckily! For while we can orient ourselves to good people , we should be more careful about evil .

Bad people: The D factor

Serial killers, rapists, scammers or historical horror clowns like Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden – most of them spontaneously think of evil people as similar types and categories. But is there something that unites them all? Characteristics and characteristics by which they can be identified? Yes, they exist and scientists have grouped them under the term “D-factor” or “factor-D” (for ” dark factor “). The higher the D-factor of a person, the more likely you would say that he has a dark, bad personality. So, roughly speaking, has a high willingness to harm other people in order to assert their own interests . The following characteristics make up the D factor – created and present in moderation, they are in every personality, but only with bad people they are particularly pronounced.

10 typical characteristics of bad people

1. egoism

Evil people put their own well-being so far above that of others that they even take their suffering and misfortune into account.

2. Greed

Bad people are especially greedy and never satisfied. Even if they already have enough of something (especially material things like money, but also something like power, success, celebrity, etc.), they always want more – because they treat others to nothing.

3. Machiavellianism

Typical of evil men and women is a very cynical worldview, they are convinced that there is neither real justice nor true love . Therefore, when dealing with others, they act in a calculating and manipulative manner, leading social relationships primarily for strategic reasons, if they expect them to benefit from it.

4. Moral disinhibition

One thing bad people can do especially well: avoid scruples and pangs of conscience! For example, when they persuade themselves to be innocent victims and see only the bad in their fellow human beings, they always feel right, but never responsible.

5. Narcissism

Narcissists are often energy vampires because they demand attention and affirmation from their environment (and do everything they can to get it), but do not tolerate any (self-) criticism or demands on them. Even bad people are often above average narcissistic, have a high ambition and are convinced of their greatness and importance almost enviably.

6. Great claims

Disproportionately high claims, for example assuming that one is entitled to the bed while the rest sleep on the floor, are also seen by scientists as a criterion for a high D-factor.

7. Psychopathy

Of all the categories mentioned, psychopathic behavior is probably what best identifies evil people as outsiders: they display a very conspicuous and unusual way of dealing with emotions. On the one hand, they show no empathy, compassion or understanding, on the other hand they can express their feelings, if they do not get something, for example, as uncontrolled and unfiltered as small children.

8. Sadism

Evil people are typically sadistic, meaning they enjoy and enjoy torturing and humiliating others.

If you have just blushed: Sex games except! If you live your D-factor in bed, but not in the rest of your life, you’re not a bad woman.

9. Selfishness

Selfishness, psychopathic tendencies, sadism – all these qualities can only be strongly expressed in connection with an above-average self-centeredness, that is to say, an exaggerated focus on oneself that completely blocks out the needs and feelings of others.


Schadenfreude is the most beautiful joy? Oh dear, the D factor sends its regards! It is really questionable if someone even takes their own disadvantages in order to see his fellow human beings suffer. It’s hard to call someone that good …

You’re afraid there might be a bit of evil in you? Here you can do the D-factor test .

How should you treat bad people?

Just like for energy vampires , evil people are also considered: they are not on purpose! Nobody decides to be bad and to damage or harm their environment or society . How high the D-factor is for each individual depends on many circumstances, including disposition, experience and a large portion of chance or luck or bad luck.

The bad news: When a bad person gets in your way, the best (and only) thing you can do is to avoid him. We can not change others or help them if they do not want to change or be helped themselves . Who surrounds himself with bad people who know neither compassion nor scruples will sooner or later suffer from them – and get in trouble to preserve the good in itself and to protect.

If you interfere in the life of a nasty person, then at best by warning others of her or reporting her to appropriate posts (police, supervisor, human resources department), if there is a valid reason and she has some debt. Ideally, fair criminal systems and professional psychological care should help evil people break out of the circle of evil.

The good news: Those who recognize in themselves a tendency to evil, can change if they want! A first step must be to admit your own malice, to identify and to understand why you act badly and ruthlessly. Only on this basis can habits be broken and deadlocked patterns of behavior overcome.

Of course, depending on how high the D-factor is and how many years you’ve followed the dark strategies, it can be difficult to move from a bad to a good person. But it is possible and definitely worth the effort! After all, evil people not only can never really love others. Nor can they learn true self-love, no real happiness, no satisfaction . Then, the purpose of their existence is still to upgrade the good (which, ironically, is probably the last thing they want). But a nice, happy life definitely looks different.

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