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Peck and Self-Deception

According to Peck, evil is a form of self-righteousness. You feel morally superior to others and enjoy hurting them for not being "moral" like you are. Peck explained that the evil person imputes evil motives to innocent people to victimise them. The evil person will prefer to pick a target that will be unable to fight back. Children make easy targets. Peck stated that to be adept at evil you have to engage in self-deception so that your conscience ends up twisted and in denial about how bad you are. Peck said that evil people are not the same as sociopaths - sociopaths seem to have no conscience.

Peck outlined the traits in an evil person.

They include the ability to fool oneself and keep it up. One will be consistent with the self-deception. One feels the reward is having little or no guilt feelings and appearing to be an upright person in ones own reckoning and that in others. These rewards help one stay consistent.

The inevitable result of self-deception is that ones life becomes a lie to others. That is inevitable and to deceive yourself is to risk deceiving others and leads to many being fooled.

The person will treat many people normally but will choose some targets for abuse.

He projects the malice and evil in himself on to them.

She hides her hate for them as love or tough love.

The person will abuse any power he has over others and this abuse might be covert.

The person tells and lives lies continually to look respectable.

She will not consider how her victim feels and is not interested in seeing things from the victim's perspective.

He hates criticism even if it is constructive and will pretend to welcome it but will think of ways to diffuse the criticism.

An evil person is often skilled at spotting when institutions are evil.