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In a scale of 1 to 10, how "evil" are you?

Asked by mazingerz88 (23110points) November 28th, 2011

By evil, I mean your own perceived shortcomings as a human being, behaviour and attitude wise. No one is perfect, we know that, but most of us also realize the importance of practicing self-reflection in order to identify and correct our less admirable traits. So please rate yourself, identify your shortcomings if you like and share any plans you might have to rectify the situation. Thanks.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@mazingerz88 That made a line from Hells Bells go through my mind. “If you’re into evil you’re a friend of mine”. Plenty of shortcomings here.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

It is not likely that a person recognizes their shortcomings. If they did, they would correct them (or try to.) I used to be much more selfish, self-absorbed and hateful. I have been working on that for decades, and I am okay in those departments now.

Coloma's avatar

No evil here. Not in my makeup.
My shortcoming are the usual, I am a bit of a glutton and find it easy to fall into self indulgent mode.
I struggle with keeping my weight in check, it’s checked out again recently haha and am a bit of a procrastinator.

“Evil” implies premeditated deception, lack of a conscience, lying, and no empathy for how ones behavior effects others. This is a character disorder, and thank god, while I may have my hedonistic streak, character disordered I am not and avoid anyone that shows signs of such.

Blackberry's avatar

1. I think I’m a genuinely good person, but I can be judgmental and idealistic sometimes.

blueiiznh's avatar

Let me do some introspective thinking and get back to you.

Done. No Evil….

Judi's avatar

I can’t put a number on it, but I do have a little darker side. I wanted to “friend” Honey Badger on Facebook, but I’m afraid I have to many friends there that wouldn’t get that bad ass (even me saying ass) sense of humor.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

<——Evil Photographers use EVIL Cameras.

erichw1504's avatar


Wait… I once killed a lady bug: 1.5.

CaptainHarley's avatar

At my age either most of the sharp edges have worn off, or your addictions have you by the cahones. I don’t really have any addictions, so I suppose I’m about a 3 evil. : ))

flutherother's avatar

Shortcomings are deficiencies that prevent us from being fully good and are different from evil which aims to cause harm. That doesn’t mean that deficiencies or weakness can’t assist evil at times. It just takes good men to do nothing for evil to flourish.

It isn’t only about feeling compassion; wisdom is needed to foresee the consequences of our actions in a very complex world. It requires imagination, the ability to see ourselves in others shoes. Not being evil isn’t always simple, sometimes it is hard work and sometimes it takes courage.

john65pennington's avatar

The Score…......................

Good: 95%

Evil: 5%

I have a very low profile anger threshold. I can take quite a bit. When enough is enough, I see red and somebody is going to suffer.

Just do not spit in my face or down my family and we will be okay.

linguaphile's avatar

@mazingerz88 You didn’t say whether 1 is evil, or if 10 is. I’m going to get boring here and say that it depends on how evil is defined.

There’s a book (wish I could remember the name) that defines evil acts as actions that take the value and enjoyment of life away from others or destroy a person’s will to live. An evil person is someone who does this regularly without scruples, even with the knowledge that they are doing this. If this is the definition- then I don’t think I have much evil in me because I can not, in any way, intentionally and knowingly take someone’s enjoyment of life away. Accidentally, maybe, but not intentionally.

However, if the definition of evil is more like schadenfreude, then… hee-hee-hee… I’m kinda partly evil.

TheIntern55's avatar

When I’m in a good mood: 3. I like to pull alot of pranks.
When I’m in a bad mood: 10. I have a temper. And it can be bad.

stardust's avatar

We all have the potential to be evil. It’s just another side of the coin. Luckily, most of us have a filter that keeps us in check… I on the other hand am an 11 ;)

wundayatta's avatar

Eleventy twelve.

ucme's avatar


chyna's avatar

I’m not evil at all. Mischevious at times, but never evil.

XOIIO's avatar

I got into a 2 and a half (maybe 3) month relationship, just to break someone’s heart, because I wanted to see if I could do it. They relapsed o doing drugs and binge drinking, all their destructive old habits and basically fell apart after saying “I was the best thing that ever happened to them”, and they did have a shit life, and I got the best, deepest satisfactory laugh out of it when this happened, I never felt a better thrill.

What would you rate that?

chyna's avatar

^What a jerk thing to do and to be proud of it? Wow.

XOIIO's avatar

@chyna it was never going to work out anyways, so I decided to have some fun with it. Anyways, I found out that she was most likely messing around, which didn’t matter anyways, but made it a simpler choice.

XOIIO's avatar

.. and if you knew what type of person this was, and what she usually did, you’d laugh too.

Berserker's avatar

If I go from your details, then probably 7 or 8. It’s not that I’m bad, but I’m really lazy, and don’t really bother trying to fix things about me that I think might need work. In a way though, that might mean that I don’t really think I need any improvement? Does that make me conceited instead? But I don’t hurt people with how I am, at least not that I know of. Other than being somewhat cold and dismissive, I think people who get brushed by my moody side will live.

As for the truest definition of evil that I can realistically think of, that is, hurting others and knowing it, whether to benefit oneself or just getting off of it, I don’t do that. In fact I make it a point to not be involved with most people as much as possible. Maybe that’s me being an asshole, but I don’t think it’s evil. I’ve hurt people bad before, and it’s not a good feeling at all. So I certainly don’t look for it.

Well, this answer, I hope, beats the one liner I was gonna originally offer…XD

Schroedes13's avatar

I fluctuate between a light 6-solid 8, depending on the day.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Depends on your definition of “Evil”.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Shortcomings do not have to be about evil. As far as how mean I can be or how manipulative or how I hate certain things about people, I’d say I’m about a 2 on an evil scale. Most of my vitriol is usually pent up inside..I’m not really about actually hurting people…unless I’m provoked…which is rare.

Male's avatar

How about if I recognize my shortcomings, but I do nothing about them because I just don’t care about the impact they have on other people?

10/10….most definitely.

thesparrow's avatar

Most people would see themselves as fundamentally good, and most people ARE good. Those who aren’t are usually psychopaths or sociopaths who have no regard for others’ feelings. Yes, people react to others’ feelings in different ways, but nobody is really ‘evil’, per se (except said psychopaths). And even then, it’s their brain biology that makes them the way it is.

Bellatrix's avatar

I can be naughty and a tease but I am not evil. It depends how you define evil of course but to me evil includes things like deliberately hurting another living creature. I don’t do that. I would say 1 if 1 is the lowest point on the evil scale.

erichw1504's avatar

@wundayatta Thirty fourteen.

downtide's avatar

I have plenty of shortcomings but being evil isn’t one of them. I don’t even rate a 1 on that scale.

disenchanted_poisongirl's avatar

Evil? I don’t know. I used to be a 7 or something… But now I just don’t know. I guess I’m growing up… or it’s just a phase. I’ll be myself again one day, probably. I think I’m a 4. For now. Because I try not to annoy anyone, but I still get into trouble. I was born like this, I suppose.

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