In nature, some predators are camouflaged to better hunt their prey. The coloration of owls blends in seamlessly with the trees where they perch, watchful for dinner on the ground below. Green snakes blend into the leafy trees of the rainforest, while brown snakes almost disappear in the dirt.
Human predators are the same way. They often look like good friends and neighbors, even when they’re very dangerous.
The good news is that if you know what to watch for, you can more effectively spot liars, manipulators, and even psychopaths—anyone who wants to take advantage of you.
Up to 20 percent of the population consists of these unsavory characters, but you don’t have to be a victim. Knowledge is your best defense. Find out what you need to know in our Instaread on Dark Psychology.