By Editorial Staff2018-08-18T20:08:32+00:00on May 13th, 20186 Comments Can You Spot a Predator? Those who habitually exploit others might not follow the rules, but they do follow a set pattern of behaviors. If you know how to recognize these actions for what they are, you can protect your friends, your family, and yourself, from abusive, manipulative people and groups. If you haven't already read our page on predatory individuals, you might want to do so before taking the quiz. So, how well can you spot a predator? Predators are people who: ruthlessly exploit others for their own gain or amusement never say “thank-you” make others angry because they are tactless Compared to the average person, a predator: is less intelligent has poor education lacks empathy A predator enjoys: taking risks – and will push you to do the same helping people feel good about themselves the satisfaction of learning something new After hurting someone, what is the one thing a predator would never do? change the subject apologize sincerely justify their behavior A predator’s apology will be: sincerely meant followed by questions as to how to behave better in the future carefully worded to shift the blame to someone else In any relationship, group or situation, a predator most wants: control over others peace of mind a sense of belonging At first meeting, a predator will: focus attention on one subject be cold and distant be charming, friendly, and the “life of the party” Predators exploit your sympathy by: showing you pictures of people in need pretending to need your help talking about other people’s need for help When you point out a predator’s bad behavior, they usually: listen carefully and consider your feelings, before offering to behave better in the future walk away without a word, but offer a compromise later use guilt, confusion, and other gaslighting tactics to shift the blame back onto you Predators are only concerned about: their own wants and needs whether they have entertained you appearing educated or wealthy Narcissistic predators demand constant admiration and: copy other successful individuals become jealous when anyone else is praised work hard to become worthy of admiration To make themselves look as good as possible, predators will: exaggerate their accomplishments set higher goals for themselves work to improve their weaknesses When criticized, a predator might explode in anger, but may also: withdraw in silence listen carefully and decide whether the criticism is justified swiftly and persuasively assign the blame to others Caring people use “white lies” to spare friends’ feelings. But a predator lies to: develop a better sense of humor wisely invest and save money manipulate and control others In addition to lying, predators: use alcohol to suppress their own pain use charm and compliments to manipulate others disown their own family Easily bored and looking for excitement, predators are: impulsive, acting on their immediate needs and desires quick to join in group activities careful to choose who to associate with Although quick to point out the weaknesses of others, predators always: seek to understand their own weaknesses use humor to deflect tense situations refuse to admit to their shortcomings Above all else, predators: want their own way when making life-affirming decisions don’t care about other peoples’ feelings find it hard to express their feelings for others 6 Comments Cece M Smith May 15, 2018 at 1:05 am - Reply I passed! Thank you for your work make person’s aware person’s like this are out there – best to be aware. My folks never warned me or I should say I didn’t get it from The Big Bad Wolf story like some did. I’m too literal I guess. Colm Macdowell May 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm - Reply I have met a few people like this M June 10, 2018 at 11:05 pm - Reply This test should tell you which answers you got wrong, and what the correct answer is, otherwise how do you learn? Maja June 25, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply Yeah, what was this for? I thought I get some insights out of it. Like, what other people thought were right answers… Spike Robinson July 11, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply We’re still working on learning this quiz/survey program , and we will work on putting the reasons for the right answers – and which people got wrong – in the message folks get back, as soon as we figure out how to do so. In future quizzes and questionnaires, this will be a regular feature. Thanks for your honest input. Debi September 9, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply You didn’t ace the test, but you’re still pretty sharp. What’s wring and what are the best/correct answers??? Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.