How to Spot a Two-Faced Hypocrite
Do you know any people who are as phony as a three-dollar bill? They say one thing yet do another; they make rules but don’t follow them; and they live one way in public yet another in private. They’re so dishonest, they could be called professional liars. In fact, many hypocrites even lie to themselves. They’re two-faced hypocrites.
Hypocrisy is an addiction. You dupe people once and think you can get away with it again. But although you may think that you’re fooling the world, you’re only kidding yourself. People are on to you, and the ramifications are worse than you think.
How can you be a trusted friend, respected parent, credible role model, or an effective leader if you’re living a lie? As the saying goes, “Some people are like pennies. Two-faced and worthless.”
Two-faced hypocrites quickly give themselves away by their behavior. Here are 23 ways to spot one.
- Say one thing but do another.
- Treat those in power differently than they treat underlings.
- Give advice but fail to follow their own guidance.
- Preach tolerance but judge others who don’t conform to their way of thinking.
- Volunteer others but rarely raise their own hand.
- Live one way in public but another in private.
- Pretend to be someone they’re not merely to win acceptance.
- Make rules but fail to follow the rules themselves.
- Preach morality but live a shameful life.
- Demand things of others that they’re unwilling to do themselves.
- Say one thing to someone’s face but another thing behind their back.
- Pretend to be wealthy even though their bank account is scanty.
- Alter their opinion to gain acceptance from people with differing viewpoints.
- Condemn the actions of others even though they commit those same acts themselves.
- Promote a holier-than-thou image merely to offset reckless behavior.
- Help people only when it’s in their personal interest to do so.
- Pretend to care even when their motive is really self-serving.
- Demand austerity for others but handsomely compensate themselves.
- Feign outrage even though they have no intention of doing anything about it.
- Penalize some folks for wrongdoing but look the other way for everyone else.
- Lecture people about morality but cover up for their friends.
- Judge others but call people intolerant when they’re personally judged.
- Act one way when folks are looking, the opposite when they’re not.
Check out Frank’s latest book, The Path to a Meaningful Life.
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