It is often said that the world is full of fake people and one of the problems is that some times is difficult to tell the difference between people who are genuinely nice and those who are just faking it.
It is important for you to surround yourself with positive and genuine people on whom you can count in hard times, but these days, it is impossible to tell who is fake and who isn’t!
In an effort to sort out the real from the fake, I have put together a list on the difference between fake and genuine people.
Respect is a way of treating other people in a nice way despite varying circumstances in life. Being kind to oneself and to others is a form of respect and it can be applied to various situations in life.
- Genuine people: They respect everyone.
- Fake people: They only respect people with power.
People-pleasing comes in a variety of ways. This is why it can feel so intangible and hard to identify at times. It is important to know when someone tries to please you because they care or because they’re fake.
- Genuine people: They don’t try to make people like them.
- Fake people: They try hard to make people like them.
Some people strive for attention and would pay any price just to get it. Those attention seeking people may do inappropriate things like lying just to get attention or they may engage in a more constructive behavior like striving for success and recognition to get the attention they crave.
- Genuine people: They aren’t attention seekers.
- Fake people: They are desperate for attention.
Is someone is doing something out of the goodness of their heart or doing it because they feel the need to brag about it? Bragging shows that perhaps they didn’t get as much out of it as they were hoping.
- Genuine people: They don’t brag.
- Fake people: They show off all the time.
Gossip is unconstrained and often derogatory conversation about other people, and can involve betraying a confidence and spreading sensitive information or hurtful judgments. Research shows that people who gossip the most have very high levels of anxiety.
- Genuine people: They express their opinion.
- Fake people: They gossip a lot.
Keeping promises is important in the continuation of happy and healthy relationships. Knowing you can trust someone is one of the key stepping stones to any relationship.
- Genuine people: They always try their best to live up their promises.
- Fake people: They make commitments easily but seldom keep them.
Criticism is a universal but painful experience. When criticism is not constructive, being criticised may trigger fear, shame, or anger, and feed into one’s insecurities about being unworthy or incompetent.
- Genuine people: They admire others and often praise others.
- Fake people: They criticise others to make themselves look great.