The word “misanthrope” comes from the Greek word meaning “to hate people.” Misanthropes are known for avoiding human interaction whenever possible. This doesn’t necessarily mean make a person mean or hateful in general, but they definitely avoid people whenever possible. There are a number of different signs that you may be a misanthrope, and it’s important that you know what they are before making a final determination of yourself.

1. You tend to be more sensible than the people who surround you
One surefire sign that you are a misanthrope is that you tend to be more sensible than other people around you. If you hate people because you just think most of them are idiots, this term most likely applies to you. Misanthropes tend to dislike people in general not because they are intellectual snobs, but rather because they simply don’t want to deal with people’s nonsense in general.

2. You hate a deep-seated hatred for Drama
If you simply cannot stand drama and the people who cause it, you are most likely a misanthrope. These people do everything in their power to avoid those who cause problems and dramatic situations wherever they go. While a lot of people claim to hate drama, many of them are actually responsible for causing it themselves. True misanthropes despise drama in all forms and do whatever they have to when it comes to staying away from it altogether.

3. You Prefer to spend time by yourself
While it’s true that not all people who prefer to spend time by themselves are misanthropes, it is one of the signs to look out for. If you would much rather stay at home and read a book or do something else by yourself than go to a party or engage in any other social activity, misanthropy is definitely a possibility. These people almost always prefer to spend time by themselves as opposed to hanging out with other people, no matter who it is.

4. You Never really use Social Media
A lot of people-hating misanthropes avoid social media websites like Facebook and Twitter like the plague. Because these are outlets for people to talk and communicate with each other, your average misanthrope will have no interest in them whatsoever. Do you find that you are the only person in your group who doesn’t have a social media or social networking account of some kind? If so, you might just be a misanthrope in the classic sense.

5. You cannot Stand Children
There are some people who cannot stand being around kids, and some of them are classic misanthropes. If you don’t find kids cute or adorable in the slightest, this term might very well apply to you. These people typically have no patience for kids, especially young ones that scream, cry and throw temper tantrums. While young children can get on any person’s nerves at times, misanthropes tend to hate being around kids no matter how they are acting.

6. You have a bad case of Road Rage
Not all misanthropes are angry drivers, but many of them cannot stand sharing the road with their fellow humans. If you find yourself screaming at every other vehicle on the road when driving, you could be a misanthrope. These people find it very difficult to get in their cars without cursing out slow drivers, people who cut them off and everyone in between. Chances are you have no patience for bad drivers, and what’s more you allow your rage to get the best of you in a number of different ways while driving.

7. You are always a little bit too blunt when speaking with others
One sign that you very well might be a people-hating misanthrope is that you are a little bit too blunt and assertive with your opinions. Most people have at least some kind of social filter that prevents them from saying the things they want to, but not these people. You have probably found yourself in more than one situation where you’ve been accused of being mean or even heartless because of your direct and perhaps inappropriate comments directed at another person.

8. You have a difficult time making new friends
Although a lot of misanthropes don’t really have a very strong desire to make new friends in the first place, they have a very difficult time doing so when the mood strikes them. If you find it hard to make friends, you could possibly by a misanthrope. You just tend to rub people the wrong way, and because of that it can be hard to connect with people.

9. You’d rather not have a significant other
Sometimes you feel lonely but overall you just don’t want to bother with such a deep and personal relationship. True misanthropes usually don’t actively seek out romantic relationships because they know what a successful one requires on their part. It’s a lot of work physically and emotionally, and that’s just not something that most misanthropes are interested in.

10. You think you are better than most people
You could be a misanthrope if you often think that you are better than most of the people around you. Misanthropes often think that they are smarter and more sensible than other people, and sometimes it’s actually true.

11. You have some sort of anxiety disorder
Studies have shown that misanthropes tend to have some sort of anxiety disorder. If you sometimes get panic attacks when you are in large groups of people, misanthropy is at least somewhat likely. Not all misanthropes have an anxiety disorder, but many of them do.

12. You really enjoy people watching
If people watching is one of your favorite activities, there is a big chance that you could be a misanthrope through to the bone. These people usually strongly prefer watching people over actually interacting with them. It is important to take this into consideration before labeling yourself as a people-hating misanthrope or anything else for that matter.

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Anna Perkins is a relationship writer who offers her own forthright opinion over the worlds of dating, romance, relationships , marriage and friendships. She loves cats, traveling, spending time with her son and husband.

29 Comments

  1. Great article. We don’t all or always think we’re better. What’s clear is we, misanthropes, understand how most people seem to crave company and like to be part of what’s popular or be seen to be doing things that will earn them brownie points with the crowd. Yet the majority, the masses don’t seem to get that there’s a small number that don’t want all the things they want. All we want is to be left alone and not interfered with. Our refusal to interact with the community is sometimes regarded, particularly post 911, as something to be suspicious and wary of. What this tells me is that the masses is made up mostly of shallow people. They will support causes like Black Lives Matter because it’s the thing to do, it’ll show they are accepting of difference and ‘nice’. If it happened that they chanced upon a person being picked on by a group they might just walk away becuase there’s no witnesses around to glorify their deeds. The human race is a lost cause. There’s no need to philosophise further. It’s a fact. Look around us.

    • Tracy S Thompson Reply

      Misanthropes are usually fat, unattractive and have poor personal hygiene.

        • Why Do You Need A Name Reply

          I think Tracy’s just projecting on us a tad.

        • Dontgiveafuck Reply

          And can YOU not feed into his negative bullshit I’m really tired of people like you, you people think you’re so above everyone else and you think you have everyone’s life figured out when guess what bitch? You barley have your life figured out you don’t know shit about people and you shouldn’t feed into his negative bullshit I hope both of you choke on a dick

      • That’s not true I’m a misanthrope and I exercise to an extreme amount I shower three times a day I brush my teeth 6 times a day I’m handsome and athletic

      • Linda De Jonge Reply

        Based on what, exactly. I shower daily, eat healthy food and just hate people for being stupid and following the crowd instead of their own mind. As for “ugly”… Who decides?
        People are arrogant, ignorant and selfish. They don’t seem to care for their natural surroundings or other animals on this small planet. Humans breed constantly and then complain about lack of space, food etc. It’s all about money which a lot of humans will not share with others… Greed is ugly.

      • I genuinely think that this is a won’t generalization. People with specific opinions, regarding humanity or anything/anyone else do not have the same or a similar appearance necessarily. Classifying all misanthropes as “fat, unattractive, and having poor hygiene” is like using stereotypes, which are practically out of proportion generalizations, to define people who think or act differently than you do. You might think that using the word “usually” makes it less offensive, but all it does is verify that it’s a genuine generalization because you imply that misanthropes are “UNusually” thin and have well hygiene and are attractive. Not all misanthropes make their opinions well known. So you’ll never truly know who falls in the category and who doesn’t. So let’s assume another stereotype, which is essentially a generalization, and apply it to this situation.
        There’s many stereotypes— men are stronger and more built for work than women; Arabs and Muslims are terrorists, and all white Americans are fat, lazy, and obese. Similar to the generalization you decided to note down, these are all offensive stereotypes/generalizations that are also greatly not true. There is no scientific evidence or even plain evidence the general public can understand to suggest that these are true. They’re not true for the entire population under these cultures or races or genders. The same principle applies to what you claimed and to these stereotypes/generalizations— you cannot simply bunch an entire population together and assume who they are, what they do, and how they look like. That’s where you mess up.

      • Dontgiveafuck Reply

        Dude have you ever actually met a misanthrope? I bet you haven’t what the fuck is your issue? THIS THIS is why I fucking hate you people all you ever do is bad mouth people to make yourself feel special well guess what buddy you’re not shit and you’re never gonna be shit….sorry you think so lowly of yourself, sorry you’re a dirty prick that’s self reflecting get a fucking life, stop generalizing people like the dumb ass retard you are, fucking leave.

      • And what do trolls generally look like, Traxy? God I hate people. Coming out Misanthropic and proud, I am not one of these shallow failures. Misanthropists, unite! Just also leave me alone.

  2. 10 out of 12 according to your personal list / observations.

    Number 10 You think you are better than most people that is someone with a Narcissists personality disorder.

    11. You have some sort of anxiety disorder

    I had a friend who was diagnosed by a psychiatrist with anxiety they trusted the wrong people and kept doing things they didn’t want to just to make people happy.
    They would cry when ever someone didn’t like them.

    You also left out the actual meaning of misanthrope
    Misanthropes have trouble trusting humans.

  3. Wow! This is great. I may just be a misanthrope! Can I also hand a deep longing to have connection and want to be part of a group? I try, but I end up getting cantankerous and leave early. Every time. I don’t connect with people and I’m starting to feel like I’d rather be alone with my old dog.

  4. This is a strange one for me, as a lot of those things ring true but aren’t so black and white… I don’t tend to get mad at other drivers unless its something I’ve deemed they have done on purpose.. i’m cool with human error if it hasn’t caused any serious issue.

    I have no problems making friends im very chatty and open and people tend to like me but I then at some point tend to begin to dislike them if they are living up to how I expect them to be… whether they say or do something I don’t feel is right.. bigotry etc or if they aren’t showing me the same love im showing them.

    I will stop and help any stranger in need… so my dislike for people isn’t based on them being a person but more on what kind of person they turn out to be.

    I’m very compassionate,empathetic etc but I will not sugar coat an opinion if I believe it is for that persons best even if its not what they want to hear… I usually end up apologizing if I feel ive hurt their feelings but I still make it clear I believe in everything I said I just didn’t mean for it to hurt.

  5. 6. Don’t have road rage, just dislike bad road manners. In fact dislike bad manners in general.
    10. Not better than other people, just different.
    11. No anxiety, just don’t like people.

    Otherwise from my people watching table for one … Good descriptions.

  6. Myron Hornschwage Reply

    I joined a misanthrope support group once but quit when I realized all the other members were morons and I couldn’t stand them.

  7. Mark Philip Chartrand Reply

    #2 is wrong, It should say “You have (not hate) a deep-seated hatred for Drama”.

  8. Gregg Marshall Reply

    Re Number 1, misanthropes only believe they are more sensible than other people. They are just as nonsensical.

  9. I am all of those things. I however love children and am sad that they are going to grow up to be fakes, because of other humans they want to be accepted by. Children are the only pure thing about humans. Even if they lie it is not in most cases with malice. They can be very hurtful to one another, but in most instances its because they want to be accepted as all humans do and I believe this is where misanthropy originates. We are not accepted for what we are.

    Blacks want to be accepted and gays, but I really think that the misanthrope is one of the most misunderstood classes that has ever been put on this earth. Of course we want a relationship, but because we expect our counterpart to just love us without reserve, we in most cases lose out, because they just can’t handle our blunt honesty, but our honesty is not just put on them it is also put on ourselves.

    We know what we are. We are human and we hate that we have all of this crap floating around in our heads and deal with it head on whereas most people lie to themselves and to each other and leave all the crap splattered on whoever they destroy with their lying. I gave up years ago on trying to find the right person and hoped my children would at least understand me a little and even they don’t want to have anything to do with me anymore.

    Misanthropy is a lonely life and not because we want it that way, but because other humans have shunned us for who we are. I don’t hate other people I hate the selfishness that inhabits their minds and the inability to be honest about who they really are. I hate the hatefulness and arrogance that most allow themselves. If humans were like any other animal I couldn’t hate them, but we are the only creature who premeditates. Animals kill and hurt out of necessity and humans kill and hurt out of selfishness and greed.

    All I ever wanted was a person to be completely honest with me, no matter how much it may have hurt me and all they ever wanted was for me to lie to them, so they could feel better about the hurtful things they allow themselves. That is the sum of misanthropy.

  10. The Writer Reply

    5. I don’t hate children. I hate heathens who act terribly in public. And I hate their parents for not teaching them the difference.

    6. Not road rage, per se. I just hate people who don’t know how to drive. I hate people who don’t use the turn signal. I hate people who drive like morons. And I hate people who drive 10 in the 30.

    9. Just because I domt like people doesn’t mean I domt want love. I just don’t want to be hurt.

    10. Not really “better”, exactly. Just different.

    12. I know how an event will unfold before most “normal” people. As well as how to solve an issue quickly. It amuses me to see humans squirm under pressure. To see a situation blow up when the answer is so painfully obvious. Especially when it’s their fault.

    I’ll defend someone if they’re being treated wrongfully. But I don’t see the need to go out of my way to help random people. Nine times out of ten, it’s met with disgust. So why bother?

  11. I think and alwAys have that this was me now if I could just meet someone else’s just like this week probably get along just great

  12. Nothing wrong with being a “misanthrope. I learned the hard way not to trust people. Vietnam, the Press, the
    Government and most of all my own fellow citizens. Spitting at and on us. Throwing dog crap in paper bags at us. Waving North Vietnamese flags on military installations with no repercussions. Shouting how we should have died in Vietnam. Yes, absolutely and proudly MISANTHROPIC.

  13. 9 out of 12
    I’m hating mankind in general more than ever before. The whole species has been bamboozled by virologists on their media. Wow!
    I don’t actually hate children, really feel bad about what their future is going to be like and part of what fuels my displeasure with the hairless apes and their FEAR cult
    Road rage. I don’t know, might just be atl traffuck…??? Nah who am I kidding I hate everyone else on the road!!!
    I remember being described growing up as being really intelligent, but honestly I don’t think I am all that smart. Just everyone around is retarded.
    After forty years of this stupid shit all I’ve learned is mankind is worthless and a barrier to my will. I call out to my ancestors damning their names for bringing me to this ball of fucks away from the darkness and warmth of disincarnation

  14. Common sense Reply

    I’m most certainly a misanthrope and the fact I am has very little to do with me, unlike what this article suggests. If one can manage to purely objectively and rationally observe the humanity as a whole, there isn’t much to love or be proud of. We are self serving, selfish and destructive creatures who would sacrifize anything for our own comfort. We destroy the nature, we have the nerve to own land which we didn’t create, we kill other species and each other, we hate each other based on our differences, we are greedy, vain, power hungry and suffer from severe god complexes. And we are also self-adoring and delusional enough to be blind for all of these flaws and find a perfect excuse to believe we are entitled to everything. Humans only care about humans. And sadly for humans, we are stupid enough to believe that we know best. But we don’t. Every generation leaves an uglier, less safe and dirtier planet to the next. We will destroy ourselves just we did the rest of this world. And when we do, the world will be a better place.

  15. andy the gardener Reply

    interesting. i am andy the gardener, one of the best known ‘eco nazi’ misanthropes on youtube. i dont just hate humans, i believe, with total justification, that humans, or at least industrial civilization, which is the main problem, and the humans composing it, should be eradicated to save whats left of the priceless biosphere from its deprivations. my reasoning is the humans will die off when the oil runs out anyway so we might as well kill them all off with emps before that, so as to limit the damage they do. we would of course need to deactivate the 450 nuclear power stations and other lethal infrastructure that humans wisely built. the least humans could do right now, after destroying the great barrier reef, the arctic, most of the tropical forests, etc, is to kill themselves off in shame. humans are really not special. just hideous irrational predatory monkeys. a failed evolutionary experiment. in spite of having knowledge and ability, they have done nothing about anything of importance. their answer to global warming is lies; lets build millions of windmills, solar panals and ecars and just carry on as normal. not end capitalism , stop converting everywhere to food factory and reduce the human population to a few million as any decent species would. you mention driving without irony, seemingly unaware it is one of the most despicable and damning things about humans; other than having kids, taking holidays to benidorm on the easyjets and all the other endlessly shitty things they do. its very difficult to like humans if you have an iota of situational awarness about the increasingly dire state of the planet (so that excludes about 99.99% of the humans), and that the biosphere is now pretty much fucked (id call a mass extinction event ‘fucked’); and all because of a plague of 8 billion unrepentant useless breeding and consuming retards. liking humans would seem completely insane under the circumstances. much like defending jimmy saville after the truth came out. or cancer. humans are beneath contempt. they are the worse thing in the world. they have failed on every level that matters. i dont actually dislike children more than adults although they are annoying like you say. the most despicable thing about them is they shouldnt really exist anymore because there are nearly 8 billion humans already, which is about 100x over true carrying capacity. the comically insane size of the human population is why humans have replaced 99% of terrestrial vertebrates and are working on replacing the whole biosphere with the technosphere (lets hope some well meaning boffin doesnt invent nuclear fusion so as to allow 100 billion more humans to survive and presumably spew upwards into space or something). human babies are the ultimate cause of all the worlds problems. nobody should have been allowed to have any babies since about 1970 when the limits to growth came out. anyway, i hope i have explained why misanthropism the only reasonable intellectual position. the only ones to disagree would be humans i guess, as they fuck and eat to oblivion. at least there is one good thing about humans. in embracing and cheering on all their despicable and unquestioned wormy instinctual mandates and behaviours, they are self terminating, like all cancers.

  16. A misanthrope, to put it simply, is someone who is too naive to have come to the realization: “I am an asshole too.” 🙂 Once they learn that, and come to understand their own failures, weaknesses and biases, then they will be more patient with others, and cease to be a misanthrope.

    • I understand my own failures and weaknesses I don’t want them to get in the way of other people so I tend to stay alone

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