I have a good friend whom refers to certain people as Decepticons. What in the world does that mean? What kind of people? How can he judge? What right does anyone have to judge another? Let’s look closer. The term comes from a Japanese-American media franchise. From everything to TV, books, comics, toys, and more, many have seen a movie, or know of the story of Optimus Prime. However let’s look more deeply.

Decepticons as defined by Wikipedia is The Decepticons are a fictional faction of sentient mechanical self-configuring modular robotic lifeforms from the planet Cybertron led by Megatron, and are the main antagonists in the fictional universes of the Transformers franchise and related comics and cartoons. Even the term has a meaning in Urban dictionary as, The opposite of a Nerdfighter. A Decepticon is someone that is made of suck: A typical popular person.

Wow. Those are completely different, but regardless the way that my friend describes a decepticon is the type of person that will smile to your face, then find the weak-spot to stab you in the back. He is keenly aware of these type of people because where he is from you couldn’t trust anyone. I understand his sentiment. The fact is that we go through the world in a way that we judge others around us regardless of truth.

The Truth: Everyone has some “good” in them, if you just look from the right perspective. That being the case we are not talking about the morally good people. We’re talking about those whom you don’t know, the ones who will turn on you, and end up in betrayal. The fact that even Dante’s Inferno reserved the lowest circle for Judas Iscariot and betrayers like him does say something about how Dante felt about betrayal.

Julius Caesar was betrayed by his three closest allies, and felt the sting of a blade in his back from his closest. Many of those in positions of power are people who live in a world of Decepticons at all fronts.  They are in a game that comes with word choices, and teases, power plays and switches. Masked players continue to play a socialite game of thrones, and attempt to usurp another. Think of being on guard all day, every day.

Whether you’re involved in this socialite game because of your social standing, or because you’re involved in crime, or because just being social comes with this kind of game; you are playing among the Decepticons.  Now we covered the meaning, lets further the question how to know.

In the case of the popular franchise they are clearly defined by their behaviors. As well as a symbol that is on each of the robotic entities. Autobots versus Decepticons, but the truth for humanity is complex and not in any white versus black definition. This can be unclear and hazy when it comes to individuals. The truth of people is that we change, and grow. We become different overtime, and sometimes those differences can become a way of breaking two individuals apart.

Time can change people so much that betrayals can happen easier. It’s not always intentional but the truth is betrayal is betrayal and many know it’s sting. Why does this happen? How can people be so callous and cold? The truth again in many cases is people grow different ways. The other truth is that there will always be deception. We don’t live in a world of perfect truth and an upheld version of it.

We live in a world where lies and manipulation is how we get by. Often it’s the case of the socialite game is one of manipulation and deception for personal motivations. It will always be for the personal motivations. That is the case of betrayal in each and every case. Their personal motivation outweighs your emotions, feelings, or trust. This decision can be for the greater good, or it can be for selfish and horrible reasons. Look at the founding fathers of the United States, they betrayed the King by attempting treason. This created a greater change, where for Benedict Arnold who betrayed the same men to the King was treated with severe punishment.

So, how to distinguish a Decepticon from anyone else?  One of the most difficult thing to do is to know the differences between people. We classify people within categories but they are not confined into boxes of classifications. They are individuals with different thoughts, feelings, and motivations. You can’t judge one by another but we do it anyways because it’s part of our survival instinct.

We don’t want to be around something dangerous so we are on the lookout for it. We don’t want to be around a group that doesn’t think like we do so we avoid those who are of opposite mindsets. We continually need this. We continually do this, and will do it. That isn’t actually the problem people have. It’s when you act on your assumptions. But getting back to the Decepticon. You can not tell the difference in most.

What?! I say again, you can’t tell the difference in most Decepticons. The reason again being that most deception and betrayals happen because a deviation from one to another. However, this will happen, what about those who do it all the time? Those who always are selfish Decepticons? They are easier to spot.

The ultra-Decepticon is a masterful player. More often females can be “ultra-Decepticon”, but that doesn’t discount the males either. The “alpha” male, or the “gold-digger” female are often the types of this, but the fact that both sexes have Decepticons is the truth. If someone is appearing confident in one way, then immediately seeks approval for their behaviors, is a flag of Decepticon.

You will not be able to point the unbiased direct finger at anyone in particular and know for fact they are a Decepticon. You can’t be certain. Even if you are you don’t know their motivations. Even if you know their motivation, you can’t judge them as you yourself is flawed. Walk your own road. However, if you’re looking for Decepticons and wanting the help to avoid them, look for the flag warnings.

  • Exaggerates own importance
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence or ideal romance
  • Believes he or she is special and can only be understood by other special people or institutions
  • Requires constant attention and admiration from others
  • Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
  • Takes advantage of others to reach his or her own goals
  • Disregards the feelings of others, lacks empathy
  • Is often envious of others or believes other people are envious of him or her
  • Shows arrogant behaviors and attitudes

These are also signs for Narcissistic behavior but the truth is that the NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) is a Decepticon. They are the ones who have no idea that others exist in a frame of thoughts, feelings, or action. They don’t regard others with a sense of consideration. A sociopath is another classic example of Decepticon, in fact sociopathy is perfect Decepticon behavior as it disregards anything other than their own motivation. They even deceive others to a regard of usability. Either you’re useful, or you’re not.

The world is full of people and you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. You need time to get to see people for who they are. Over that time, it’s flag warnings that tell us how to proceed. It’s even then, that most of the betrayal is just life, a change of direction. You can’t fault a tree for growing a separate branch, anymore than you can blame the river for having a split.

Being more aware of others, being more considerate and seeing reactions are better and more accurate ways to see the warning signs. You can always try, but the truth is that we are all individuals with our own choices, and our own values. We have our own motivations, and our own drives. What will inevitably happen is someone makes a different choice than you. This is not Decepticon behavior, it’s human.

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