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“Hey, you should meet my friend,” your co-worker says as she beckons a woman to come over.

An eerie emanation of evil envelopes the environment as she enters.

Shudder.

“Hello,” she says with a seemingly friendly smile, but the depths of your subconscious – tossing and turning in uneasiness at the pit of your stomach  – signals that she’s the devil incarnate in ripped jeans and stilettos.

She offers a hand for you to shake, but seeing as you can’t rationally justify yelling that you rebuke her in the name of Jesus while clutching an obnoxiously large wooden cross, you grudgingly oblige.

Sound familiar?

Maybe it’s just me, but I definitely believe that bad people – evil, malevolent company – carry villainous vibes around them. If you’re perceptive enough, you’ll spot ‘em before they poison your life. But if you’re too oblivious, you could be lunchin’ with Lucifer and not even know it.

What – exactly – are these mischief makers emanating that makes the intuitive among us feel all out of sorts? Is it a dark aura that sweeps the room with a gloomy chill? Is it an energy field that electrifies the environment with evil electrons? Theorizing with my friends, here’s what we decided:

“God is sending us warning signals, omens, intuitive pangs – whatever you want to call it – as a way of saying ‘This is a troublemaker! Run!’”

“Nah. That horrendous wave of unease that we feel, even though we just met the person, is a gaggle of ghosts who like to latch on to evil earthlings to get a front row seat to all the devilish drama,” another added.

“All that spiritual stuff ain’t right,” a third chimed in. “I just think it’s our survival instincts kicking in. Danger has a sound, it has a feeling. I can’t describe it, but it does! Like an antelope perking its ears at the very presence of a lion, we’ve got a sixth sense that sets off alarms when someone is a little off.”

I believe we all have an aura of energy that surrounds us. Everything we do in life – bad or good – is collected into that energy and “stored,” so to speak. So if you have a thang for being messy and wreaking havoc on other’s lives, the “stench” of your bad intentions sticks on you like mud on a cliff.

And when someone perceptive meets someone like this, all they want to do is run and run fast. They don’t know why, and they can’t explain it, but there’s this overwhelming urge to keep this person they just met at arm’s length.

I’ve had this happen to me a few times, that inexplicable feeling of dread after meeting someone new, but I could never bring myself to justify distancing myself from them because of a “feeling.” But each and every one of those people that gave me that “feeling,” without fail, morphed into a poisonous presence in my life, whether they were b-tchy bosses, cruel coworkers, fake friends, or serpentine strangers.

Who knows if it’s a gaggle of ghosts, a sign from the divine, or an energy field, but if someone is radiating a repugnant aura, chances are high they have ill intentions towards you, whether it’s a used car salesman trying to sell you a clunker or a new “friend” in the group who has a little trouble up her sleeve.

The more you surround yourself with people who enliven your spirits and uplift you — those with “good vibes” — the happier your life will be. But if you ignore your intuition and allow yourself to be swallowed by all the bad vibes – well – be prepared to get lost in their maze of misery.

What about you? Have you ever experienced bad vibes when meeting someone new?

Kimberly Gedeon is a content creator with nearly 2,000 professional articles published online about everything from beauty and business to social issues and pop culture. Say hello to her on Twitter @sweetenedcafe or Instagram @kimmiexsweetie. She doesn’t bite … much.

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