How to Recognize a Sociopath and a Psychopath Before It’s Too Late?

Eric Stone
6 min readMay 22, 2023

Recognizing and navigating the world of malicious personalities to protect ourselves from their destructive influence.

Four Pathological Human Archetypes

In my long journey as a performance coach and mentor, I have met a variety of incredible human beings. People who embody positive qualities and values that contribute greatly to the betterment of themselves and the world around them.

On the other hand, I have encountered many “other” individuals who displayed quite the opposite. For this article, I wanted to focus on human beings who consistently exhibit harmful, malicious, and morally reprehensible behavior. Beings that are somehow possessed by incredibly damaging personalities and yet roam around freely without hardly being noticed.

There are ways to identify these beings so as to not get caught in their web of deceit. They are rampant in our societies and create enormous suffering.

4 clear types of vile and revolting individuals

Some of them are mentally ill and imbalanced, while others don’t present symptoms of serious mental health issues. I organized them into archetypes. I trust this will help you identify them so you can take drastic measures…



Eric Stone

In personal growth & development, great outcomes come from authentic shifts in perspective! These essays aim to catalyze awareness and empower creative thinking