August 23rd, 2008

Psychopathic behaviour

I'm introducing a character in my story who is extremely critical to the plot. He is needed to find a cure for this epidemic, but when they finally track him down they find out that 1. he helped create the epidemic in the first place, and 2. he's a psychopath.

So according to my sister and her psych courses she took in university, psychopaths feel no guilt or remorse, are extremely manipulative, and do things simply for the shock value. Some internet research has helped as well. They know that he is extremely manipulative and impulsive, so they all watch each other's backs around him.

The problem is, other than internet research I don't exactly know how a psychopath would act if he was in a situation like this. Would he milk it and try to scare the other characters as much as possible, would he try to trick them into doing something, or maybe he'd stick to one character only and do both of the above? Any other suggestions are welcome!

Edit: Thanks everyone for answering so quickly! I've really been able to develop this character more thanks to you guys. ^^

p.s. I've seen Dark Knight and read Death Note, and I should have thought of that before, because those are some pretty good examples XD
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Married Women studying at University during the late 1950s/Early 60s in the US

Basically what the title says! - in Northern California specifically.

I seem to recall a movie "Mona Lisa Smile", I think, where it was a rather big plot point that married women couldn't study at University.

I have a couple in my story who enter University in 1956 and originally I was going to have them get married in 1958, when they're half way through their studies. I started wondering how feasible that would be financially and then I remembered that movie and wondered if married women could even continue their studies back then.

Google hasn't proved too helpful here, although I have found out that married women weren't allowed to teach at Universities during this period.

So basically, I'm just trying to find out if that movie was taking liberties with history for the sake of plot, or if it was only specific to certain Universities or if there were exceptions etc.

Edited to add the country (whoops I had to forget something didn't I!)
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