When you hear the word psychopath what comes to mind? Do you think, crazy, out of control, a criminal or possibly one of your relatives that drives you nuts? Whenever you read about criminals, they are often referred to as a psychopath. There is a link according to many studies to children becoming a criminal psychopath later in life because of two ‘extreme’ parenting styles. Interviews conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in high security prisons discovered that many of the the convicts had a history of either complete parental neglect or “rigidly controlling, authoritarian parents.” Unfortunately, the two styles do not lend themselves to a happy, productive member of society. The psychopath is actually someone who suffers from a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior. They seem to lack empathy and are manipulative without feeling the least bit of guilt. One of the shocking results of the university’s study was that “all criminal psychopaths had a history of grotesque physical and/or psychological abuse during their childhood.” Why can’t these people who are hurtful to children ever to stopped? The author of the study, Dr. Aina Gullaugen commented: “Without exception, these people have been injured in the company of their caregivers.” Unfortunately, children are trusting and eventually they also learn at the hands of abusers that if they aren’t perfect in every way, they will suffer. Plus, according to Dr. Gullaugen, “many of the descriptions of violent, harmful acts perpetrated upon the children, later resulted in their ruthlessness behavior as an attempt to address that damage but in an inappropriate or negative way.” The average parent is probably somewhere in the middle in their style. They aren’t abusive or neglectful. They make mistakes as we all do. More than half of the prisoners the doctor had studied had been exposed to either neglect or abuse but on an extreme level. They lived in either total neglect or complete control. It is obvious that parents cannot be blamed for everything and there are children who were raised in a terrible environment and still managed not to become a criminal or psychopath. It is also clear that not all bad or reckless behavior can be blamed on parents and their methods. There are children who become adults who gravitate towards that lifestyle. Anyone who has perused the Good Gus series knows that there was no character who was a psychopath. The series is available on Kindle worldwide. In “Misplaced Trust” there may be a few characters who were borderline psychopaths. The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.