Continued thoughts on Nice Guy Syndrome

I recently wrote a post about Harold Lauder, a character from Stephen King's¬†The Stand. I mentioned that Harold has a thing called "Nice Guy Syndrome."One criticism of that post came from a man who complained, "Can't be nice, can't be a jerk! It's tough being a male!"I'm truly sorry if anyone else got the vibe from my last post that I don't like nice guys. That wasn't my intent. In fact, I love nice guys. I'm dating one. I appreciate any man who goes out of his way to be kind to others. I am … [Read more...]

The Stand and Nice Guy Syndrome

One of my favorite books of all time is Stephen King's The Stand, an epic tale in which 99% of the human race is killed by a super-flu. The story follows the survivors, as they fight to make their way in a post-apocalyptic world.My favorite character in the book (and one of my favorite female literary characters of all time) is Frannie Goldsmith, a strong,¬†pregnant, college-aged woman who loses everyone she knows to the super-flu- everyone, that is, except her best friend's brother, Harold … [Read more...]


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