The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up by Dan KileyIt is true that the threshold for being considered an adult is lower than ever, and that the world is being inherited by a generation of childish twits who evade responsibility and act like teenagers well into their 40s. While the author was the first to call attention to an important sociological phenomenon, this book is mostly unscientific pop-psychology garbage. Every page drips with the authors narcissistic douchebaggery. I think Kiley wrote this book in his groovy jumpsuit while listening to an 8-track of Marvin Gaye and trying to seduce the wives of his peter-panny patients, because the subtext behind everything he says is, If these peter pans were REAL MEN, like ME...
The Peter Pan Syndrome
In Peter Pan, the eponymous protagonist occupies a mythical placed called Never-Never Land, where children never grow up. While people with Peter Pan syndrome can and do become adults, they are stubbornly resistant to taking on the responsibilities of adulthood and adopting social norms associated with growing older. Peter Pan syndrome, which is sometimes called failure to launch, is not a clinical diagnosis. Indeed, it may apply to a wide range of people and symptoms, from the year-old woman who chooses not to work and instead lives with her mother, to the year-old man who keeps having children for whom he provides little support. Therapy can help people who feel uncomfortable growing up understand the root of their difficulties.
The fact of the matter is, fishing is hard. I have this serious FOMO nagging at me all the time. My dad was always paranoid that it was going to happen in middle school with algebra. I am straight up Peter Pan status at this point. I swear if I watched this movie now I would pretty much be bawling the entire time. Not just with their significant others, but also in their jobs, and their hobbies.
What is Peter Pan Syndrome?
Peter Pan is a cultural figure about a boy who never grows up. He represents the fantasy that most people have at some point about not having to mature and deal with adult responsibilities.
Peter Pan Syndrome got you down? If you're in a relationship with a modern Peter Pan, you may be headed for frustration and disappointment. The relationship may not last long and you'll be scratching your head, wondering what went wrong. What is the Peter Pan Syndrome? While not a diagnosable condition in the DSM, it remains a relevant concept today. You could argue that some men just don't want to grow up, preferring to live in La La Land, just like P eter Pan.