What causes Peter Pan syndrome?
Peter Pan syndrome is not listed in the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and is not recognized by
the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder.
Don't know what has been said before. Peter Pan felt sadly
unable to be accepted by the adult world. As a defense, he rejected
what he perceived to be rejecting him. He would hide whenever
adults would come on the scene so that he would avoid interacting
with them. Adults presented the ongoing threat of the emotional
pain of rejection. Peter was just fearful and insecure with
feelings of inadequacy to an extreme and defended against this thru
avoidance of the potential cause. A fear of failure when
interacting with others that he perceived to be more capable and in
control than he was. Peter Pan syndrome means an overwhelming fear
of failure interacting with those perceived to be more adequate
which is defended against thru avoidance, that is all.
Peter Pan syndrome, a desire to remain young and not face the
responsibilities of youth, is the natural result of anyone who had
a good childhood. The naive security of youth is looked upon fondly
as an ideal state of being. Although the "condition," which is
really just a state of mind, has gained a negative connotation in
quasi-psychological use, it is actually a normal part of the
post-adolescent mindset. If, however, the Peter Pan is to
completely shun adult responsibility to the detriment of happiness
or relationships, he can be said to be a "victim" of this syndrome.
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