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What causes Peter Pan syndrome?

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2015-07-17 17:28:35

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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