Peter Pan Syndrome
- 24 Jun 2021
- 3 min read
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Recently, a special court in Mumbai granted bail to an accused of sexually assaulting a minor as he was suffering from Peter Pan Syndrome (PPS).
- A syndrome is a combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.
- PPS is a psychological condition that is used to describe an adult who is socially immature.
- People who develop similar behaviours of living life carefree, finding responsibilities challenging in adulthood, and basically never growing up suffer from PPS.
- The term was coined by psychologist Dan Kiley to explain the behaviour of such men who ‘refuse to grow’ and behave their age in 1983.
- Dan Kiley got the idea of PPS after noticing Peter Pan, a fictional character created by Scottish novelist James Matthew Barrie.
- Peter Pan was a care-free young boy, who never grew up.
- While the WHO (World Health Organization) does not recognise Peter Pan Syndrome as a health disorder, many experts believe it is a mental health condition that can affect one’s quality of life.
- PPS hasn’t officially been diagnosed as a health disorder, there are no clearly-defined symptoms or characteristics or even reasons which cause it.
- However, it could affect one’s daily routine, relationships, work ethic, and result in attitudinal changes.
- People Affected:
- It can affect anyone, irrespective of gender, race or culture. However, it appears to be more common among men.
- It affects people who do not want or feel unable to grow up, people with the body of an adult but the mind of a child.
- They don’t know how to or don’t want to stop being children and start being mothers or fathers.
- It is not currently considered a psychopathology. However, a large number of adults are presenting emotionally immature behaviors in Western society.
- Psychopathology is a term which refers to either the study of mental illness or mental distress or the manifestation of behaviours and experiences which may be indicative of mental illness or psychological impairment.
- The Psychologist who defined PPS also used the term Wendy Syndrome (WS) to describe women who act like mothers with their partners or people close to them.
- People suffering from WS are often seen making decisions, tidying up messes, and offering one-sided emotional support.