The Peter Pan Syndrome
But he's not really saying much that matters. His feelings were often exaggerated, easily provoked, even silly.
When asked what he'd do now after having graduated from college, he paused a little.
Then, he said he'd go back to college and take another bachelor's degree.
Totally unrelated to the first one he took, he said in jest of his next college course, "I'd like to make a difference in the world by studying the oceans and underneath them!"
Then, he sipped his coffee and ate a lot of cake in front of him. At 5'8" and almost 300 lbs., he professed his love for food.
My years of counseling teenagers, university students, young adults, middle-aged or senior men, and couples revealed to me a widespread psychological affliction in our society.
It's a syndrome in our society that's causing a lot of problems in all walks of life.
Clinicians call it the "Peter Pan Syndrome."
You remember the happy-go-lucky character of Disney's Peter Pan, right? That's where the psychological syndrome was named after.
Peter Pan symbolizes everlasting fun and youthfulness. He rejects all things Adult. He avoids growing up vehemently. He wants to remain a boy forever.