Peter Pan Syndrome Analysis

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Everyone has to grow up except Peter Pan. However, grown-up is not completely equal to being an adult. Grown-up is a biological development with the passage of time. Being an adult, which means consciously taking responsibilities, is a mental development. The term “Peter Pan Syndrome” is a psychological disorder where a man who has already reached adult age, however, cannot face to adults’ feelings and responsibilities, just like a child (Kiley 7). These people are afraid of loneliness and responsibilities (University of Granada, “Overprotecting parents can lead children to develop 'Peter Pan Syndrome”). Although Peter Pan, in fact, has such problems, this term properly summarizes the symptoms, which will be analyzed in the following reports.…show more content…
“Loneliness is typically defined by researchers as involving the cognitive awareness of a deficiency in one’s social and personal relationships, and the ensuing affective reactions of sadness, emptiness, or longing” (Asher and Julie 75). Peter Pan easily forgot everything when new journeys had replaced the old ones in his mind, and “Peter had seen many tragedies, but he had forgotten them all” (Barrie 89). However, he never forgets to his mother’s abandonment. The loss of his mother encompasses him with loneliness. To escape from the loneliness, Peter even flew in London before Wendy coming back to her house, and closed the window. He wanted Wendy thought she was barred from her mother out and Wendy, as a mother would stay with Peter in the Neverland forever. Additionally, although Wendy advised Peter to leave the Neverland and she would always accompany him, Peter refused. He is scared of the prospect of duty. For Peter, Leaving Never Land means growing up, and taking responsibility for himself and even others. If he left Never Land, he had to go to school as the lost boys did. Responsibility is the symbol of constraint from Peter’s eyes. Hence, Peter longs to live in the Neverland to do what he wants. Compared with Peter Pan, the people with Peter Pan Syndrome are also frightened of the sense of loneliness and responsibility. First of all, in order to…show more content…
There are two possible explanations why Peter Pan Syndrome is referred to. Firstly, Peter Pan is one of the most famous books in the world. The main character in the book is a boy who never grows up. The patients with Peter Pan Syndrome are yearning for always being a kid, like Peter Pan. Hence, in memory of Peter Pan, people name the psychological disorder as Peter Pan Syndrome. Secondly, some previous studied reported that James Barrie might be attacked by Peter Pan syndrome. Barrier was not more than five feet tall, and he actually had an extremely slight and young face (Fried & Vandereycken 370). His youthful appearance made others suspect whether or not he had such syndrome. However, owing to lack of James’s medical history, this statement cannot be
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