The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

The Peter Pan Syndrome

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 152-155 (4)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010029

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As a child, James M. Barrie was deeply affected by the death of his thirteen year-old older brother. Barrie developed into a very successful and celebrated author. In 1904, Peter Pan first appeared as a play and, subsequently, as a novel seven years later. Barrie celebrated the freedom and joys of childhood in his masterpiece. Peter Pan Syndrome refers to individuals, mainly males, who have experienced an abnormal psychological halt to the maturation process of their personality traits. These individuals lack self-confidence, avoid long-term relationships, cannot make commitments, and usually do not honor their promises.

Keywords: Llewelyn-Davies boys, manipulative, Peter Pan, pneumonia, selfconfidence, self-pity, Tiger Lily, undependable.

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