The Peter Pan Syndrome
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William James Maloney
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.
Llewelyn-Davies boys, manipulative, Peter Pan, pneumonia, selfconfidence,
self-pity, Tiger Lily, undependable.
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