The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up
a book by Dan Kiley
(our site's book review)
The Peter Pan Syndrome is a serious social-psychological phenomenon, and it is affecting many American males: hundreds of thousands of boys are refusing to become men. Though they have reached adult age, these guys are unable to face adult feelings and responsibilities.
Will this boy suffer from the Peter Pan Syndrome when he grows up?
This book can help females with irresponsible males in their lives to figure out how they are enabling the male's immaturity and dismissing it as "boys will be boys!" It's through women's awareness of this Peter Pan Syndrome issue, and their willingness to no longer support peter pan behavior, that their males will eventually have a chance to grow up—although they may simply end the relationship and look for other mothering females. As long as they have admiring females around them enabling their "cute" immaturity, they will always be Peter Pans. So unless the man is really serious about changing his peter pan ways, he won't change. This book will help those people trying to understand narcicism and how it manifests itself in adolescents and adults.
This book will help those people trying to understand narcicism and how it manifests itself in adolescents and adults
Dr. Kiley got the idea for "The Peter Pan Syndrome" after noticing that, like the famous character in the James M. Barrie play, many of the troubled teen-age boys he treated had problems growing up and accepting adult responsibilities. After he began work on the book, it dawned on him that the teen-age boys who refused to accept responsibility grew up to become men who refused to accept responsibility.