Peter Pan syndrome


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Any clinical complex named for the ‘boy who wouldn’t grow up’
Endocrinology A state of physical immaturity due to a hypothalamic defect with underdeveloped sexual characteristics
Psychology A fanciful term for a state of unconscious postponement of maturity, characterised by magical thinking, narcissism and chauvinism

Peter Pan syndrome

Any condition named for the 'boy who would not grow up' Endocrinology Physical immaturity due to a hypothalamic defect with underdeveloped 2º sexual characteristics occurring in ♂ children with microphalus and ↓ height

Peter Pan syndrome

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The reluctance of an adult to adopt traditional male adult behavior.
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Peter Pan syndrome, according to Richie Rosales Parr, who teaches Psychology at De La Salle UniversityManila, is a concept in pop psychology to refer to someone who is socially immature or someone who refuses to grow up.
The churches need to move from charity-oriented mission to justice-oriented mission by overcoming the religious Peter Pan syndrome.
If you answered mainly A: be careful, you are suffering from Peter Pan syndrome.
Allan Gurganus and Felice Picano are two especially wise and witty commentators, and Dennis Cooper's chronic Peter Pan syndrome makes for good reading.
More improbably, Tripp's best buddies, tech geek Ace (Justin Bartha) and world traveler Demo (Bradley Cooper), are also live-at-home examples of this Peter Pan syndrome.
Also, I'm afraid I have to tell you that one of the players has the Peter Pan syndrome.
This pious campaign to ban smoking from public places is also part of the Peter Pan syndrome.
He's a classic Peter Pan syndrome womanizer who fears commitment.
Garry Essendine, the bad-boy hero of Noel Coward's ``Present Laughter,'' is a good example of what today we'd call the Peter Pan syndrome.