Superman Syndrome

A term with multiple ad hoc definitions based on Superman’s super powers. Superman syndrome has been applied to
(1) A person who refuses to acknowledge the need for physical rest—a workaholic
(2) A person who is temporarily not in control of his mental faculties—e.g., drunk—who challenges all takers to a fight, believing he is invincible
(3) A person—e.g., a husband—who does everything he can to provide for his family and those to whom he feels responsible
(4) A person described in the book of the same name by Robert Kamm as someone with ' inability or unwillingness to throw the off-switch... whether on a cell phone, the computer, or in our own brains'—an Everywhere man; and most irreverently,

(5) A person who disappears whenever possible without anyone noticing—a Nowhere man
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Any UK politician would be destroyed by his wrongdoings, but for the US leader, it merely adds to his Superman Syndrome.
The film fails to give this notion a satisfactory payoff, as she essentially becomes both omnipresent and omniscient without any emotional depth or conflict to get the audience invested in her character.Even worse, and certainly the most potent flaw in the movie, is that she suffers badly from 'Superman Syndrome'.
In the insurance industry, this used to be known as 'The Superman Syndrome'.
Kamm, author of The Superman Syndrome: Why the information Age Threatens Your Future and What You Can Do About It (2000, 1st Books Library) decries a business culture of "blurred boundaries and vanished time...
Author of Superman Syndrome (1st Books Library, $26.47), Robert H.
We might call it the Superman Syndrome. Nobody expects failure from a man who never fails.