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Peter Pan Syndrome (PPS)

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Peter Pan Syndrome (PPS):


A person accused of sexually assaulting a minor recently said in a special court in Mumbai that he suffered from “Peter Pan Syndrome”.

  • The court eventually granted bail to the accused based on different grounds.

But, what is Peter Pan syndrome?

The syndrome is named after a 1900s fictional character. Peter Pan is a care-free young boy, who never grows up. The character was created by Scottish novelist James Matthew Barrie.

  • It is said that people who develop similar behaviours — of living life carefree, finding responsibilities challenging in adulthood, and basically, “never growing up” — suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome.

Please note that this syndrome has not been recognised by WHO as a health disorder.

What are the Concerns?

  1. It is seen as a “social-psychological phenomenon”. It is a mental health condition that can affect one’s quality of life.
  2. It could affect one’s daily routine, relationships, work ethic, and result in attitudinal changes.

Who can be affected?

  • It affects people who do not want or feel unable to grow up, people with the body of an adult but the mind of a child. They don’t know how to or don’t want to stop being children and start being mothers or fathers.

The Syndrome can affect anyone, irrespective of gender, race or culture. However, it appears to be more common among men.


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Sources: Indian Express.