Peter Pan syndrome


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Peter Pan syndrome

A psychological state or condition in which a grown person cannot or refuses to act like an adult; a stubborn and persistent immaturity found in an adult person. I seem cursed to only find men who have some damned Peter Pan syndrome. I'm tired of going out with guys who act like children!
See also: pan, peter, syndrome
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Transforming the church requires overcoming a "religious Peter Pan syndrome," changing their perspective of human being, of the world and God, taking responsibility for the world, and continuously being self-critical to become mature.
The churches need to move from charity-oriented mission to justice-oriented mission by overcoming the religious Peter Pan syndrome.
The 13-year-old has a brain condition so rare only 20 other people in the UK have itHe has craniopharyngioma, known as the Peter Pan syndrome, which prevents kids from growing up without the use of hormone tablets .
Stephen was just seven when doctors diagnosed him with 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.
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.
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.
It would be hip of me to say that he has grown up, that he has ended the Peter Pan Syndrome.