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==Peter Pan syndrome==
{{see also|Boomerang Generation}}
Peter Pan syndrome is the [[pop-psychology]] concept of an adult (usually male<ref>{{cite news|author=Various materials compiled from University of Granada|accessdate=12 September 2012|title=Overprotecting Parents Can Lead Children To Develop 'Peter Pan Syndrome'|journal=ScienceDaily|date=May 3, 2007|url=http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/05/070501112023.htm}}</ref>) who is socially immature. The category is an informal one invoked by laypeople and some psychology professionals in popular psychology. It is not listed in the ''[[Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders]],'' and is not recognized by the [[American Psychiatric Association]] as a specific [[mental disorder]].
 
Dr. Dan Kiley popularized the Peter Pan syndrome in his 1983 book, ''The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up'';<ref>{{cite book|title=The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up|author=Kiley, Dr. Dan|publisher= Avon Books|year=1983|isbn= 978-0380688906 }}</ref> his next book, ''The Wendy Dilemma'' (1984), advises women romantically involved with "Peter Pans" how to improve their relationships.<ref>{{cite book|title=The Wendy Dilemma: When Women Stop Mothering Their Men|author=Kiley, Dr. Dan|publisher=Arbor House Publishing|year=1984|asin=B000O6BTHI|isbn=9780877956259}}</ref>
 
An example of the Peter Pan syndrome is used in [[Aldous Huxley|Aldous Huxley's]] 1962 novel ''[[Island (Huxley novel)|Island]]''. In it, one of the characters talks about male "dangerous delinquents" and "power-loving troublemakers" who are "Peter Pans". These types of males were "boys who can't read, won't learn, don't get on with anyone, and finally turn to the more violent forms of delinquency.", and heHe uses Adolf Hitler as an archetype of this phenomenon:<ref>{{cite book|last1=Huxley|first1=Aldous|title=Island|date=1962|publisher=Perennial|location=New York|isbn=0-06-008549-5|pages=184–185|edition=1st Perennial classics ed.}}</ref>
 
{{Quote|text=A Peter Pan if ever there was one. Hopeless at school. Incapable either of competing or co- operating. Envying all the normally successful boys—and, because he envied, hating them and, to make himself feel better, despising them as inferior beings. Then came the time for puberty. But Adolf was sexually backward. Other boys made advances to girls, and the girls responded. Adolf was too shy, too uncertain of his manhood. And all the time incapable of steady work, at home only in the compensatory Other World of his fancy. There, at the very least, he was Michelangelo. Here, unfortunately, he couldn't draw. His only gifts were hatred, low cunning, a set of indefatigable vocal cords and a talent for nonstop talking at the top of his voice from the depths of his Peter-Panic paranoia. Thirty or forty million deaths and heaven knows how many billions of dollars—that was the price the world had to pay for little Adolf's retarded maturation.|sign=[[Aldous Huxley]]|source=''[[Island (Huxley novel)|Island]]''}}