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Peter Pan Syndrome: Never Want To Grow Up Disorder

Updated on April 24, 2012

This was something i had never even heard about until i saw it on someone's profile. That got me wondering what is it. And then i did some searching and found the answer.

Peter Pan was a legendary animation character who never grew up and lived in Neverland, where you never grow up. This is where the name Peter Pan Syndrome comes from. Never wanting to grow up. Also known as 'don't want to grow old disorder'.

There are actually many people out there in the world today who have this 'syndrome' and just don't know what to call it. I must admit myself i have it. I never want to grow up. Ever. Yes, i may never be able to things i did as a child like climbing trees or throwing stones and getting away with it because i must grow old, just like Peter's friend, Wendy.

Each time he returned to see Wendy, she grew older and older. Each year that passes, we as humans grow older and older. Time waits for no man and will never stop even though it feels like something is taking forever to pass.

Youth may never be captured again but photos and videos allow one to remember a time when a single frame or shot captured the entire essence of childhood. That first day at school is a shocking beginning to a child who now has to learn to grow up. Some take it badly, others delight in acting all grown up. Some are uncertain about the change but go with the flow.

Peter Pan Syndrome is most common in early teenage years, late twenties, early forties and the much older people from the age of 65 onwards. Yes, other age groups do show a tendency to the 'syndrome' but these are the most common age groups scientists have found.

So is it a serious thing? Perhaps not. Perhaps it's just longing to recapture one's youth. Maybe it is serious as that person becomes immature, unstable and irresponsible like they were as kids. Each case is different and all people are unique. If one in, say five, people have Peter Pan Syndrome, that is a statistic not to be worried about. But when it's every one in people, it may be a serious matter.

I was told to act my age and grow up. Why grow up and forget about moments that matter the most. They say children see things more clearly before their minds are filled with propaganda of the world. I believe that to be true. Just because you are growing old doesn't mean you should grow up. A child's inner child is always there when they need it. Those of us who have Peter Pan Syndrome have our inner child living our dreams.


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      Alanna Pan 5 years ago

      My friends tell me that I can't be Peter Pan, and my mom always says your not a teenager anymore. I am 25 and have pink hair and live my life fun like a teenager. I work, go to school, get good grades, have an apartment, and take good care of my daughter. So the rest of me acts 17. Why does it have to be a syndrome? But if it is, I got it bad! :)

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      advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

      I'm with hypnodude on this one!

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      We become unhappy when we loose our happy thoughts. And without happy thoughts we can't fly. That's the meaning of Peter Pan: you must grow up without loosing your happy thoughts.

      Well done Cisco, great hub. :)

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      CiscoPixie 7 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

      Well Amber, i have no idea myself but i suppose there is a name for it.

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      I wonder what the reverse of this syndrome is as so many children can't wait to grow up.