I became interested in the ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ many years ago and was prompted to rediscover my fascination with it somewhat recently.
In short, it says this:
“The psychological phenomenon of immaturity among men and women, who, like the fictional character, remain childish and fail to assume appropriate adult social roles and responsibilities”
While I both appreciate and understand that there exist extreme cases within which this pattern of cognition and applied behavior is damaging and prohibitive to the pursuit of a successful life, I can’t help but ask the question…
If the diagnosis for such a disorder is based on comparative societal norms, who exactly is claiming the omniscient capacity to determine that the communal standard of ‘appropriate adult responsibility’ as we’ve come to accept it, is actually right?
I could take the argument that with his panache for child-like play and irregularly designed sleeping habits, Albert Einstein very much fits into this definition and could certain run the risk of being diagnosed as such in our current culture with its seemingly urgent need to classify and medicate those who present as ‘atypical’.
So to could Walt Disney with his immense, unnatural imagination.
Arnold Schwarzenegger with his robust, yet irrational declarations of greatness.
Or Maya Angelou with her stalwart viewpoint on maturity versus aging.
But my objective is not to dip into that particular slant of this discussion; rather, I intend to simply say this…
Guard well against those biased and discriminatory opinions that stem from the narrow-scoped sightline of what you are ‘supposed’ to be.
What you are supposed to do.
How you are supposed to behave.
When you are supposed to achieve or obtain certain things.
The standards or norm need not apply to you if you opt not to adhere by the principle of conformity.
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