10 signs you have Peter Pan Syndrome

Recovering from the Peter Pan Syndrome


  1. They don’t like to continue conversations about adult topics.
  2. They live in a dream world with loads of ideas and little or no action ever evolving.
  3. They act like the jester or the clown at social events, trying to dodge any adult talk about feelings, growth and their own evolution.
  4. They still rely on others, especially parents, to help them make all their decisions.
  5. He or she acts like a narcissist, and is self centered.
  6. He loves hanging around with the lost boys a little too much.
  7. He likes Tinkerbell’s fairy dust and is addicted to substances.
  8. They make light of everything to the point of annoyance and never deliver.
  9. They are unemployed and can’t hold down a steady job and blame it on bad breaks.
  10. Fear of commitment. Staying undecided and always in limbo is a sure sign of a Pan

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Over-controlling parents who shelter their children far too much may have kids who want to stay in a child-hood state of immaturity. Recovering from the Peter Pan Syndrome requires one to not only grow up, but to take responsibility for themselves and others they care for. It requires getting your head out of Neverland and into the real world that requires contribution, effort and maturity. Peter Pan syndrome is a pop psychology term in addiction treatment referring to someone, usually a man, who does not want to enter adult life.

Although it can affect both sexes, it appears more often among men. We don’t want to be gender bias. We do see almost an equal gender split of Peter Pan syndrome sufferers in our wellness and drug rehabilitation center these days. They are those adult folks, who have the body of an adult but the mind of a child. Recovering from the Peter Pan Syndrome is not always easy. It requires awareness of the issue first and foremost. The syndrome means he or she does not want to work, take any responsibilities, and wants everyone around them to support his lifestyle.

They don’t want to stop being children and start being mothers or fathers. Recovering from the Peter Pan Syndrome requires acceptance of the symptomology at some point, so that new action can be taken. Grown men playing games, video games, and being the fun and life of the party can be very endearing at first, even lovable. But many woman and partners tend to leave these kinds of partners as the consequences of the child-like behaviours start to surface. When the fun and games wear thin through the course of life’s real demands and issues, people tend to move on in search of a more grounded and mature partner.

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Published by Mark L Lockwood

Mark L Lockwood (BA)(Hons)(psy) teaches spiritual transformation and is the founder of Contemplative Intelligence. Author of The Power of Contemplative Intelligence, Autotherapy and Recovery Magic. Our work is about the science of finding your spiritual self.

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