Puer aeternus and cultural radicalism

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The puer aeternus (Peter Pan) syndrome denotes a form of mother complex. Daryl Sharp says:

The puer typically leads a provisional life, due to the fear of being caught in a situation from which it might not be possible to escape. His lot is seldom what he really wants and one day he will do something about it--but not just yet. Plans for the future slip away in fantasies of what will be, what could be, while no decisive action is taken to change. He covets independence and freedom, chafes at boundaries and limits, and tends to find any restriction intolerable [...] Common symptoms of puer psychology are dreams of imprisonment and similar imagery: chains, bars, cages, entrapment, bondage. Life itself, existential reality, is experienced as a prison. The bars are unconscious ties to the unfettered world of early life. (Sharp, "Jung Lexicon")​

Of course, this feeling of being fettered is what characterizes today's ideological mindset. Leftists, feminists, and black "liberation" groups claim that they are circumscribed by the structures of society, created by the oppressing White Patriarcate (symbolic of the demanding father-figure). The demands of adult life can indeed be hard to endure, especially in times of economical hardship. But if an ideology is created out of this youthful concept, then society is bound to churn out a multitude of alienated people each year. It is imperative that this ongoing epidemic is better understood. I recommend M-L von Franz "The Problem of the Puer Aeternus" (2000).

M. Winther
The Puer Aeternus - underminer of civilization
 

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