The Puer Aeternus - underminer of civilization

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Abstract: The puer aeternus (eternal youth) is an archetypal image of mythology. It also denotes a neurotic condition during which the maturational process is arrested. It depends on an incapability of taking root in life. In the present era the condition has reached epidemic proportions. In order to understand present-day societal and political changes, it is necessary to get a grasp of the "Peter Pan syndrome", well-known to psychotherapists. Not only is it a tragedy to the individual who risks throwing away his life--psychological rootlessness poses a threat to our civilization.

Keywords: Peter Pan, The Little Prince, M-L von Franz, infantilism, Islamic State (IS), terror, cultural dissolution.

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The Puer Aeternus - underminer of civilization. By Mats Winther

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