The problem of the Puer Aeternus

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The problem of the Puer Aeternus by Marie Louise van Franz


T he Latin term puer aeternus means eternal youth. In Jungian psychology, it is used to describe a certain type of man--- charming, affectionate, creative and ever in pursuit of his dreams.

Influencing both men and women, this classic study was originally a series of lectures at the Zurich Jung Institute. She describes men who remain adolescent well into their adult years, generally full of life yet strangely draining to those around them.

I often recommend Puer Aeternus to young men clients who have difficulty taking responsibility, making commitments and who have difficulty standing their ground with women.

Please also read my review of Marie Louise van Franz's book, The Way of the Dream.