puer aeternus

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From Latin puer aeternus (eternal boy) (in Ovid, Metamorphoses), after use in German by CG Jung.


puer aeternus (plural pueri aeterni)

  1. (psychology) An archetype of eternal youth; (loosely), a man who remains emotionally childlike. [from 20th c.]
    • 2017, David Friend, The Naughty Nineties:
      Michael Jackson, the self-proclaimed King of Pop, eccentric puer aeternus, and singer-songwriter-dancer-entrepreneur, agrees to an out-of-court settlement in a child-molestation suit, reportedly paying out $20 million to settle one of a series of sex-abuse charges brought against him.


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puer aeternus m (uncountable)

  1. inner child