Huckleberry Finn syndromeJoe Segen2016-12-07T00:02:05+00:00
Huckleberry Finn syndrome
(1) A popular term for a psychodynamic complex in which the obligations and responsibilities avoided as a child, eventuate into frequent job changes and absenteeism as an adult.
Comment Huckleberry Finn, a character in Mark Twain’s same-named book, famously shirked responsibilities. The syndrome may be a defence mechanism linked to parental rejection, low self-esteem and depression in an otherwise intelligent person.
Synonyms Huck Finn syndrome, truancy syndrome
References en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventures_ of_Huckleberry_Finn
(2) Definition A term that formally dignifies the “syndrome” that affects normal or bright children of mentally retarded or challenged adults.
Reference Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 1985 Summer;15(4):255-68.