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Huckleberry Finn syndrome

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Huckleberry Finn


(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 

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(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. 

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