(The Times) The manchild syndrome
We all know the type. He hits middle age and suddenly he’s Jack-the-lad again. He’s done marriage and divorce. The kids have grown up and gone. He’s got time and money to burn — and he wants to have serious fun. Not for him a slow descent into old codgerdom. Oh, no — he wants to be a Manchild.
And can you blame him? Nobody likes to feel washed up, at least not at 45. Manchild is simply trying to salvage the flotsam of his youth. It’s his last chance for casual clothes and casual sex, his last chance to ride a Harley and score with a racy lady. Who cares if his hairline is receding faster than his glory days? Inside every middle-aged man is a Peter Stringfellow trying to get out. He’s got a wolfish grin and a twinkle in his eye. And he’s whispering: “Go on, my son — drive fast cars, shag fast birds, wear leopardskin thongs. You know it makes sense. You’re only as young as the woman you feel.”
Actor Ben Stiller urges parents with adult kids still living at home to think twice before shaking their manchildren in frustration. Always remember, “Just because they don’t have a life, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to live.”
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