Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Welcome to Neverland

From the hundreds of stories and the occasional movie that our children are exposed to each month, it's interesting which stories they take to and enjoy reading (or watching) over and over. One of those stories in our home is Peter Pan. David has been drawn to the title character, and likes to pretend he's Peter Pan, which is fine as long as he doesn't try flying off the top of the stairwell. Julia occasionally wants to be Peter Pan as well, but Nataliya keeps telling her that Peter Pan is a boy (which will probably confuse the heck out of Julia if she ever watches a live version of the story which always has a woman in the title role.) Instead, Julia is taken to the other major character of the movie - Tinkerbell.

In fact, David has already decided who everyone else in the house is. Nataliya is, of course, Wendy. I'm Captain Hook. Bandit (our pet cat) is the crocodile, Tick Tock.

I'm sure there's a psychology thesis tucked into all this! After all, while choosing me to be a major character in his life, by making me Captain Hook, is David telling me that he sees me as his adversary rather than the protective and loving family-man like the Indian Chief? And is there a sort of Oedipus complex thing going on that he would choose Nataliya to be Wendy, rather than the loving and understanding mother, Mrs. Maradeth “Mary” Darling? And why choose this story over another, like Lilo & Stitch where family is stressed above all else? Is it possible that David feels stressed at the idea of being a big boy.

Okay, take it easy - I'm just having fun with this! But... do a Google search for psychology "peter pan" and you'll get some interesting results... For example check out this excerpt from here:

Peter Pan runs away from his past (repression and denial) and blames Captain Hook for all the evils in the world (projection). Peter's own crusade against evil (reaction formation) stems from his superego insecurities. Peter's Shadow represents his paranoiac tendencies and his persecution complex.

Anyway, this blog entry has gone from cute to scary, so I'll just stop now.

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