If you’re a chemist and you make a crucial discovery, chances are they’ll name the particle or compound after you. But psychologists have always had a liberal arts flair when it comes to their discoveries. Serious psychoanalysts like Sigmund Freud and pop psychologists alike have used fictional characters from their favorite stories to describe all sorts of mental conditions. Here are 15 of those literary psych disorders. You’ll probably grow out of that Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan syndrome, but if you’re suffering from Rapunzel syndrome, please: see a doctor.
1. HUCKLEBERRY FINN SYNDROME Huckleberry Finn syndrome is sometimes used as a loose term for childhood truancy—think unruly kids “going out on the raft to go fishing,” or, perhaps more likely these days, kids staying in to play video games. But it also appears in books as a psychodynamic complex. In The Dictionary of Modern Medicine, J.C. Segen explains that it often begins as youthful rebellion but evolves into “frequent job changes and absenteeism as an adult.” It’s thought to be a response to parental rejection, or deep-set feelings of inferiority and depression.
2. OTHELLO SYNDROME In 1955, John Todd and Kenneth Dewhurst published a paper detailing the so-called “Othello syndrome.” This Shakespearean moniker referred to “a dangerous form of psychosis … [whose] central theme consists in a delusional belief in infidelity of the spouse.” …15 Psychological Conditions Named After Literary Characters | Mental Floss