What’s neoteny? It’s that strange natural process by which certain animals–tiger salamanders, for instance–remain forever in their larval forms. So “psychological neoteny” in humans would describe how some people never grow up.
Here’s what Charlton concluded:
“In conclusion, it seems likely that psychological neoteny is increasing mainly as a consequences of the increasing percentage of school leavers going into higher education.”
In other words, college keeps many of its students from attaining psychological maturity.
Does that describe what we’re seeing in our colleges today, or what?