Catcher in the Rye: Psychological Profile

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Psychological Profile: Holden Caulfield
Part One:
The patient is Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old teenage boy. Caulfield's appearance is tall for his age and surprisingly has quite a few gray hairs at the age of sixteen. Holden comes from an upper-middle class family. His family has enough money to support Holden with many luxuries including skates and expensive suitcases. It appears that Mr. and Mrs. Caulfield aren't there to talk, care, and be there for Holden, which seems to drive Holden away from his family. However, he has an intimate bond with his younger siblings, who embody innocence and youth. The death of his brother Allie has left a large scar on Holden. He has a cherished and intimate relationship with his young
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I knew it wasn't too important, but it made me sad anyway" (Salinger 114). Holden constantly looks at world around him and becomes depressed by any hint of the real world and him stepping into it.

Part Three: The general public and people that don't know Holden Caulfield perceive him to be a youth at heart, but also a consistent and chronic liar. Holden appears to be youthful and childish to people that are meeting Holden for the first time. However with his youthful appearance, he makes a habit of being a chronic liar. One example of his chronic lying is his encounter with the prostitute, Sunny. When he meets her, he immediately lies to her by telling her that he is Jim Steele and is twenty-two years old: "Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jim Steele, I said. … "How old are you, anyways?" "Me? Twenty-two." It was a funny thing to say. It sounded like a real kid" (Salinger 94). This incident shows both his immaturity and his habit of lying. First, his immaturity is shown when he seems like a child by saying he is actually twenty-two. Secondly, his habit of lying is seen explicitly when he immediately begins lying to the prostitute by stating his name as Jim

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