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Analysis Of Holden Caulfield

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I have seen many disorders in my twenty years of working for the mental hospital as a psychiatrist. Mr. Holden Caulfield displays traits I have seen before. Certain tendencies and behaviors lead me to believe he might have Borderline Personality Disorder. This can include impulsivity, emotional instability, patterns of unstable relationships, etc..
At first, Mr. Caulfield continued to stay silent when asked questions by the nurses and myself. He refused to volunteer for treatments and judged those around him. I had gotten nothing out of him and was unable to get Holden to oblige to any treatments. I was hoping to make progress by the end of the first month.
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I noticed he also had a left handed baseball mitt with green scribbles near his bed. I asked what it was and he told me it was Allie's baseball mitt. I asked to see and he showed it to me; the green scribbles were poems written all over the mitt.
That night I skimmed through the pages until one of them caught my eye, a conversation with Phoebe Caulfield, his younger sister. He had been explaining to her the only thing he wanted to be, was the Catcher in the Rye, and it puzzled me. Who is this Catcher in the Rye? And why would he be catching children from running off a cliff? And why would children be running off one in the first place? I found it intriguing that Holden feels a need to protect children or be the "catcher in the rye" as he calls it. For what reason, I still do not understand. I conclude that it had something to do with his brother, Allie, and his inability to protect him before he died.
As I read more, I noticed he made many references to death. He wrote things such as, "that kills me." Or "Supposed to commit suicide," his work on the Egyptian Mummification for his History Final. I also noticed a lot of sarcasm and lying, which lead me to wonder if Holden may be a compulsive liar. He did not show many symptoms but he would lie often. The lying could be attributed to his insecurities. Holden stated the he is the dumbest one in his family, yet he shows intelligence. It said in his profile that he has been kicked out of four schools already, including Pencey Prep. I heard it is a spectacular school, though he kept mentioning all "phonies" at the school. Mr. Caulfield also likes to have a little fun every now and then when he is bored. He does not express it in a healthy way, creating unhealthy relationships with those around him.
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