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Holden Caulfield Mental Disorder Essay

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Psycho Analysis - Holden CaulfieldBy Dr. 369961Patient OverviewFor the past 26 weeks of meeting with Holden Caulfield it has been noticeable that he hasmany different emotional and possibly severe physiological issues. He displays many signs ofdepression, including a lack of motivation in school. These feelings stemmed from the death ofhis brother, Allie. One emotion or feeling that is prominent in Mr. Caulfield's life is a continualloneliness and depression, as mentioned above. Mr. Caulfield never made it to Allie's funeral,which means he never had proper closure for his brother's death. The depression was so bad thatit led him to thoughts of suicide on a few occasions. Not having closure in the death of hisbrother leaves him consistently depressed, lonely, and lacking in motivation in his schooling.Holden views other people as fake and sees life as unfair. His isolation and problems in schoolhas led him to having a difficult time in relationships.SchoolRight from the start of our meetings it was recognizable that Holden is a highlyunmotivated student. He recently failed out of school and had already failed out of two others.The main reason he seems not to be applying himself to his studies is because he feels like anoutsider in the social setting of school and also views many people in the school setting as whathe calls "phonies." He said of Pencey Prep, his school, "They advertise in about a thousandmagazines, always showing some hot-shot guy on a horse jumping over a fence. Like as if allyou ever did at Pencey was play polo all the time. I never even saw a horse anywhere near theplace. And underneath the guy on the horse's picture, it always says: 'Since 1888 we have been 369961 2molding boys into splendid and clear-thinking young men.' Strictly for the birds. They don't doany damn more molding at Pencey than they do at any other school. And I didn't know anybodythere that was splendid and clear-thinking and all" (2). He is very clear about how strongly hedislikes Pencey and the way that Pencey tries to portray their school. The way that the pamphletdescribed Pencey bothers Holden because he thinks that the school is based on social status andbeing a "hot-shot." He also thinks that the life in general is unfair and success in life is based onwhether or not a person is born with physical and social advantages. When he was talking to hisold history teacher, Mr. Spencer, Spencer told him that life is a game, but that did not sit wellwith Holden. Holden responded, " Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it.' But he was thinking, "Game,my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it's a game, all right--I'll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren't any hot-shots, then what's agame about it? Nothing. No game" (8). Holden does not like the idea that life is a game. Holdenis convinced that the only reason people go to school is so that eventually they can make enoughmoney to buy themselves nice cars and...

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