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Insanity: The Future Of Creativity Essay

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There are some big events that can leave us traumatized for life. How we deal with the issue is all tied to our mind. In the book, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden is a teenager who has suffered the trauma of losing a brother. Since then, he has been unable to find his place in life. Holden described the aftermath of that day, "I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage"(Salinger 38-39). Holden had a mental break down that changed his perspective on life immensely. Everything that happens to him continues to weaken his state of mind, causing him to not caring for the consequences of his actions, such as flunking out of schools. According to the psychologist Freud, to analyze the author and his or her life, the literary work is seen to provide analytical evidence. This implies that the traumatic life that Holden carries probably reflects Salinger's life. In the Internet biography entitled, "J.D. Salinger" from The Biography Channel, it is stated that," Salinger was drafted into the army... [He] did not escape the war without some trauma- he was hospitalized after suffering a nervous breakdown". Both Salinger and his figurative character Holden, show signs of being mentally unstable. Freudian psychoanalytic perspectives would assess those signs as; compulsive lying by exaggeration and making fantasy worlds, depression that comes from isolation, and emotional instabilities caused by violent outbursts.
Freudian theorems suggest that an excessive amount of lying is a sign of being mentally unstable. There are many situations in which Holden calls the people around him, phonies. When Holden went to go see a play with Sally, he negatively criticized actors, describing them as, "just a bunch of actors- they were very good, but I didn't like them very much-they were too good"(Salinger 126). Holden is always looking for reasons not to like people, even as small as being too good of an actor. He doesn't want to get attached to anybody, so he continually exaggerates the flaws in people. By doing so, Holden lies, shaping a person's life to seem like a disaster. Those flaws could even ideas he has about himself, but his ignorance stops him from accepted the truth. He cannot accept that he is as phony as anybody else he talks about.
On that same day, Holden asks Sally if she would like to run away with him. He passionately came up with a huge plan to start a new life with her. After Sally refused to agree with his newly created-exaggeration filled-fantasy world, Holden was quick to take his words back. Holden apologized, and said "I don't know even know why I started all that stuff with her... I probably wouldn't've taken her even if she wanted to go with me"(134). Described by Freud's Iceberg Theorem, Holden has many wishes and urges, which interfere with his account on what is practical and acceptable. He wants things instantaneously, even when it is realistically...

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