Holden Caulfield's Letter To The Catcher In The Rye

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I am writing this letter to inform you that I have been providing your son, Holden Caulfield, with psychotherapy to help treat his concerns with a number of different mental and social issues. Upon conducting therapy with him, I discovered a lot about how Holden lived life thus far, what psychological changes he went through in specifically recent times, and the events that led him to these changes. The reason I believe he 's here for psychotherapy in the first place is due to the rather awkward tendencies he has, and fixing these flaws is part of my job as a psychotherapist. Through vigorous and close inspection of these tendencies, I uncovered a few issues Holden finds himself dealing with: general skepticism and distrust in others, loneliness,…show more content…
During therapy, Holden recalled numerous events where he would act cynical towards 'phony ' people. Although acting mean towards people you don 't like may seem somewhat relatable, the extent of Holden 's skeptical behavior was simply beyond comprehensive. Holden always tries finds errors in companions he wishes to relate with, but as a result of the discovery of these flaws, he ends up breaking relationships. I remember him talking about a couple of people in particular, one of them being his own brother, D.B.. "Now he 's out in Hollywood, D. B., being a prostitute." (Salinger 1). I hear that D.B. is a writer in Hollywood, and while that is great, Holden refers to him as a 'prostitute ', in the sense that he gets paid to use his talents (writing for movies). Moreover, he criticizes a pianist he merely met in a bar, Ernie. "I 'm not too sure what the name of the song was that he was playing when I came in, but whatever it was, he was really stinking it up. He was putting all these dumb, show-offy ripples in the high notes, and a lot of other very tricky stuff that gives me a pain in the ass." (Salinger 84). One of the many purposes musicians serve, is to entertain people. Ernie, a great pianist as I understand, was doing just that. Mind you, it 's not just people Holden considers phony. He even goes as far as labeling movies as
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