J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951) introduced America to Holden Caulfield, the cynical teen, a character type common in literature and film ever since. Half lecture, half book discussion, this seminar will examine the American literary classic with the insights of professionals in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. Drawing on recent research in psychology, neuroscience, and adolescent mental health, the discussion will focus on issues such as self-perception, the desire for popularity, and Salinger’s own mental health.We’ll also consider how PTSD from his service in World War II may have affected his writing and life. Participants in this seminar will receive a copy of the book to help them join the conversation.