Holden has a distracted, angry, and escapist personality. He derides most other people as “fake”, but longs for closeness with another person. Instead of facing his problems, he prefers to run; tragically, running doesn’t solve his problems. However, Holden is also sensitive and caring.
“I’m just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don’t they?” (p. 15)
Holden says this phrase. He has experienced very strong things since childhood. One of the strong things that he experienced as a child was that his brother died of cancer at a very young age, and since then he has had many humor problems, and he’s been through a lot of hard phases.