Charlie Brown - Charlie Brown is the lead character in Charles M. Schulz's classic "Peanuts" cartoons who is generally portrayed as feeling insecure and seeking acceptance. Charlie Brown's character contrasts with the somewhat narcissistic character of Lucy and their relationship is sometimes used to illustrate the relationship between personality-disordered and non-personality-disordered people.
Perhaps no popular cultural character illustrates the plight of the Non-PD as brilliantly and humorously as Charlie Brown. Uncomplicated, transparent, trusting and ever-hopeful, seeking acceptance, yet hopelessly naive.
There is a classic scene which recurs throughout the Peanuts cartoons where Lucy persuades Charlie to try to kick a football, promising to hold it. Charlie knows that every time in the past when Lucy has promised to hold the ball, she has pulled it away at the last second, causing him to fall and make a fool of himself, but she always manages to project enough fear, obligation and guilt to persuade him to try it again.
"Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz
In another classic scene, Charlie Brown is feeling depressed and goes looking for psychiatric help. Lucy, ever the narcissist, is only too happy to present him with list of his failures and give him a prescription which does nothing to make him feel better, but only serves to build up her own ego.
"A Boy Named Charlie Brown", 1969, Charles M. Schulz
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