“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Shrink Wrapped
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
BroadBlogs is a psychological site and the Peanuts characters reveal facets of our own psychologies. So let’s play shrink:
We might think we are alone in our insecurities, anxieties and depression. But Charlie Brown reveals that we have plenty of company. And that can be comforting as we open empty mailboxes — or worse: the little red-haired girl or boy doesn’t like us back.
Yet loneliness can hold lessons. It may teach that we get what we give. Or, rejection sparks empathy and compassion — even for sparse Christmas trees that “bloom” with a little love and nurturing.
Charlie Brown’s best friend, Linus, may have his own insecurities. But he is willing to reach out for support via his trusty blanket.
Kids may mock him, but they don’t beat him. Linus whips out his blanket, hacks off a tree limb, and exclaims, “They never tease me more than once.”
Linus is the deep philosopher and theologian who knows the true meaning of things. He joins Charlie Brown’s search for empathy and compassion.
Lucy most famously pulls a football from Charlie Brown — just as he’s about to kick it — landing him on flat on his humiliated back.
But Lucy holds her own insecurities. After all, bullies project their shame onto others. Maybe they hope that by destroying you they will destroy their transferred shame, too.
But every now and then she loosens up and deems the Charlie Brown’s of the world “Director.” So maybe there’s hope.
Peppermint Patty and Marcie
Peppermint Patty and Marcie are two friends, and two faces of strong women. In fact, Peppermint Patty was created to counter gender norms.
And they are the only two “Peanuts” girls who don’t wear dresses.
Peppermint Patty is strong in body and will, and the sports star of the bunch.
Marcie is the brains of the bunch — and the voice of reason who advises Patty against pitching a fit over a failed holiday dinner that she had invited herself to — and pressured Charlie Brown to prepare.
And while Charlie Brown spends plenty of time thinking no one loves him, both Marcie and Peppermint Patty sport major crushes.
Snoopy, the novelist/adventurer, eternally pens his famous line, “It was a dark and stormy night…” Charles Schultz says the dog retreats into fantasy in order to survive.
I guess it works for him. Since his alter ego is Joe Cool.
But mostly, I love Snoopy’s joy, play and love of life!
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Posted on December 17, 2014, in psychology and tagged A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peanuts, Peppermint Patty, psychology, Snoopy. Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.