The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series by Anthony BeanThe Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series by Anthony Bean

The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series

EditorAnthony Bean

Paperback | February 19, 2019

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It's dangerous to go alone! Take this (book). 

For more than 30 years, The Legend of Zelda—which immerses players in a courageous struggle against the shadowy forces of evil in a world of high fantasy—has spanned more than 30 different installments, selling over 75 million copies. Today, it is one of the most beloved video game franchises around the globe. 

Video game sales as a whole have continued to grow, now raking in twice as much money per year as the entire film industry, and countless psychologists have turned their attention to the effects gaming has on us: our confidence, our identity, and our personal growth.The Psychology of Zeldaapplies the latest psychological findings, plus insights from classic psychology theory, to Link, Zelda, Hyrule, and the players who choose to wield the Master Sword. 

InThe Psychology of Zelda, psychologists who love the games ask: 

  • How do Link's battles inOcarina of Timeagainst Dark Link, his monstrous doppelganger, mirror the difficulty of confronting our personal demons and the tendency to be our own worst enemies?
  • What lessons about pursuing life's greater meaning can we take away from Link's quests through Hyrule and beyond the stereotypical video game scenario of rescuing a Princess (Zelda)?
  • What do we experience as players when we hear that familiar royal lullaby on the ocarina, Saria's spirited melody in the Lost Woods, or the iconic main theme on the title screen?
  • How do the obstacles throughoutMajora's Maskrepresent the Five Stages of Grief?
  • What can Link's journey to overcome the loss of the fairy Navi teach us about understanding our own grief and depression?
  • Why are we psychologically drawn to the game each and every time a new version becomes available even when they all have a similar storyline? 

Think you've completed the quest?The Psychology of Zeldagives you new,  thrilling dungeons to explore and even more puzzles to solve.

Dr. Anthony Beanspecializes in video games, children & adolescents, and the virtual worlds played in by all ages.  He is considered an expert in this growing field, has been published extensively in the discipline.  He works with children, adolescents, and adults who  play video games and their families to better understand the immersi...
Title:The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda SeriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 19, 2019Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1946885347

ISBN - 13:9781946885340


Table of Contents





 Embodying the Virtual Hero: A Link to the Self

 Jonathan Erickson


 It's Dangerous to Go Alone: The Hero's Journey in the Legend of Zelda

 Stephen F. Kuniak


 The Nocturne of (Personal) Shadow

 Louise Grann 


 The Archetypal Attraction

 Anthony M. Bean


 Unmasking Grief: Applying the Kübler-Ross Five Stages of Grief Model toThe Legend of Zelda:Majora's Mask

 Larisa A. Garski, F. Cary Shepard, and Emory S. Daniel


 The Protective Power of Destiny: Posttraumatic Growth in the Legend of Zelda

 Larissa A. Garski and Justine Mastin


 The Quest for Meaning in the Legend of Zelda

 Kelsey Klatka and Louise Grann


 The Song of the Ritos: The Psychology of the Music within the Legend of Zelda Series

 Shane Tilton


  Triforce Heroes and Heroines: Transcending the Opposites Through the Golden Power

  Angie Branham Mullins


 The Legend Herself: From Damsel in Distress to Princess of Power          

 Melissa Huntley and Wind Goodfriend


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