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The Psychology of Zelda


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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 Kubler-Ross Five Stages of Grief Model to The 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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Dr. Anthony Bean specializes 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 immersive psychological effects video games have upon the individual and resulting family dynamics. Dr. Bean utilizes video game character identification techniques and other archetypal experiences to understand and develop intrinsic motivations for playing, personal identity, and discovering conscious and unconscious conflicts, cognitions, and behaviors. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults on discovering their own symbolic transformations through the playing of video games and dealing with depression, trauma, anxiety, social isolation, and other common diagnoses to great success.

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