Book alert: The Psychology of Final Fantasy
I've been an avid Final Fantasy fan all of my adult life, so getting to be part of an edited collection exploring how psychology is woven throughout the franchise's world and characters was a delight!
Edited by Dr. Anthony Bean, who also produced the best-selling The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series (2019), The Psychology of Final Fantasy: Surpassing the Limit Break is a forthcoming edited volume bringing together several experts in psychology and media studies to discuss how the games' characters, narratives, weapons, and worlds function as powerful metaphors for our real-world experiences. I contributed a chapter with my co-author Dr. Chelsea Hughes on the theme of Trauma in Final Fantasy. We outline the main types of Trauma from a psychological perspective, and then do a deeper analysis of how Trauma is embodied by Cloud Strife in Final Fantasy VII.
The book will be released on August 31, 2020 and is now available for pre-order.