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The Psychology of Pokémon: The Power to Catch 'Em All

ISBN: 9781955406079
Binding: Paperback
Edited by: Dr.  Anthony Bean
Pages: 240
Trim: 5 x 8.5 inches
Published: 08/01/2022

I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are." -Mewtwo, Pokemon: The First Movie.

For more than two decades, Ash Ketchum, has been chasing his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master. His personal journey spans more than and 1,000 television episodes, 22films, 122 Pokémon games (as of fall of 2021), discovering over 800 different species of Pokémon, numerous card games, and other merchandise children of the 90s still treasure today.

The Psychology of Pokémon guides gamers on a real-world quest of self-discovery so that they can Catch 'em All. And, as part of this examination, psychologists, clinicians, video game researchers, professors, and enthusiasts unravel the mysteries of the Pokémon series by asking:

  • Why is the Pokémon series so beloved by everyone even after we have grown up?
  • What is the reason we trust a 10-year-old to accomplish the mission to become a Pokémon master and how does this affect our own sense of childhood?
  • What can we take away from our own journey of the Pokémon series and its impact on catching them all?
  • How can Ash Ketchum's perseverance and resilience teach us about Grit in the face of adversity?
  • Why was 'Twitch Plays Pokémon' such an inspiration to us all? Where does the Heroic Journey fall in line with Ash's journey to become a Pokémon master? And much, much, more…

Think you know Pokémon? The Psychology of Pokémon explores how the game resonates with a player's psychological drives.


Dr. Bean is a seasoned psychologist known for his diverse expertise and innovative approach to mental health. With a wealth of experience, he specializes in areas such as video game addiction, psychological assessments, and therapeutic interventions. Dr. Bean is a sought-after expert in media, frequently contributing insights on psychological topics. His research spans contemporary issues, contributing valuable insights to both academic and practical domains. Known for a dynamic and engaging presence, Dr. Bean is dedicated to fostering well-being through a holistic understanding of mental health, making him a trusted figure in the field.