Psychology and gambling

egkefalos-300x264Someone can gamble online or in written form. In the beginning one might gamble for fun. But when he starts to win then he increases the frequency of gambling in order to increase his profits. Adrenaline is rising and so does the risk of losing. The one who gambles is trying to achieve more and more profits and when this isn’t happening then he is trying to reduce the losses. Of course, this effort doesn’t always bring the desired results and it usually creates a vicious circle where the person is gambling all the time as he thinks that he can win. In this effort he borrows money which results in financial burden. He believes that these efforts will help him paying off. Unfortunately, these efforts lead to even larger debts and to financial disaster.

The consequences of gambling aren’t only financial but psychological, too. The gambler is isolated from those around him, is preoccupied only with gambling as it becomes his main interest in life. Emotional changes take place where excitement is turned to disappointment, sadness. Furthermore, the person can’t control his thoughts and feelings and is possessed of an uncontrollable passion for success that never comes. When it comes to a small percentage he tries even more as he believes that he can achieve his target. Gambling is the only thought that dominates his mind. The gambler has no contact with his environment, time passes by, he can’t concentrate easily, has bursts of anger when he loses.

These people can’t identify their problem and don’t ask for help easily. It is important for their closed ones not to pity them and lend them money as this intensifies the problem. It is better to talk with them about issues that concern them. In this way one can identify potential sources of addiction or unfulfilled expectations.

In the end we need to emphasize that those who start gambling don’t get addicted to it. Personality traits play an important role in the development of certain behaviors.

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