There are many
types of gambling
and for most people they are not a problem.
gambling can become
an addiction, for these people, whatever the form the gambling takes,
it involves cards, poker machines, horses, lotto tickets, or any other
type of gambling, there are certain common patterns of motivation and
a brief examination
of why people gamble!
thoughts preceding it. To try and identify the internal thoughts that
at work in your mind, think back to just before your last bout of
- Where were
- What were
- What were
thinking just before the idea
of gambling started to occupy your thoughts?
- Were you in
where gambling takes place,
- If elsewhere
encouraged your thoughts about
- Why did the
stop? Was it control or
lack of money?
- That they,
gambler has some special talent
that will enable them to beat the odds;
- That they
exceptional amount of 'luck'
that will enable them to win;
- That if they
particular machine long
enough it HAS to pay out;
- That poker
have feelings and that if
they talk nicely to the machine or plead with it, the machine will
let them win;
- That machine
their money and that they will
play the machine until it gives the money back;
- That they
to win because they have
invested so much time, money or effort on a particular machine;
- That by
small amounts they are
on a winning streak and the jackpot will soon follow.
The fact is
although gamblers dream
about having some special talents or "good-luck" these are simply
Even if they do occasionally collect, the winning margins, whether on
horses, poker machines, blackjack, etc. are very carefully calculated
that the house is the only winner.
The idea that if a person
sits at a poker
machine for a long enough time the machine eventually has to make a
or give a reward for their effort, is irrational thinking. For
it has been calculated that some poker machines would have to be played
at least eight hours a day for over twenty years before they pay out a
The idea of
being on a
winning streak and
it is only a matter of time before the jackpot comes up, is a dream
than a reality. Gamblers believe that, because there are few small wins
the big prize has to soon follow, however the machines are designed to
pay out that way. The manufacturers understand that small wins
the gamblers belief that winning is possible and that encourages them
Another common fallacy of
gamblers is to
recall their wins and forget their losses. They will recall how they
won $1000 and "how easy it was to win", forgetting that they probably
$10,000 to win that $ 1,000.
It is part of human
behaviour to remember
our successes and forget our failures, and gamblers are the very worst
users of this form of rationalization. Not only do they forget they
$10,000 to win $1,000 but also they forget that their winnings plus
money was also lost and that they ended up broke.
Gamblers will usually
they will only spend $20 and then walk away. In fact the $20 becomes
$50, then $100, as they remain certain that the very next $1 has to be
the winning dollar.
A LIFE WITHOUT
No one is ever born a
gambler; like so many
other habits gambling is a form of behaviour that is learned.
Over time habits tend to
be formed because
they give positive emotional stimulation. This influences the way that
people think and then behaviours form to maintain the emotional
Often the behaviour acts as a reward, relieving stress or boredom.
the behaviour is triggered by greed, or as an act of defiance, a secret
way of getting back at a spouse; there are as many reasons why people
as there are gamblers.
Just as gambling habits
gradually, so too does the gambler behaviour need to he gradually
As part of this process there is a need to exchange the gambling for
else, to avoid leaving a vacuum in the gambler’s life.
Gamblers had a life before
the habit became
an obsession and compulsion. The gambler must decide what they really
out of life!
Personal motivation is
essential. No one
else can do it for them; no one else can make another person gamble and
no one else can make them stop gambling.
In our society, at the
present time, poker
machines have become the most popular form of gambling; there are a
of underlying reasons for this, reasons that few poker machine players
In an attempt to explain
some of the hidden
drives that encourage gambling addiction, we will use poker machines as
an example of how gamblers are manipulated.
The environment of poker
has been carefully designed to attract and hold customers, especially
They are like cocoons. Because there are no windows the outside world
completely shut out, removing any possible external stimulation. They
not have clocks so that people lose track of time. They have people
to help players spend money; they provide free tokens to get players
free coffee and tea, cheap meals. All add to the gambler’s feelings
they are in a caring environment, with real friends who want to help
care for them.
For the bored they offer
the excitement of
the noise and the flashing lights, all designed to stimulate you, get
excited, so that you stop thinking rationally. The lights, color,
are all part of the tender trap. The facts are that the bigger the
they offer, the greater are the losses. There are no free lunches; all
the free gifts are given because the operators know that for every
they give away they get thousands back as profit!
Sometimes the gambling
starts as a means
of escaping from personal or domestic problems. However, gambling
makes matters worse; it adds to the problems, especially the financial
problems. Gambling is an insidious trap; it is not the means to freedom.
gambling addicts is
that the gamblers do not feel good about themselves. They often feel
are failures and their gambling enables them to keep on proving how
of a failure they really are. Coping with the negative thoughts,
self-esteem are all essential parts of the come back trail
TO HELP STOP GAMBLING
There are a number of ways
that can help
you stop gambling. Some of the psychological processes are listed
often described as "pen and paper" assessments. There are long
questionnaires which can help identify personality profiles, locate
and resources as well as being able to locate weaknesses. They provide
useful information to allow a plan of action to he developed.
Therapy: A practical
step by step way to unravel thought patterns and replace the negative
and behaviour with a more-positive constructive way. This in turn can
to new ways of coping with life events. Habits commence with thoughts
emotions. These in turn shape behaviour. CBT allows the person to gain
insights into their irrational thought patterns, and enables them to
thought pattern that can help change the behaviour. It allows
person to regain control.
planned approach to changing habits or behaviours. Though a person may
have tried to change unwanted habits by choice or will power these
fail. Success is more likely with a behaviour modification planned
Relaxation Training is
a step towards
regaining control over thoughts and actions.
Thoughts are a form
of internalized communication; often the more the attention focuses on
a problem the more it becomes an obsession. Trying not to think or
in a manner often leads to the inability to resist.
Hypnosis: This can
be a useful part
of management of many habits. It can assist in locating issues,
resources and reshaping behaviors.
Though all hypnosis is actually self hypnosis, this process allows the
user to create patterns of self management and self control.
can be used as a choice and can assist the individual to be more in
of their life.
mind is constantly
active. For some, a lot of this activity is fear, worry and concern.
thoughts can cause stress and that stress can he measured simply by a
tip measuring device. It allows the person to actually see and hear how
the body is responding to thought processes. The person can also see
hear what occurs when those thought patterns are changed.
Sound Light Entrainment:
A new way
of using old methods. It is effective in a way similar to relaxation
meditation or self hypnosis. This method uses a carefully balanced
of light and sound combined with guided instructions to discover the
of the gambling and then develop changes in your behaviour. This form
therapy can also assist other changes, by reducing stress, and helping
to develop useful alternative strategies.
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