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Social Conditioning and Gambling

Many people with a gambling problem question the influence of social factors, specifically the role of their upbringing and family dynamics, on their gambling. They often say that they were raised in a ‘family of gambling’ or that ‘gambling is … Continue reading

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Gambling and relationships

People with a gambling problem are probably very aware of the impact it is having on their own lives – not having money, the feeling of loss of control, to name but a few. The area that is sometimes less … Continue reading

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Why stop gambling?

It may be easy to think that gambling is inherently a bad activity but a closer examination of this assumption will usually lead us back to a puritanical, church-based evaluation of it. While for some people this might be reason … Continue reading

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Pigeons and Poker Machines

 B. F. Skinner, arguably the most famous psychologist after Freud, made a remarkable discovery in 1948. Using pigeons in a cage, he gave them food pellets through a dispenser but used an important condition – the food pellets were given … Continue reading

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Speaking to someone about their gambling

Many people know of someone who gambles to excess- a friend, friend of a friend, a partner or family member. It can often be hard to know how to help. Concerned friends or family members often explain that they don’t … Continue reading

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Luck in gambling- is it real or just an illusion?

“Wow- I’m doing so well today- I should keep going now I’m on a lucky streak” “I’m down today- I should keep going, my luck is sure to change eventually” “I should have left yesterday when I was still lucky- … Continue reading

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