Gambling problems and behaviours. Brian Dennis MBACP (Accred.) M.A.
Gambling itself is not a problem, it is the consequences for some people that may be a problem. Many people who have had a 'big' gambling win in their life 'cling onto' that as 'proof' that their gambling will be profitable. However a roulette wheel does not have a memory, nor does a dice. They do not 'remember' the last spin or roll.
Our counselling encourages clients to make rational decisions as to whether they want to gamble - or not. Clients will be given emotional tools that they will then have available to make rational, sensible decisions, as opposed to impetuous processes based on instant gratification and illogical impulses. Clients will always have to decide whether to use those tools, having them available will help.
Commonly people who are considered successful may be gamblers. When those people recollect their successes and reasons for them they often realise the calculations and planning that were involved in the successes. The successes were not gambles, they were calculated risk-taking - which worked out.
Gambling situations always focus a increased chance/ odds for the gambling situation. Thus a gambler is always working against the odds which are stacked against them, otherwise the gambling industry could not continue. Thus failure is always more likely in a gambling situation. Accepting this is difficult for the gambler. Denying this is the object of the gambling industry, in various ways - which they are very good at.
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