More on Gamblers' Special Characteristics

Gambling Psychology and the Joy of Gambling

Neuroscientists using "functional" Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) have recently discovered some fascinating things that go on inside the brains of gamblers. The brain researchers have identified which parts of a gambler's brain are activated during each step of the gambling process. There is one area of the brain where strong good feelings are initiated. This area gets activated before, during, and after attempting to win something. The thought of winning is all that is necessary to activate this area. Either winning or even just thinking about winning activates this area and sends good feelings throughout the body.

Gambling people.The good feelings when thinking about winning lasts longest when the game is most uncertain (i.e. when the odds of winning are the greatest). If the odds of winning are 50/50, the good feelings about winning are not as strong as if the odds are 1 in 100 for winning.

The brain chemical is dopamine that causes the rush of good feelings when either thinking about winning or actually winning. Like all drugs, after awhile it takes a stronger dose to bring on the same good feelings. This is where the gambling addiction can start, just as it does in an addiction to drugs. Gamblers soon need higher and higher stakes and odds of winning to achieve the same high feeling as when they first started gambling.

Gamblers resemble drug addicts in their lack of impulse control while seeking that good feeling of winning. Gamblers often go into a trance-like mania following a losing streak where they are missing that winning feeling. They can't stop betting in a crazed attempt to recoup their prior losses and obtain that winning good feeling. They want to believe everything will change on the next bet. The fallout from such uncontrollable loosing sprees is often devastating emotionally and financially.

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Palm readers have noticed the lines shown below frequently appear in hands of people with addictions as indicated. These addictions are similar to a gambling addiction but come in different degrees of severity. Generally palm readers call these lines "Escape Lines" because there is usually a strong desire to escape the particular addiction. This desire to escape is often as strong as the addiction, but the conflict does not get resolved, causing much distress in daily life. Below are the palmistry indicators to watch for:

Addiction lines in hand.

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