People gamble for many different reasons. Many of those are puzzling to people who do not gamble themselves. .
The reasons for gambling are individual, different for each person. In counselling we will discuss the apparent reasons, then work to find the real reasons that are affecting each client. The real reasons are commonly different to the apparent reasons.
Gamblers start and continue gambling for many reasons, most of which may appear logical to that person.
They may include:
A commonality for many of these reasons are an intention to evade or avoid reality, to 'disassociate' from the realities of normal life. Many of these reasons are not financial desire, the historical results in most cases is that people lose money to the gamblng industry. The gambling industry wants to instill disassociation in their clients, they know that if a person 'forgets' or dissassociates from their reality that there will be more likelyhood of them gambling more, thus profits will increase.
Reluctance to save may seem a strange reason to gamble. It can be the basis of many financial problems. The origins might be a well-meant gift of money as a child, when the giver then asks "and what are you going to buy with that"? The child receives the 'message' that the money should be spent, not saved without a specific objective.That message can become part of life script. In adulthood, getting rid of money can really become a problem, which can be solved by rash spending or gambling. Gambling is often easier.
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