This weeks i will going to expalain the last 5 types of gamblers:
Pathological Gamblers (also called Compulsive Gamblers):
-This is the only "type" of gambler that has been fully defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder.
-Usually has had at least one financial bailout from a friend, family member, maxed out credit cards or taken out loans from financial institution, unless they are affluent, although some pathological gamblers never have had a bailout.
-Pathological gamblers share some of the symptoms that are evidenced in problem gamblers (see above list).
-There may be attempts to justify, rationalize, hide, and/or minimize their behavior to others.
-Often they will mis-conceptualize the gambling problem as a financial problem.
- May blame others for stress they are creating.
-May try to win money needed for basic living expenses.\
-Winning means more time to gambling, wins are usually "re-invested" into more gambling.
-Usually thinks that they are only hurting themselves, unaware of the impact of their gambling on others
-Wager size increases over time (measured usually in years).
-Uses money to gamble that should otherwise be allocated/invested; for example does not have a independent retirement plan (e.g., IRA) that not associated with their work plan (e.g., 401K). This would not apply to some people.
- A win creates a "rush" that is probably associated with an excessive release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is a brain chemical associated with the subjective experience of pleasure.
- Reacts to gambling with an unusual degree of excitement, although this may experienced by the gambler but not expressed.
-More often plays games such as cards, craps, roulette, sports betting.
- A win may lead to larger bets.
-Gambling excitement is extremely pleasurable and achieving it becomes a major focus in the gambler's life.
-More men are action gamblers than women
-Often associated with ambitious, high intelligence, Type-A, "driven to succeed" personality traits.
-Besides gambling in a habitual pattern, they are more likely than the escape gambler to bet when feeling good, happy or lucky.
Besides any habitual gambling patterns, they are more likely to gamble at times to escape emotional pain and life problems.
-Gambling produces a numb, trance-like, state of consciousness where problems are not in awareness.
-Slot machines and video poker are the most common forms for these gamblers.
-After many years of gambling action gamblers often start to experience escape-style gambling.
Increased chance that an escape gambler has been physically or emotionally abused.
Women are more often then men to be escape gamblers.
- Engages in criminal activities, scams and rip-offs.
-Gambling is a method to steal money, may use loaded dice, marked cards, and fixed sports events or horse races.
-Different from gamblers who commit a crime to pay debt.
-May have a diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder
-Frequency of gambling episodes are periodic rather than consistent
-Long periods of no gambling are followed by binges that can be very costly financially, emotionally and damaging to relationships.
-There is an illusion of being in control that is a function of the ability have extended periods of not gambling.
-The relapse cycle is often triggered by a perceived "surplus" of money, while the binge cycle typically ends after a huge loss.