THE PSYCHODYNAMICS AND PSYCHOLOGY OF GAMBLING: The Gambler's Mind Volume I

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Charles C Thomas Publisher, Jan 1, 2002 - PSYCHOLOGY - 270 pages

 The Psychodynamics and Psychology of Gambling is the first volume in the four-volume The Gambling Theory and Research Series. Author Mikal Aasved felt a need to fill what he perceived to be a lack of background sources or reviews of literature pertaining to gambling theory and research. This series will present major findings of leading researchers as they study the causes and effects of gambling, both recreational and excessive. This first entry in the series reviews the most influential psychodynamic and psychological theories that explain why people gamble. Psychoanalytical theorists discussed include Freud, Von Hattingberg, Fenichel, Bergler, Simmel, Greenson, Stekel, and others. Aasved includes sections on behavioral (learning or reinforcement theory) psychological approaches to gambling with discussion of Skinner's ideas and research findings as well as Pavlov's principles. This book begins with the question 'Why do people gamble?' and offers many theories proposed by clinicians, laboratory and field researchers, and participants as they seek to explain the motivation behind gambling. The differences between gambling as entertainment and gambling compulsion is a focus of much research. Aasved addresses ideas set forth as to why some people are able to control their gambling and others cannot, even when it means sacrificing their jobs, family, and material possessions. This text provides a comprehensive background into theories of addiction research as studied by leaders in the field.

 

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Contents

Part I PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACHES
17
3 PERSONALITY THEORY
53
Part II BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOLOGY
65
4 LEARNING OR REINFORCEMENT
67
5 NEEDSTATES AND DRIVEREDUCTION
80
Part III COGNITIVEBEHAVIORAL PSYCHOLOGY
107
6 IRRATIONAL THINKING
109
7 COGNITIVEBEHAVIORAL THEORISTS
138
8 CONCLUDING SUMMARY
162
INDEX
241
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