Addictive Personalities and Gambling Addiction

Addictive Personalities and Gambling AddictionSomeone who is considered to have an addictive personality is thought to have a set of traits that predispose the person to addiction.

Addictive Personality Traits

The addictive personality traits include the following:

  • Immediate gratification – this is demonstrated by a person’s inability to wait for the natural outcome of an event. This trait causes a person to try to find shortcuts to end results that they want to obtain. It also causes a person not to think things through thoroughly, thus putting them at risk.
  • Inability to cope – when a person is unable to cope effectively, they may become withdrawn and isolated or they may act out with behaviors that are not consistent. Basically, the person is not in control of their thoughts or behaviors, but rather acts out in an unpredictable manner.
  • Self control – because of the need for immediate gratification coupled with the inability to cope, a person with this addictive personality trait does not look internally to control his or her thoughts and behaviors, but rather looks externally for a “quick fix.”

Underlying Issues of Addictive Personalities

The traits that an addictive personality person has can be observed; however, it is the underlying issues of this personality type that need to be healed. These underlying issues include the following:

  • Shame – because a person with an addictive personality has few internal controls, they often think or act in ways that result in them feeling shame. To overcome the shame, they may attempt to defend themselves or act out against the cause of the shame which only results in cycling back into feelings of shame.
  • Denial – no one wants to feel shame, so they often will use denial as a protective cloak to surround themselves. Denial is a definite precursor to addiction that does not allow a person to look at their situation with an objective eye.
  • Blame and justification – if denial does not work for a person who is feeling shame, they may resort to blaming someone or something else; they are not responsible. Another strategy is the futile attempt to justify their thoughts or actions; however, both blame and justification are rarely successful in helping the person feel good about themselves.

Addictive Personalities and Gambling Addiction

A person with an addictive personality who has not effectively resolved the underlying issues needs to find some outlet or some strategy that will allow them to numb themselves from these feelings of shame. It is in this desperate state that a person may turn towards addiction. In the case of gambling addiction, the person with an addictive personality gets the following:

  • Instant gratification – while typically associated with winning, there is also gratification in the strategies that a gambler attempts in “beating the house.”
  • A method of coping – while involved in gambling, a person’s focus is totally immersed in the gambling process, so they don’t have to deal with other thoughts.
  • The freedom to let loose – for a person who has become withdrawn and isolated because of the underlying issues associated with their personality disorder, gambling offers a social arena. What is even better for the person with an addictive personality is that this social interaction is often with strangers who share their gambling interest.

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