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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF GAMBLING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of Conflict in Marriage, Divorce Won't Help Money and Eme Conflicts and other psychoanalytical missiles presents another in the same vernacular. Beginning with a clinical definition of the gambler- a person who habitually takes chances, who subordinates all other interests, who is psychologically never defeated -- he maintains that gambling is a neurosis which indicates a regressive psychoual development. Gamblers are fanatics of the wish to be omnipotent (characteristically an infantile wish) and reap their rewards in a masochistic wish to be defeated (rejected). Their optimism is at the furthest remove from reality and, therefore, maturity. A cure can only be effected through psychoanalysis and even then the prognosis is conditional. Very Freudian, but possibly popular.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1957
Publisher: Hill and Wang