The Topic of Self Control and Gambling Addiction

 For another class I’m taking this summer semester, we learned about gambling addiction so I figured I’d tie that to our class’ topic of self control. Problem gamblers have a tendency to have very low impulse control, which leads them to keep chasing due to their high levels of sensation seeking. 35% of those with a gambling addiction also qualify for a diagnosis of an impulse control disorder. Aristotle's belief that people behave in ways that they know are counterproductive applies to problem gambling. The individual gambles profusely until the point where they may be facing bankruptcy, and are left feeling immediate shame and guilt, but continue this action due to the low impulse control. 

A way to exhibit self control in this instance is to save gambling for a weekend trip to Atlantic City after a work week, instead of internet gambling throughout the week on top of gambling in a casino. It doesn’t mean the problem gambler won’t continue chasing and sensation seeking, but it will control the addictive behavior in a much more contained way. This is also an example of negative reinforcement. Internet gambling is very attainable and that’s where a lot of problem gambling will begin in the first place. Take that away and save it for a fun time in the casino, and the behavior will take a much lesser toll on the problem gambler’s mental health.