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What's Luck Got to Do with It? by Joseph Mazur

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Part III

THE ANALYSIS

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Gambling behavior and addiction have been studied since the turn of the twentieth century when psychopathologists began investigating repressed libidinal impulses, the conflicts between the id and superego. The tensions between the demands of conscience and the performances of the ego led to fascinating theories of gambling addiction. Some of the early theories have been disputed and some still claim that the impulsive gambler may not have a conscious will to win but, rather surprisingly, an internal conflict causing an unconscious desire to lose.

Though the pathology of compulsive gambling is still not satisfactorily explained ...

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