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

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The Theories

What Makes a Gambler?

The next best thing to gambling andwinning is gambling and losing.—Nick “The Greek” Dandalos

Late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century theories of psychopathology did not distinguish between so-called neurotic gamblers and social or entertainment gamblers. Starting with the Freudian school, such psychoanalytical theories were based on the assumption that almost all of human behavior is a result of subconscious mental activity. Added was the collective unconscious with its instinctive memories and ...

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