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A Different Perspective

3rd February 2017

Guest blogger Fay takes a moment to examine how the way we think about a situation can affect how we respond to it, and how a different perspective of gambling behaviour could be helpful.

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘Change your thoughts and you change your world’?

That may have some merit. By becoming aware of patterns in our thoughts we can tap in and change these, positively influencing a situation that may otherwise be harmful.

The way our thinking is biased in a particular circumstance, and doesn’t fully reflect the reality of the situation, is described as ‘cognitive distortion’. These distortions can lead to problematic emotions and behaviours.

Anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and relationship conflict may arise from these distortions, which influence the way we react to activities like gambling.

Do you recognise any of the following?

  • Superstitions about certain objects which ‘bring you luck’
  • Recalling your few wins but not your many losses
  • Reasoning that negative emotions reflect the world around you – i.e. your bad luck is just a symptom

These are just a couple of cognitive distortions associated with gambling.

Challenging and critically evaluating the relationship between our thoughts and feelings can lead to us acting in a different way. I always try to look for the good in any situation, even when it can seem uncomfortable, and this can help maintain more positive behaviours towards myself and others.

GamCare’s counselling teams can help you understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to make changes for a positive future and achieve the goals you set for yourself.

The National Gambling HelpLine is available every day if you would like to speak to one of our Advisers about how you can begin your journey towards recovery. Contact us between 8am – Midnight on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or via our NetLine.