Responsible Online Gambling Without Superstition

Published Tuesday, March 17, 2015 -
Responsible Online Gambling Without Superstition

Superstition has played a role in the gambling world since gambling started although not every gambler is superstitious. Superstition is defined as an irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome. It is also considered a belief, practice, or rite irrationally maintained by ignorance of the laws of nature or by faith in magic or chance. This way of thinking could produce a fearful or abject state of mind resulting from such ignorance or irrationality. Gambling can be a lot of fun but when it gets to the point where the losses have gone past the responsible point and superstition has taken hold the gambler should take a step away from the game and reconsider the reasoning.

Knock on wood or not, superstition appears to have played a positive role in evolution and it continues to affect human behavior. German researchers reported in 2010 that the more strongly participants believed in their good luck charms, the more confident they were. The study also showed that the more confident superstitious participants were, the better they performed, perhaps due to self-efficacy — the belief in one’s ability to succeed at a specific challenge — which has been linked to how willing people are to persist at a given task. The process involved in placing a wager could relate to this persistence to keep gambling until you win which by all accounts is a sure fired recipe for failure. In 1974, researchers in the state of Georgia found smart high school students were less superstitious than those of average intelligence and thus proving the rational approach is the smart approach to betting.

In 2008, another study from the USA found participants more likely to perceive connections between unrelated events when first asked to recall a time when they lacked control. Yes four leaf clovers are a rare find but whether they bring a gambler luck is another story altogether.




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