Posted by: Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling on
Date and Time
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
In recent years, experts in the field of pathological gambling have made a distinction between 'action' gamblers (predominantly male) and 'escape' gamblers (predominantly female).
The primary addictive process of pathological gamblers is the repetitive pattern of escape from reality into a fantasy world. While that pattern of escape is present in all PG's, the nature of the fantasy world of male and female gamblers is substantially different in most cases.
The original and primary text describing this process is the Dream World of the Gambler (GA Combo Book, p 11). This text is read in all Gamblers Anonymous meetings and was originally drafted by male, action gamblers. Therefore, this text does not accurately describe the fantasy world of the archetypal female escape gambler.
To elucidate the differences in the fantasy worlds of the male and female gambler, the presenter utilizes the original Dream World text and created a parallel document describing the experience of the 'dream world' from the perspective of the female escape gambler.