Bets, beliefs, and behaviours: the unconscious layers of gaming

Betting on the mind

What happens in the minds of fans when they engage with the game? A research study investigates the behaviour and functioning of the unconscious mind.

For many it is a simple hobby, for others it is a passion. But what goes on in a player’s mind while playing a game? What is triggered in his subconscious without him being aware of it? Several factors influence behaviour and habits: beliefs and superstitions, of course, more or less erroneous convictions, desires and hopes. But above all, the emotions.

These are essential in every decision-making process in our lives, and they also enter the dynamics of the game. Not always with positive effects. Emotions, in fact, can lead to risky behaviour, such as excitement or frustration, which stimulate brain activity towards a new bet, perhaps to win more or to recover losses.

Another mechanism is that of making decisions based on temporary emotional states, such as great joy over a series of winnings. In this case, the player may believe, mistakenly, that fortune is on his side and therefore decides to continue playing.

Understanding the gambler’s psychology for Safe Play

The psychology of the gambler, indeed, is complex and intricate and should be known to propose a safe and responsible gambling style.   Among the most popular advice from the experts of the Italian site Giochidislots, collected in this eBook on gambling psychology, there is the recommendation to not play when our state of mind is particularly altered, either in a negative or positive sense. One should not gamble to vent anger or even less so to gamble after one has consumed alcohol or drugs.

The path to responsible gambling habits

Adopting a conscious approach is then fundamental, being aware of one’s moment, being present to oneself, recognising victories and defeats as well as defeats, without allowing them to influence us.

In fact, through checking our emotions and irrational impulses, we can open the way to safe and healthy gambling habits by carefully analysing our financial limits and the potential consequences of our actions.

An individual perspective that goes hand in hand, of course, with a community vision and is also connected to the commitment of institutions: talking about gambling openly, without prejudice, can help to dispel myths and resolve false beliefs. It can help, above all, in the creation of a responsible gaming environment. A challenge in which psychology can play a major role. You just must know how to read it and, above all, recognise it.

In the end, “understanding the psychology of a gambler is not only useful for the single player but is critical for those who design and regulate the gaming experience. Through recognising the triggers and pitfalls that players may encounter, game developers and policy makers can implement measures to safeguard the mental well-being of players. Features such as setting bet limits, break reminders and information on responsible gambling can be integrated seamlessly. It is also essential that websites and online platforms, promote open discussions on these issues. This collective awareness and the promotion of a supportive gaming community can work in tandem to ensure a balanced and enjoyable gaming experience for all”, remarks Silvia Urso of Giochidislots.

Associate Writer: Simon loves to bet on sports as well as play online slots, and he has a keen eye for sorting out the honest sites from the not so honest.