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Gambling Habit
(155 words)

[German Version]

The gambling habit is a powerful inclination that places a person between desire and aversion in a tense state of agitation under intense pressure to engage in gaming (Play). The carefree ease of gaming is thus reduced to a meaningless waste of time or elevated to a compulsive addiction to a recklessness that jeopardizes life and property. Gaming becomes perverted into a symbol of personal bondage in which the player flees into an alternative world instead of attending to his or her responsibilities. In pathological cases, gamb…

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Huxel, Kirsten, “Gambling Habit”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025675>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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