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Introducing the Hero Complex and the Mythic Iconic Pathway of Problem Gambling

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dc.contributor.author Nixon, Gary
dc.contributor.author Solowoniuk, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-09T23:04:31Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-09T23:04:31Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Nixon, G., & Solowoniuk, J. (in press). Introducing the Hero Complex and the Mythic Iconic Pathway of Problem Gambling. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. doi: 10.1007/s11469-008-9153-5 en
dc.identifier.issn 1557-1874 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1557-1882 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/691
dc.description The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com en
dc.description.abstract Early research into the motivations behind problem gambling reflected separate paradigms of thought splitting our understanding of the gambler into divergent categories. However, over the past 25 years, problem gambling is now best understood to arise from biological, environmental, social, and psychological processes, and is now encapsulated under the biopsychosocial model. While, the biopsychosocial model brings a great degree of understanding regarding the etiology and process becoming a problem gambler, it is clear that further research is needed to improve theoretical perspectives that identify causal trajectories that underlie gambling related problems amongst sub-groups of problem gamblers. One line of research that has gone understudied with respect to exploring such causal paths is the Mythic Iconic Pathway of problem gambling. Such a pathway conceptualizes gambling pathology as a life-world phenomenon that arises within an individual who filters perceptions of the self and world through a hero’s complex. Thus, this paper will outline the Mythic Iconic Pathway, including its phenomenological processes, and describe the key therapeutic insights and implications to consider when adopting such a novel approach toward understanding and treating the problem gambler. Keywords Problem gambling - Biopsychosocial - Mythic - Icon - Hero’s journey en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject Compulsive gambling en
dc.subject Archetype (Psychology) en
dc.title Introducing the Hero Complex and the Mythic Iconic Pathway of Problem Gambling en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty School of Health Sciences en
dc.description.peer-review Yes en
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en

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