The Power Of Habit Analysis

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The Addiction Everyone develops habits in their life, but it depends on whether or not you have an obsession or develop an addiction for it. In Chapter 9 of “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, Angie Bachmann has a gambling addiction which led her to massive debts. She is a wife of Brian Thomas and have 3 daughters. Angie Bachmann should be held accountable for her gambling debts because her set of rules weren’t working, was tempted by Harrah’s perks, and her environment shaped her to become addicted. Angie Bachmann is a stay home mom and has 3 daughters. To rid her boredom, she decided to treat herself every Friday afternoon by going to the casino once a week as a reward. Then her gambling worsened due to her parents’ sickness because…show more content…
“And a few studies suggest that some people are especially vulnerable to both drug addiction and compulsive gambling because their reward circuitry is inherently underactive—which may partially explain why they seek big thrills in the first place” (Jabr). For Bachmann, her reward was not only winning money but having that “thrill” to keep herself happy since her environment and her personal problems made her feel lonely. Environment plays a huge role in Bachmann’s gambling addiction because it motivates her to go to the casino more. “Drugs, perhaps, are like chemical electrodes. They excite that dormant median forebrain bundle, causing it to crave more and more the same way scratching a bug bite only ignites the itch” (Slater). Comparing drugs to gambling is very similar because when Bachmann is gambling she feels excited and she craves it because she wants to get away from reality. Her environment at home gave off negative vibes because her husband is at work all the time and when he got home they had nothing to talk about. Also, her father and brother won awards in song writing which gave her an impression that she is worthless because she became a
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