Lack in Social Networks. Relationship of sensation-seeking, personality factors and desire in potential pathological and non-pathological gambling population evolution of the other module: Lacanian neuropsychoanalytical module integrating psychoanalytical experience and modern scientific method

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Kacor, Martin
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BA in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of social networks by integrating Lacanian psychoanalytic, neurobiological and evolutionary perspective, and to identify a personality factor associated with the Lacanian lack. Eighty participants were chosen from a sample of gambling population, where the potential pathological gamblers, identified by the Lacanian discourse as lacking subjects, represent the target group. Participants were requested to fill out the questionnaire comprising of the Gambling Desire Scale (GDS), South Oaks Gambling Scale (SOGS; Leiser and Blum, 1989), Big Five Inventory (BFI; John, Donahue, & Kentle, 1991), and The Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS; Arnett, 1994). The quasi-experiment had a two-way mixed design. The unrelated measures predictor variable was the gambling severity with two levels (non-pathological and potential pathological) resulting in division of the sample into the potential pathological group and the non-pathological group. The criterion variables for unrelated measures were the desire as measured by the GDS, sensation seeking and its two sub-items novelty and intensity, BFI factors with five levels (openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism), age and gender. The related measures predictor variables were BFI factors, age, gender, novelty and intensity. The related measures criterion variables were desire and sensation seeking. Results were analyzed by Pearson's r, multiple linear regression, independent t-test and one-way ANOV A. Findings reveal extraversion as a personality of lack and a significant difference between sensation seeking and desire. 'The Other module' is presented. It is a cognitive module based on a priori neurobiological regulation and a posteriori subjective phenomenological fabrication. It serves to unite scientific and psychoanalytical discourse.