28 "Effects of Disapointment"

This was my luck.
This was my luck.

So near, yet so far.

Effects of Disappointment

Ask yourself, "Do I feel lucky?"

I enjoy watching game shows on TV. But I just wonder what kind of possible psychological problems some people go may encounter sometimes, especially on the show “Deal or No Deal’. I realize that these people go on this show hoping to win a lot of money and knowing that there is always the possibility of winning very little.

I have seen this show when the contestant picks their case and keeps saying that their case has the million in it. Then when the million is revealed and they keep saying their case has the next high number in it. They are so positive. That has to be one of the most ridiculous parts of the show.

What I have always wondered is the part where the contestant is offered say $60,000.00 and turns it down. Then they open cases with small numbers and the offer goes up to $100,000.00 because the million and other large amounts are still there. Say they then open several really small numbers and they get to an offer of $640,000.00. They keep telling themselves that they know the million is still in their case. It just has to be. Then they open a couple of cases with large amounts in them. The offer drops to about $520,000.00. There is still that million in their case. Another round and they have a string of bad luck and the cases that are opened are all large numbers including the million. Anyway, what I am getting at is the fact that I have seen it when they had an offer as high as $750,000.00 and turned that down. Then they were still so sure they had the largest amount on the board in their case. They ended up playing to the point where they walked away with a very small amount. I have seen one that walked away with $1.00. There was on that walked away with $5.00. I read somewhere that those people put the $1.00 and $5.00 bills in a frame.

Anyway, the whole idea of my article has to do with how people have handled it later in life. I know that there have to be times when they look back and say to themselves, “Gee, if only I had taken that bigger offer, I wouldn’t be where I am today”. I know that some of the people I read about had decent jobs. But what about someone that passed up the big money and then found out that where they worked was going out of business or they were getting laid off. Not everyone has the mental capacity to handle that kind of trauma psychologically.

I am just wondering if anyone has heard of someone that may have gone through any of this. Most of the contestants seem to handle it pretty good at the time. But there are some on there that make it known that they really need the money. If they didn’t win at least a good sized amount, how did they handle the loss? Some of them had family that would tell them to keep going and then lose it all or a very large amount. Are these people still friends or are some of them even still married?

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Jan Fowler 5 years ago from Valencia, California

This article raises a very good question. And it doesn't always have to be a game show. What if you joined a business hoping to be one of the top earners but you just never really make it. Sometimes losing a large investment of cash, at least on a game show all that is at stake is your pride and some time. I do not know anyone personally that has "lost" like this and been that dissappointed on a game show but I will follow these comments to see if anyone does and what became of them. Thanks for this thought provoking hub.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Jan, Thank you for the comment. I have thought about this for a long time and wanted to get the word out to see if I could get any responses. Now, HubPages make that possible. I just know that not everyone has the same constitution in order to handle this. It's not so much the loss at the time as it is how the hind sight might effect that person. The "If Only" that will hit at a later date. Thank you again. Greg


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

So important an issue. The truth is contentment would be enough to guide a sound man into making the right decision. But for those who continued to hope to win millions even when offered $750,000 and later loss it for $1. Some commit suicide while others forever regret the moment


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Interesting topic. It is a very public disappointment that these people go through and embarrassing to make the wrong choice and people probably comment about it to them all the time. All someone has to do is offer me 60k and I am taking it, no questions asked. But, then I have a lot of debt and very poor, so I could use some money, any money.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi TFN, Thank you. Irealize it would be a hard choice. When they have $100,000 in hand and choose to take a chance and go on for more saying "I came with nothing, no big deal if I leave with nothing" and I bet the ones that lose kick themselves many times over. Greg

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