second series 1: gambling troubles
problem gamblers: drama activities
When the 'psychologist' has finished asking the questions, switch roles.
a 'psychologist' is someone who has studied the human mind. Psychologists often work with people who have mental problems, interviewing them etc.
actors in movies or plays take the 'roles' of the characters in the play. (For example, Christopher Reeves played the role of Superman.)
an 'interview' is a formal conversation in which one person is getting information from another (a job interview for example, or an interview by a newspaper reporter). ['Interview' can be used as a noun or a verb.]
'Switch' has a similar meaning to 'change'. If A and B switch roles, A does what B was doing and B does what A was doing. ['Switch' is also a noun as in 'light switch.']
a 'depressed' person always feels sad and unhappy
an 'irritable' person is someone who gets angry very easily about unimportant things
to 'lie' is to intentionally ('on purpose') say something that is not true.
if you have an 'opportunity' to do something, it is possible for you to do it (you have a 'chance' of doing it). If you have an 'educational opportunity,' it is possible for you to go to a school or university.
a 'situation' is 'the way things are' at a particular time and place. An example of the sort of 'bad situation' mentioned here would be owing a lot of money to someone who was going to kill you if you didn't pay them.
- your 'spouse' is your husband or wife. ('Spouse' is a 'general term' for 'husband' or 'wife.' It has the same meaning as 'marriage partner.')
if you do something 'calmly' you are doing it without showing any strong feelings (without being excited, or upset )
someone who is 'defending' themselves is trying to protect themselves against an attack or criticism.
if you 'insist' on something, you keep saying it even though the person you are talking to says it is not true; or you keep asking someone for something even though they refuse to give it to you.
if you 'complain' about something you are saying that it is bad (that you don't like it)
if someone says you are doing something wrong and you 'admit' it, you agree with them that you did something wrong
'express' here means to show a feeling or emotion
if you feel 'guilt,' you feel bad because you have done something wrong [the adjectival form is 'guilty']
to 'make money' means to get money because of work you have done
a person who is 'self deceived' is someone who is telling themselves a lie (not being honest with themselves). In this case the problem gambler believes they are making money from gambling even though they are losing money. [The noun form is 'self-deception.']
'in the long run' means over a long period of time.