A Need for Stealing Things
There are people who steal things dueto the fact that these things are easily obtainable this way and dueto the fact that these people are criminals. However, this is more asocial issue than a psychological one. Namely, since we are children,we are taught that stealing is bad and that we should cherish what wehave rather than take something from someone else. Some people manageto hold these moral boundaries throughout their lives while othersare incapable of doing that. However, there are children and adultswho steal things for less logical reasons. Their reasons seem to becompletely psychological and their need for stealing is quitepeculiar.
This kind of a need for stealing iscalled kleptomania. A kleptomaniac usually steals things he/sheactually does not need. Moreover, the stolen goods are often oflittle value and are of no use for the person who stole them. Still,a kleptomaniac needs to obtain things which are not his/her in orderto feed his psychological addiction and problems. Children can bekleptomaniacs too. They usually take things they do not need fromother people, places and even from their own parents. Seeming to beunable to restrain themselves from these wrongful acts, the children,once their “crimes” are discovered, usually feel ashamed and sad,knowing that what they are doing is bad throughout their childhood,even during the acts of stealing.
Reasons behind Kleptomania
One of the main reasons of having aneed for stealing unimportant things is probably the thrill of it.Namely, serotonin and dopamine levels in a kleptomaniac rise duringrisky theft situations and he/she enjoys the very moment of thistension. On the other hand, these stolen objects may be symbols formissing things in one's life. Psychotherapy is usually capable ofrevealing these mysteries behind kleptomania. Additionally, childrenprone to kleptomania have usually lost someone close to them andsearch to fulfill the emptiness inside of them through stealingthings.
This condition may be treated and thesooner a child faces psychotherapy the better. However, he/she willneed all the help possible and parents should not scorn the child.Rather, they should face the fact that this condition is hardlythe criminal act but, rather, psychological problem. Then, the child should beadministered to a behavioral and psychoanalytical treatment wherethey are usually restored to normal.