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Step 1 of 2: Ten Reasons People Shoplift
Grief and loss, to fill the void
Anger/feeling life is unfair, to get back/make life right
Depression, to get a lift
Anxiety, to comfort
Acceptance/competition, to fit in
Power/control, to counteract feeling lost/powerless
Shame/low self-esteem, to distract, be good at something
Entitlement/reward, to compensate for suffering and/or over-giving
Rebellion/initiation, to break into own identity
*Each of these reasons are touched upon in the various stories recounted in Part One of Terrence’s book Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery(2003) and are elaborated in it.