2. Characteristics of Kleptomania

Unlike most shoplifters, individuals with kleptomania are not stealing for personal gain. Because the urge is spontaneous, it rarely involves co-conspirators, and there is no premeditation. Most people with kleptomania steal items from public places, though some steal from family or friends. Usually, the stolen items hold no value for the individual. Because of this, they might stash the items away, give them to others, or secretly return them. The urges often follow a cycle, with the feelings varying in intensity over time.

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