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Question Strange desire to steal things - February 7th 2011, 11:59 PM

Hello, this is my first time posting on this forum. I think this is the best place for this topic, but I could be wrong.

I've been having this urge for about a month and a half now to steal things. Not big things like cars, and not stealing people's identities. No, just steal smaller things. Cash, books, basically anything lying around that I like.

It mostly just happens at school(I'm in high school). It would be so easy to get just about anything I wanted. Everyone leaves their bags unattended, sits stuff on their desks while they leave for the restroom, leave their MP3 players and jump drives in the computer while they get up to do something... It's starting to get a little difficult to resist the temptation to just open random lockers and take whatever nice things are left there in "safety". Barely anyone puts locks on their lockers as well. The only thing that actually stopped me was that there are cameras in the hallways. Even those could be bypassed if I worked hard enough. Rarely does anyone monitor them(walked into the office a few times. Room with the screens connected to the cameras is always empty), and I wouldn't look too suspicious if I just opened one.

Thankfully, I've not acted on these urges yet.

I get so excited while thinking about stealing things in class. The time just flies by while I conjure up schemes and plans on how to take things and get away with it. Just today I had formulated a plan to take a few books from the library. I had thought about when I was going to do it, and how. I had several scenarios of what could happen all mapped out. I just about went through with it, too. Finally, ten minutes before I started, that little conscience of mine chimed in. Started to realize that stealing is bad, and decided to not go through with it.

This happens every time I get ready to steal something. Come up with the plan, and just before, I start to remember that stealing is wrong. This would be all well and good, but something odd happens. I don't just move on, I start to regret not going through with it. Every time, I get upset with myself for not stealing. I then tell myself that next time, I'll definitely do it. I get into the delusion that it's not all that bad. I tell myself that since I'm not hurting anyone, that will justify my actions. And then I start coming up with my plans for my small school "heists".

Of course, taking a book or two, or a few dollars isn't the end of the world. I'm worried that if I start stealing, it will just lead to larger and more serious things. You know, things that would eventually lead me to jail time.

I wouldn't be so worried, but I get so excited and... surprisingly happy at the thought of successfully stealing something and getting away with it. Eventually, those small ten minute bursts of my conscience chiming in may fade away, and I'll just become a common thief.
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Re: Strange desire to steal things - February 8th 2011, 12:27 AM

i'm not trying to be insensitive with the short reply but i'm not going to sugarcoat it, okay?

don't steal things. even if you have the urge, just don't. lets just look at whats at stake here: it's illegal. you'll get in trouble even if you say you won't. you could ruin your reputation forever and most importantly-; those things aren't yours and it's not fair to the other people. how would you feel if someone took your things?

maybe if you started to earn money and buy your own things you'd be less inclined. maybe you just need to convince yourself out of these urges but whatever you have to do- do it.
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Re: Strange desire to steal things - February 9th 2011, 10:18 PM

Hi there.

I just wanted to say it's a great thing that you haven't acted on your urges, but that you shouldn't act on them either. Do you have a friend that you could talk this through with? They know how you think better then we do at TH, so they might be able to have more helpful ideas to getting over this then we do.

But something that you could try is writing a note somewhere [maybe even on yourself!] That says something along the lines of "Stealing = Jail". While that may sound silly, it might remind you that what you are planning on doing could get you into serious trouble.

I hope I helped, and if you ever need to talk please PM me. (:

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