Compulsive Shoplifter Assessment
According to Terrence Shulman, an expert of retail fraud and its causes, a compulsive shoplifter can be identified by answering the following questions: Answer Yes or No, and add up how many questions you answered Yes to - if the number is seven or greater, you could be considered a compulsive shoplifter.
1. Have you ever lost time from work or school due to shoplifting?
2. Has shoplifting ever created problems in your relationships?
3. Has shoplifting ever affected your reputation or people’s opinion of you?
4. Have you ever felt guilt, shame, or remorse after shoplifting?
5. Did you ever shoplift to get money to pay debts or to solve money issues?
6. Did shoplifting ever cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
7. Did you ever experience a “high” or “rush” of excitement when you shoplifted?
8. Have you ever shoplifted to escape worries or troubles?
9. Has shoplifting caused you to have difficulty eating or sleeping?
10. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create an urge to shoplift?
11. Have you noticed you began shoplifting more frequently over time?
12. Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your shoplifting?
13. Upon stopping shoplifting, did you continue to be tempted/preoccupied by it?
14. Have you kept your shoplifting a secret from most of those you are close to?
15. Have you told yourself “this is my last time” and still shoplifted again?
16. Have you continued to shoplift despite having been confronted or arrested?
17. Do you often feel angry or feel a need for control?
18. Do you have persistent feelings of life being unfair?
19. Do you have persistent feelings of entitlement to get “something for nothing?
20. Do you have trouble speaking up for yourself, asking for help, or saying “no?
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