May 1, 1975

Thefts without motive of gain as a psychopathologic syndrome (author's transl)

Fortschritte der Neurologie, Psychiatrie, und ihrer Grenzgebiete
B Pauleikhoff, D Hoffmann

Abstract

Thefts without motive of pain have been known since the early 19th century. But the problem has not been solved. While they were formerly considered a mental disease, today they are not seen as something special. But they still happen. Only a small percentage of common shop-lifting can be called a psycholopathologic syndrome. Many explanations and analyses have been published which are discussed in detail. In a group described here comprehensively difficult marital situations full of conflict, marital sexual frustration, depression, physical and mental exhaustion and aggressive and suicidal tendencies are found. Theft appears to be closely connected with these. But the pattern of motivation and causation is by no means stereo-typed. In order to clear up such actions one will have to consider as exactly as possible the biographic connection and what happens during the act - quite apart from somatic conditions. Present assessment in reports is totally unsatisfactory. To clear up the controversial questions is urgently necessary.

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Schizophrenia
Mental Exhaustion
Social Behavior Disorders
Psychopathology
Mental Fatigue
Oral Sex
Depressive Symptoms
Kleptomania
Lassitude
Motivation

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