One of my coworkers was disturbed by yesterday's post. She raised some valid concerns. First, I don't believe that all shoplifting is pathological. It's always antisocial, but there's a big difference between kids testing boundaries and developing their consciences and their sense of morality with what Winona Ryder and Claude Allen are alleged to have done. Such conduct is performed in spite of conscience (if it still exists) in an attempt to destroy it. It's proto-psychopathological, degenerate behavior.
I wonder if strong families help guard against this kind of degeneracy. More responsibility towards others may turn one aside from morbid internalization. Just a thought.