Many people have stolen in their childhood (stealing chocolate from the grocery store, stealing pencils from stationery). Usually, this behavior disappears at a later age and remains a childhood error and memory. Of course, this moral behavior (theft) in the adult has both moral and criminal responsibility.
Kleptomania is not synonymous with theft. It is a type of impulse control disorder which is a mental illness. One of the major differences from theft is the mismatch between a person’s profile. (sociocultural, economic characteristics, external aspects) and the unauthorized reception of that object. Mostly, the individual does not really need that object, they’re in a position to allow them to have the material in a very comfortable way. For example, a young woman who is a manager in a big company steals a buckle that has no financial value. Objects that are already stolen in kleptomania are usually not used, either put back in place or thrown away. Because the real need and motivation is not specifically to have that object.. This is a behavior that originates from the depths of one’s inner world and is the product of a general need for “ownership” and “saturation..
Kleptomanic people feel tension before the action, mixed with excitement and there is a distinct sense of “pleasure. After the action, they feel guilty and regret for what they did.