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Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding Newsletter 

April 2013 -- Happy Passover and Easter!


   Serving People 
Since 1992!



Quotes of the Month: 


"There's only one thing more painful than having to learn from your difficult life experiences and that's not learning from your difficult experiences.  -- Archibald McLeish



"Real change requires the end of the world as we know it, the loss of identity, the end of safety. At these moments we cling to what we know and what we think we have. Yet, only when we surrender our long-cherished dreams, without bitterness or self-pity, do we set ourselves free for higher dreams and greater privileges."--James Baldwin



Stats/Facts of the Month


"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."--Albert Einstein


Even if you steal money or objects of value, you are supposed to report this as income on your tax return!


The first e-filing of taxes took place in 1986!


Car accidents have jumped consistently by 6% on Tax Day so watch out!


The IRS employs approximately 114,000 people--twice that of the CIA and five times more than the FBI!


The earliest known form of taxes was levied 4,500 years ago in Mesopotamia in the form of livestock which was the currency of the times.



Persons of the Month 



March is Women's History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.


Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week."  


Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women's History Week."  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as "Women's History Month."  


Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women's History Month." 



Book of the Month:


A Stolen Life:

A Memoir

by Jaycee Dugard 

(2011 Simon-Schuster)


For any who have felt something was stolen from you in life, this is the incredible memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped at age 11 and held captive over the next 18 years. Here's an excerpt:


In the summer of June of 1991, I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother that loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen.


For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation.


On August 26, 2009, I took my name back.


My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don't think of myself as a victim. I simply survived an intolerable situation. 


A Stolen Life is my story--in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.



Film of the Month:


"Klepto" (2013)

Written/Directed by 

Claudio Carvhal


In Los Angeles, Emily Brown is a kleptomaniac and addicted in pills that misses her father and is having therapy sessions trying to resolve her compulsion. She has a record in the police for shoplifting, and her mother Teresa is a compulsive shopper. The security guard Nick of the Bernstein's department store sees Emily through a camera and becomes fascinated for her. When Nick gets in trouble dealing ecstasy, he presses Emily to help him in a robber of Bernstein.


A somewhat cheeky and superficial look into the kleptomania but the film has its moments.

See YouTube for clip.




The Shulman Center on the move and in the news...  


March 27, 2013--Mr. Shulman is quoted in an article on shopping addiction in Business Insider online. See Article


March 28, 2013--Mr. Shulman is quoted in an article on shopping addiction in The Daily Beast online. See  Article


April 1, 2013--Mr. Shulman is quoted in an article on shopping addiction in Everyday Health. Se


April 10, 2013--Mr. Shulman has penned the "Foreword" for upcoming book Shoplifters: Are They Out of Control? by California forensic psychologist John C. Brady.


April 11-12, 2013--Mr. Shulman will be attending the Michigan Social Workers Annual Conference in Lansing, MI and will be networking about his work.


April 13, 2013--Mr. Shulman will co-present on relationship issues at the half-day mini-workshop "Living Recovery in an Addictive World" in Ferndale, MI.


April 2013--Mr. Shulman has an article about honesty in the workplace in the Jack Hayes International quarterly newsletter.


October 4, 2013--Mr. Shulman will be have a booth at the Annual Royal Oak, MI Health Fair. 


October 7-9, 2013--Mr. Shulman will be presenting on employee theft at The 3rd Annual Lifestyle Intervention Conference in Las Vegas, NV.


October 25 and October 27, 2013--Mr. Shulman will be presenting 2 all-day seminars on compulsive theft, spending and hoarding at Jewish Family Services in West Bloomfield, MI.





From Slavery to Freedom, From Death to Rebirth


As most of us slough off the winter snow and delight in the new buds of spring, Passover and Easter remind us of the triumphs of breaking free and being reborn. You don't have to be religious to embrace these vital themes and journeys.

This is a great time to ask ourselves the following questions:

What did I learn during my winter slumber? 

What have I been enslaved to and how am I finding new freedom from this?

How have I recently died (symbolically) and who has this process given rebirth to?

During my winter slumber I found myself unexpectedly busy and fruitful these last three months of 2013. So much so that I hardly got to enjoy much winter's slumber!


What does it mean to be free? According to Buddhist teachings, spiritual slavery is borne of an over-involvement with our egos and an oppressive attachment to worldly goods, pursuits and relationships. But, as it was for the Israelites in Egypt and Jesus on the cross, deliverance is possible. But we must work out our liberation with diligence--that's where recovery comes in...


In Buddhism, to achieve such self-liberation is to achieve enlightenment, or nirvana, a state of clarity and release from suffering. Few people have found this enlightenment and, so, for most the quest continues through a constant cycle of death and rebirth (whether figuratively or actually in terms of reincarnation). 


In much the same way that we continue to learn and grow through therapy, recovery and other self-development work, each year we celebrate Passover and Easter (as well as the transition from winter to spring), as a reminder of the story of death and rebirth, slavery to liberation.

For those who've wandered "40 years" between enslavement and freedom (how many have been in their addictions that long!) and those who have felt crucified and resurrected and those budding flowers of spring both delicate and strong beyond measure, we face the cycle of the seasons within and without. We must grow, we must move toward freedom and toward rebirth. It is our calling and destiny.





Theses are the proposed criteria for hoarding disorder in the forthcoming (May) DSM-5:


A. Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with personal possessions, even those of apparently useless or limited value, due to strong urges to save items, distress, and/or indecision associated with discarding.


B. The symptoms result in the accumulation of a large number of possessions that fill up and clutter the active living areas of the home, workplace, or other personal surroundings (e.g., office, vehicle, yard) and prevent normal use of the space. If all living areas are uncluttered, it is only because of others' efforts (e.g., family members, authorities) to keep these areas free of possessions.


C. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning (including maintaining a safe environment for self and others).


D. The hoarding symptoms are not due to a general medical condition (e.g., brain injury, cerebrovascular disease).


E. The hoarding symptoms are not restricted to the symptoms of another mental disorder (e.g., hoarding due to obsessions in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, lack of motivation in Major Depressive Disorder, delusions in Schizophrenia or another Psychotic Disorder, cognitive deficits in Dementia, restricted interests in Autistic Disorder, food storing in Prader-Willi Syndrome).*


Specify if:

With Excessive Acquisition: If symptoms are accompanied by excessive collecting or buying or stealing of items that are not needed or for which there is no available space.


Specify whether hoarding beliefs and behaviors are currently characterized by:


* Good or fair insight: Recognizes that hoarding-related beliefs and behaviors (pertaining to difficulty discarding items, clutter, or excessive acquisition) are problematic.


* Poor insight: Mostly convinced that hoarding-related beliefs and behaviors (pertaining to difficulty discarding items, clutter, or excessive acquisition) are not problematic despite evidence to the contrary.


* Delusional: Completely convinced that hoarding-related beliefs and behaviors (pertaining to difficulty discarding items, clutter, or excessive acquisition) are not problematic despite evidence to the contrary.



Honesty is its own reward.--Anonymous


Walk in peace.



The Shulman Center 2013 Events Calendar 


Ongoing ...


The Baton Rouge, Louisiana court system has a court-ordered, facilitated educational program for retail fraud offenders. The program is based on material from Mr. Shulman's book Something for Nothing: Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery.


Mr. Shulman created a 1-hour employee theft online course with360 Training. Learn why people steal from their jobs, how to deter it, prevent it, and what to do when confronted with it. Enroll at:


Mr. Shulman created an online continuing education course on compulsive shopping and spending called Bought Out and $pent! based on his book and Power Point presentation. The course, CEs offered, through The American Psychotherapy Association. at:





Tom Lietaert of Sacred Odyssey and the Intimacy with Money programs offers individual money coaching as well as various group workshops on money. Check out Tom's two websites at: /



Gary Zeune of Columbus, Ohio has been a friend and colleague of mine for nearly two years. He has been a consultant and teacher on fraud discovery and prevention for nearly 30 years. He is interviewed in my book Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding. I recently saw Gary in action recently when he presented an all-day on fraud to metro-Detroit accountants. 



If you're a therapist and wish to be trained & certified in the assessment/treatment of compulsive theft, spending and/or hoarding, CONTACT THE SHULMAN CENTER NOW! See:



I recently was told about a website resource that lists strategies for cleaning and de-cluttering and sells various books and products that help with this; so, I'm passing it along... See:




Mr. Shulman's books

available for purchase now!




Something for Nothing: 

Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery (2003) 

See also:






Biting The Hand That Feeds 

Biting The Hand That Feeds:

The Employee Theft Epidemic... New Perspectives, New Solutions (2005) 

See also:





Bought Out and Spent 

Bought Out and $pent! 

Recovery from Compulsive $hopping/$pending (2008) 

See also:





CLES cover 

Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls: 

Compulsive Stealing, Spending and Hoarding (2011) 

See also:




Contact The Shulman Center:


Terrence Daryl Shulman, JD, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, CPC  


The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding


P.O. Box 250008 

Franklin, Michigan 48025




Call (248) 358-8508 for a free consultation!



Our Web Sites:

The Shulman Center

Shoplifting Addictions

Kleptomaniacs Anonymous

Something For Nothing

Shopping Addictions 

Shopaholics Anonymous

Bought Out and Spent 

Employee Theft Solutions

Biting the Hand that Feeds

Hoarding Therapy

Hoarders Anonymous


Books by Terrence Shulman: 


Something for Nothing:Shoplifting Addiction and Recovery

Biting The Hand That Feeds:The Employee Theft Epidemic

Bought Out and $pent! Recovery from Compulsive $hopping and $pending

Cluttered Lives Empty Souls: Compulsive StealingSpending and Hoarding


All book are available for $25.00 each (includes shipping and handling).