An epidemic of car-theft addiction

The psychopathology of stealing cars

Dalrymple relates (from 8:50) that he remembers reading

a very arcane, scholarly article on car theft as an addiction.

The article discussed

the circuits in the brain that might lead people repeatedly to steal cars.

Shortly after the article was published, a convict who had stolen 600 cars came up to Dalrymple and asked:

Doc, d’you think I’m addicted to stealing cars?

Dalrymple comments:

These ideas trickle down. People know perfectly well they’re junk, but they sometimes get advantages from repeating them.

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