The following checklist helps you identify if you may have had childhood behaviors that later lead to crime and drug abuse. While not everyone who abuses drugs or other addictions has these symptoms, they are commonly found among addicts.

CHILDHOOD HISTORYBEFORE 15 YEARS OLD.

  • Bedwetting @ age 5+
  • Temper tantrums
  • Lying just for the sake of lying
  • Got angry easily. Used anger to get your way
  • Trouble concentrating, impulse control problem
  • Truancy, missing school
  • Serious misbehavior in school, suspended or expelled
  • Fighting
  • Vandalism
  • Setting fires
  • Reckless or dangerous behaviors. Daredevil behavior
  • Running away from home
  • Cruelty to other children
  • Hurting animals
  • Drug abuse
  • Delinquent behaviors. Theft, shoplifting, breaking and entering, etc
  • Juvenile arrests

ADULT BEHAVIORS

  • Using charm to get your way.
  • Using humor to get your way.
  • Impulsive. Does things without thinking about the consequence.
  • Saying what people want to hear so you can get your way.
  • Argumentive when things don’t go your way.
  • Using anger or copping-an-attitude to get your way.
  • Aggressive or explosive when things don’t go your way.
  • Bored often.
  • Moody. Irritable.
  • Lying to get what you want.
  • Lies frequently and easily. Sometimes lies for no reason.
  • Many sex partners. Many failed relationships.
  • Feels people are suckers, or stupid, and I can get what I want from them.
  • Believe that you are smarter or better than most people. Feeling people are gullible and you control them.
  • Feel that people deserve what they get; you need to take care of #1.
  • Sometimes has feelings for others, and has feelings for people close in your life, but doesn’t care about most people.
  • I get what I can from people & don’t think about their feelings – especially not strangers.
  • Doesn’t trust people. Few long-term friends.
  • Feeling you don’t owe people anything, even if you said you would do something.
  • You avoid paying for things, or doing things you promised, if you can get away with it.
  • Reckless. Thrill-seeking or daredevil behavior.
  • Fighting.
  • Problems with authority figures. (bosses, police, PO etc)
  • Job problems. Tends to walk out on jobs.
  • Serious drug abuse.
  • Repeat legal problems or arrests.

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