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Hidden Resilience:


Is learned when:

  • One’s most basic needs are not met. 

  • Basic needs include but are not limited to: 

    • Felt safety

    • Connection

    • Physical/ Material needs (food, water, clothing, shelter) 

  • Think:  Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

The drive behind the behavior:

Empty and afraid of asking or directly seeking what I need or want.

Steps to take to meet those needs:

  1. Keep them close to you.  

  2. Give their hands something to do like hold a list or push the cart or a young child can hold your hand.

  3. With a teen or adult explain the role of dopamine and help them identify other ways to get it.  

  4. Have them draw how they feel when they are entering the store.  

  5. Have them draw how they feel when they steal and identify what else gives them these feelings. 

  6. Help them find safe ways to get these feelings.

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