As promised, here is the post on the first element of postulate one, as it relates to the lifestyle offender - irresponsibility. In this previous post on offender therapy, I discussed Postulate One of understanding the “lifestyle Criminal,” as discussed by Glenn Walters. In the first postulate, Walters cites four main areas that are the key to understanding the lifestyle criminal. Number one: A global sense of irresponsibility.
As Walters points out, we’ve all been irresponsible at times. We are sometimes late for work, or don’t go and exercise like we planned, or we forget to have our kids brush their teeth before bed (although in my case, my kids will remind me, and do so in such a way as to ask, “Why, how can we possibly get into bed? We haven’t brushed our teeth. Our teeth!”). To err, after all, is human (I think some guy said that once). Anyway, people aren’t 100% responsible.
For lifestyle criminals, on the other hand, irresponsibility is a lifetime pattern. In virtually every area of life, the common thread is to fail to live up to obligations, be it finances, health, marriage, kids, school, work, friends, aor anything else. Just as important, the lack of responsibility is compounded by the individual’s lack of accountability for their actions, so therefore there is never any progress towards greater responsibility. Nope, the lifestyle criminal consistently neglects their obligations to others, including social, financial, moral, or what have you. The irresponsibility is both global and chronic, unlike other individuals who may have an area of weakness, but also demonstrate adequate (or better) responsibility in other areas. Further, their chronic unwillingness to live up to their responsibilities is an ever-present source or aggravation to those who depend on them. It is also this characteristic that makes the lifestyle criminal so unpredictable, their life so chaotic - you just can’t count on them, for anything.