Co-dependency is a learned behavior that can be passed down from one generation to another. It is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship. It is also known as “relationship addiction” because people with codependency often form or maintain relationships that are one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive. Co-dependent behavior is learned by watching and imitating other family members who display this type of behavior. It sets its roots in dysfunctional relationships that do not have personal, emotional, relational or physical boundaries.
Co-dependent people often have an/a:
- Exaggerated sense of responsibility for the actions and reactions of others
- Unhealthy dependence on relationships creating fear of abandonment or rejection
- Tendency to do more than their share……..all the time
- Extreme need for approval and recognition from others
- Compelling need to control others
- Chronic anger
- Difficulty identifying feelings, lack of trust in both self and others
- Difficulty adjusting to change
- Lying or dishonesty
- Problems with intimacy/boundaries
- Poor communication
- Difficulty making decisions
- Confuse love and pity and feel the need to help or rescue others.
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