Codependency is the leftover, unhealed, unfinished wounds of our past, where we did not develop enough on the inside to feel safe, whole, and self-generative.
How love or unloved we feel as children deeply affect the formation of our self-esteem and self-acceptance. It shapes how we seek to love and whether we feel part of our lives or more like an outsider.
“All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the [person] to which we are attached by love.” -Baruch Spinoza
Codependency is a dynamic where one or both persons in the relationship feel an excessive and unhealthy responsibility for the other person’s life.
When your head says you need to break up a relationship or you need to move on from that broken relationship but your heart is pulling you back and flooding you with guilt over it.
If you are a caring and empathic person but you are not taking responsibility for your own feelings of inner worth, you might be vulnerable to a relationship with a narcissist. Discover how you might be able to know a narcissist in advance of getting involved.
Is it possible for any relationship to be the sole source of emotional fulfillment? You partner cannot meet all aspects of your emotional needs.
We lose ourselves gradually in small imperceptible ways. It can start with romance, when it’s normal to want to please our loved one and spend much of our time together.
Codependency is based on false, dysfunctional beliefs that are learned from our parents and environment. Recovery entails changing those beliefs, the most damaging of which is that we’re not worthy of love and respect.
In one of the most psychologically recognized toxic relationships, one partner craves intimacy while the other becomes uncomfortable when things get close.