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.
Codependency is grey, similar to narcissism.
Codependency has been referred to as “relationship addiction” or “love addiction.” The focus on others helps to alleviate our pain and inner emptiness, but in ignoring ourselves, it only grows.
All codependents believe that their narcissistic partner will realize their mistakes and finally give them the love, respect, and care they want and need. It just never happens.
Being desperate to have a relationship will always make the relationship a toxic one at the end.
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