Codependency is defined as a psychological condition or relationship in which an individual is controlled or manipulated by another because they themselves suffer from a pathological condition (typically narcissism or drug addiction). Therefore, it refers to the dependence on the needs of, or control of, another. Often it also involves placing a lower priority on one’s own needs, while being excessively preoccupied with the needs of others.

Most noteworthy is that codependency can occur in any type of relationship, including family, work, friendship, romantic, peers, and even in community relationships. Furthermore, this condition can also be characterized by denial, low self-esteem, excessive compliance, or control patterns.

Characteristics of Codependency

  • Lack of TrustHow Codependency Results
  • Controlling
  • Care taking
  • Repression
  • Obsession
  • Denial
  • Disconnected Self
  • Angry
  • Dependent
  • Relationship problems
  • Weak boundaries
  • Sex problems
  • Poor communication


Types of Codependent Relationships

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