What Does Codependency Mean?

Posted by Gray Wolf Ranch on Feb 13, 2018 9:30:00 AM

In dysfunctional relationships, people live in reaction mode, responding to each other’s attitudes, behavior, and actions instead of being guided by their own perspectives. When applied to substance abuse in the family, this tendency is called codependency: when individuals “share the responsibility for the unhealthy behavior, primarily by focusing their lives on the sick or bad behavior and by making their own self-esteem and well-being contingent on the behavior of the unhealthy family member.” Dupont and McGovern (1991).

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