From Codependence to Intimate Partner Violence and Everything In-Between

Melodie Beattie brought the concept of codependence to the forefront of our consciousness in the 1980’s with her bestseller “Codependent No More.” Codependent relationships may be defined as a type of dysfunctional relationship where one person supports or enables another person's addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement. Among the core characteristics of codependency, the most common theme is an excessive reliance on other people for approval and identity. Although it is not always immediately obvious how the co-dependent in the relationship is also getting his or her needs met, there is some perceived secondary gain at stake which makes it difficu

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