Thursday, March 20, 2014
I am not sure these are the latest and greatest, but they are useful for a quick overview of the concept.
Symptoms of Codependency | Psych Central: "The term codependency has been around for almost four decades. Although it originally applied to spouses of alcoholics, first called co-alcoholics, researchers revealed that the characteristics of codependents were much more prevalent in the general population than had been imagined. In fact, they found that if you were raised in a dysfunctional family or had an ill parent, you’re likely codependent."
New Patterns of Codependency: "These patterns and characteristics are offered as a tool to aid in self-evaluation. They may be particularly helpful to newcomers."
How to Tell if You Are Codependent: 12 Steps (with Pictures): "Although an understanding of Codependence is difficult to condense into a definition, a good working definition of it might be, "Underdeveloped self esteem (dysfuncational boundaries) combined with an inappropriate caring for others (invading a boundary), and an inappropriate reliance on another's response (having poor boundaries), in a negatively reinforcing loop". In Codependency for Dummies Darlene Lancer defines it as someone "who can't function from his or her innate self, and instead, organizes thinking and behavior around a substance, process, or other person(s)," thus all addicts are included. Codependents are caring people, and there is nothing wrong with nurturing; we are meant to be interdependent. Just a little self-examination, and redirection, may have you on a more fulfilling path."
Welcome: CoDA Home Page: "Welcome to Co-Dependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships."