When you’re discouraged or weighed down with negative thoughts, there are several things you can do.
Women are more prone to this than men.
Healthy boundaries are essential in recovery from codependency.
I didn’t realize the price of being a chameleon until I started recovery and my journey of individuation. By then I was dead inside. I’d spent years adapting to abuse and belittling that I’d absorbed.
Living with an addict takes a toll on families and makes preoccupation with a loved one’s suffering inevitable.
You may be trauma-bonded and have become dependent on and addicted to your partner’s attention and validation.
Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender.
Giving up a false self often involves facing one’s vulnerability, fears of dependency, and the loss of the illusion of self-sufficiency.
A narcissistic mother who cannot empathize damages her children’s healthy psychological development. Like Narcissus in the Greek myth, she sees only a reflection of herself.
The core problem in relationships with narcissists is that they prioritize power and sacrifice the relationship to get it, while their partners prioritize the relationship and sacrifice themselves to keep it.
Being around high-conflict people (HCP) is stressful and draining.
A narcissistic parent behaves as they imagine themselves to be—the king or queen of the family, or someone whose activities are more important than being part of the family.
When your nervous system has been primed by trauma, you can overreact to perceived “dangers” that aren’t life-threatening.
We suffer when we don’t live our truth and our values. When we do, we illumine our authentic Self.
They hide it behind their abuse and bluster, their braggadocio, and their arrogance.
Recovery from codependency requires ongoing maintenance in or out of a relationship.