patterns with codependencies

I have never understood what Codependent meant.

Here is the definition from this self-help book which is a world sensational revised edition of Codependent No More written by Melody Beattie.

“A codependent person is one who has let another person’s behaviour affect them and who is obsessed with controlling that other person’s behaviour.”

Melody Beattie

I did not live with an alcoholic or drug abuser but I did live with special needs children. I quit my job and I was going to control and fix my children’s hearing impairment by forgetting about myself and delving into being a super woman caregiver.

Codependency is like a pattern that repeats itself until you get help.

Now I understand what it means as I have known several people that confused me with their “staying” power of care for someone elses’ challenging issues.

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