What does it mean to be “codependent”? You’re sacrificing your own person needs in order to try and meet the needs of others and is associated with passivity and feeling of shame, low self-worth and/or insecurity. How do you know if you are codependent? One of the primary symptoms associated with codependency is people pleasing behaviors and the need for validation and approval that come from caring for and rescuing others. You may also have poor boundaries, fear of being a lone or without an intimate partner, and deny his or her desire and emotions.
Other symptoms of codependency are; perfectionism, fear of failure, sensitivity to criticism, denial of personal problems, failure to meet personal goals, discomfort with receiving attention or help from others, feelings of guilt or responsibility for the suffering of others, feeling undeserving of happiness. Codependency can be difficult to change a lone as codependent behaviors are often learned early on and reinforced over many years. Therapy can help you learn how to improve self-care, setting healthy boundaries, helping others in productive ways and learning about family patterns. Let one of out therapist help you break the cycle of dependency.