Co-dependency is often referred to as a “relationship addiction” and is characterized by a relationship that is “one-sided” in terms of emotional support and is often emotionally or physically abusive. A Co-dependent will tend to have low self-esteem and may seek to gain a feeling of importance through feeling “needed” by another person.
A co-dependent will tend to:
- Take responsibility for another person’s actions
- Feel guilty when standing up for themselves
- Fear being alone or abandoned
- Have difficulty trusting others
Being a co-dependent to an addict or emotionally or physically abusive partner can be incredibly taxing on an individual. Working with a NorthPoint therapist can help build self-esteem and develop a strong sense of self. We are experienced in helping you regain your healthy self.