Are you having trouble fostering healthy relationships? Are you stressed, feeling drained and exhausted from giving too much in your relationships? Do you know who you are? What you need? What you like? Or do you feel that you need to be validated and approved by a partner (or any other person) to feel good about yourself?
If your life has been overshadowed by an addiction, trauma or toxic shame, you are probably fighting with an invisible enemy; an enemy that is particularly difficult to vanquish: codependency. Codependency is notoriously difficult to combat because there is no precise definition of the disorder. The signs and symptoms also differ for everyone. It is often mistaken for narcissism or other personality disorders that do not reflect the true situation. Experts say that it is a pattern of behavior in which a person finds themselves dependent on someone else's approval for their self-esteem and identity. People who suffer from this disorder tend to mask what they really feel. At other times, they are not even aware of what they are doing. This only serves to cloud the overall picture by delaying positive interventions, which, sometimes will never come.