A great look into the topic of codependency by an awesome writer/therapist/mom!

A Gripping Life

We hear the term thrown around all the time but I suspect that most people don’t fully understand what codependency is. Why do I think this? — Because I have a hard time wrapping my head around the numerous definitions and complexity of this topic. It’s hard to discuss Codependency without bringing up family dynamics, intimacy issues, coping styles, boundaries, addictions, etc. It’s a complex topic that deserves much more than a little post but, heck, I’m up for the challenge, so here goes. I’ll try and put a dent in it. This post will be inadequate, I know, but should get you thinking and feeling.ray-and-marie


  • A dysfunctional pattern of living and problem solving developed during childhood by family rules.
  • A set of maladaptive, compulsive behaviors learned by family members in order to survive a family’s pain and emotional stress. 
  • Doing for another what they can, and should…

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  1. I’m interested in this subject, mostly because it seems that co-dependency and narcissism are closely related. Having dealt with that in a family situation, it is a subject close to my heart. Nothing was more healing for me than shedding light on the details, so I could stop internalizing what was happening. Thanks for the post.

    • Codependency and narcissism definitely have a link. I think it’s in a lot of family situations and people don’t recognize it, so good for you for talking about things instead of bottling them up! Thanks for stopping by Viv!

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