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  • [Read Article] Are You an Enabler and What You Can Do about It

    Enabling is a term often used in the context of a relationship with an addict. It might be a drug addict (which includes an alcoholic), gambler, or compulsive shopper.

    Published: Mon March 18, 2013


    The idea of self-love and self-nurturing baffles most people, especially codependents, who by and large, received inadequate parenting. The word “nurture” comes from the Latin nutritus, meaning to suckle and nourish. It also means to protect and f

    Published: Sat May 04, 2013

  • [Read Article] Are You Trapped and Unhappy in a Relationship?

    People give many explanations for staying, ranging from caring for young children to caring for a sick mate. One man was too afraid and guilt-ridden to leave his ill wife (11 years his senior). His ambivalence made him so distressed, he died before sh

    Published: Wed December 18, 2013

  • [Read Article] What do fish bait and family holidays have in common?

    How to Survive Family Holidays

    Published: Sat December 28, 2013

  • [Read Article] The Dark Side of Loneliness

    Many people, especially codependents, are haunted by inner loneliness. Twenty percent (60 million) of Americans report that loneliness is the source of their suffering. In fact, our emotional reaction to rejection emanates from the area of our brain (

    Published: Sun January 03, 2016

  • [Read Article] PEOPLE PLEASERS

    Everyone starts out in life wanting to be safe, loved, and accepted. It’s in our DNA. Some of us figure out that the best way to do this is to put aside what we want or feel and allow someone else’s needs and feelings take precedence. This works f

    Published: Mon June 16, 2014


    Manipulation is a way to covertly influence someone with indirect, deceptive, or abusive tactics. Manipulation may seem benign or even friendly or flattering, as if the person has your highest concern in mind, but in reality it’s to achieve an ulte

    Published: Fri August 22, 2014

  • [Read Article] Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Abandonment

    If you're discontented in a relationship or go from one to another or even remain unhappily alone, you may be caught in a worsening cycle of abandonment.

    Published: Tue March 17, 2015

  • [Read Article] After Betrayal

    It's must be cellular that men and women automatically feel humiliated when their partner cheats, even though they themselves have done nothing to be ashamed of. Too often, people feel embarrassed for their partners' behavior...

    Published: Mon February 03, 2014