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Codependency For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-09522-5
336 pages
May 2012
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Codependency is much more widespread than originally thought. You don’t even have to be in a relationship. Codependents have trouble accepting themselves, so they hide who they are to be accepted by someone else.

Codependency for Dummies is the most comprehensive book on the topic to date. It describes the history, symptoms, causes, and relationship dynamics of codependency and provides self-assessment questionnaires. The majority of the books devoted to healing and lays out a clear plan for recovery with exercises, practical advice, and helpful daily reminders to help you know, honor, protect, and express yourself.

It clarifies deep psychological dynamics that underlie codependency, yet is written in a conversational style that’s easily understandable by everyone.

You will learn:

  • How to raise your self-esteem
  • The difference between care-giving and codependent care-taking
  • The difference between healthy and dysfunctional families
  • How to set boundaries
  • How to separate responsibility for yourself and for others
  • How to overcome guilt and resentment
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Introduction 1

Part I: What is Codependency and Who is Codependent? 7

Chapter 1: When Relationships Hurt 9

Chapter 2: A New Definition of Codependency 27

Chapter 3: Characteristics of Codependents 39

Chapter 4: So, Are You Codependent? 69

Part II: Breaking the Cycle of Codependency: Beginning Recovery 77

Chapter 5: Crossing De-Nile to Recovery 79

Chapter 6: The Process of Recovery 89

Chapter 7: How Did You Become Codependent? 97

Chapter 8: Taking Stock of Who You Are 119

Chapter 9: Nonattachment and Acceptance 133

Chapter 10: Learning to Value Yourself 155

Part III: The Skills: Taking Action 169

Chapter 11: Finding Your Voice 171

Chapter 12: Recovery and Your Family, Friends, and Lovers 191

Chapter 13: Going for the Gold – Healing Your Past 203

Chapter 14: Healing Pleasures 221

Chapter 15: Coping with Relapse 237

Part IV: Standing on Your Own: Leaving Codependency Behind 249

Chapter 16: Relationships that Work 251

Chapter 17: Empowering You 269

Chapter 18: Where to Get Help 285

Part V: The Part of Tens 293

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Love Yourself 295

Chapter 20: Ten Daily Reminders 301

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Darlene Lancer, MFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, having worked with individuals and couples for 25 years. She's a consultant, author, and speaker on relationships and codependency. Find her blog and more at darlenelancer.com and whatiscodependency.com.

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April 23, 2012
Codependency For Dummies®

Codependency is sneaky and powerful. It distresses millions of people, whether in or out of a relationship. It is not limited to friends and relatives of someone afflicted with an addiction, as originally thought. Codependents are those who have trouble accepting themselves, so they hide who they are to be accepted by someone else. For those struggling with this unhealthy lifestyle, the newly published Codependency For Dummies® (Wiley, 978-1-1180-9522-5, May 2012) can help break the pattern of conduct that perpetuates dysfunctional and mentally (sometimes physically) harmful relationships.

Codependency For Dummies describes the history, symptoms, causes, and relationship dynamics of codependency and provides self-assessment questionnaires. Most of the book is devoted to healing and lays out a clear plan for recovery with exercises, practical advice, and daily reminders to help you know, honor, protect, and express yourself. It clarifies deep psychological dynamics that underlie codependency, yet is written in a conversational style that’s easily understandable by everyone.

You will learn:

  • How to raise your self-esteem
  • The difference between care-giving and codependent care-taking
  • The difference between healthy and dysfunctional families and relationships
  • How to set boundaries
  • How to separate responsibility for yourself and for others
  • How to overcome guilt and resentment
See More
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