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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