Co-dependency is also famous as “relationship addiction” because codependent people use to have a one side relationship which is emotionally destructive and abusive. It is a learned behavior and studies shows that it can be passed down from one generation to another. Co-dependent behavior is learned by watching and imitating other family members who display passive type of behavior. It is a serious emotional and behavioral problem because it affects an individual’s ability to enjoy a healthy relationship.

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Wikipedia defines Co-dependency as unhealthy tendency to behave in overly passive or excessively caretaking ways that negatively impact one’s relationships and quality of life. It also often involves placing a lower priority on one’s own needs, while being excessively preoccupied with the needs of others.


Co-dependency can be a way for the co-dependent person to gain a sense of control over their life situation. By making an effort to solve other people’s problems, the co-dependent feels a sense of accomplishment and control. Sometimes, a co-dependent solves other’s problems since they feel that they are unable to solve their own problems. A co-dependent may consistently place another person’s needs in front of their own needs due to a belief that they are not worthy. Co-dependency can develop as a coping mechanism to address a hectic upbringing. The co-dependent may have learned to anticipate and take care of the needs of volatile personalities in the home to reduce the chance of the volatile personality from exploding. Co-dependents can view it as their “moral obligation” to serve others and see this obligation. Although someone with co-dependent tendencies sees themselves as a giving person, co-dependent actions can hurt ourselves and frustrate others.

Any person can turn out to be codependent. Some research implies that people who have parents who emotionally abused or neglected them in their teens are more likely to enter codependent relationships.

People might suffer from Co-dependency as a spouse, a parent, sibling, friend, or co-worker. Usually they are called co-dependent if they are living with, or in a relationship with an addicted person or chronically and mentally ill individuals. Today the term has broadened to describe any co-dependent person from any dysfunctional family.