1. Entitlement: Feeling entitled to having your own thoughts, feelings, and opinions (even when others do not agree or feel the same way) is important for breaking co-dependent behaviors. Co-dependent behaviors are formed and reinforced by internal pressure to pleasing others. Therefore the co-dependent person has not developed their own identity or individuality. Working on developing an authentic sense of self and healthy entitlement increases self-esteem and self-respect, both of which act as a buffer against continuing co-dependent behaviors.
  2. Therapy: Co-dependency is a set of behaviors and beliefs about one’s self and others that forms in early childhood. Talking with a professional offers a better understanding of one’s unique reasons for developing co-dependent behaviors. Once your co-development behaviors are fully understood, it lowers the chance of developing future co-dependent relationships and increases the chances for having mutually satisfying and healthy relationships.