Codependency For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 1, 2012 - Self-Help - 336 pages
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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 book is 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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Contents

Introduction
1
What is Codependency
4
Who is Codependent?
7
When Relationships Hurt
9
Goals of Recovery
22
A New Definition of Codependency
29
The Core of Codependency A Lost Self
30
Characteristics of Codependents
39
Learning to Value Yourself
155
Building SelfEsteem
159
SelfAcceptance and SelfLove
165
The Skills Taking Action
169
Finding Your Voice
171
Recovery and Your Family Friends and Lovers
191
Codependency in the Bedroom
197
Going for the Gold Healing Your Past
203

So Are You Codependent?
69
Breaking the Cycle of Codependency Beginning Recovery
77
Crossing DeNile to Recovery
79
problem
83
The Process of Recovery
89
What If Youre Not a Believer?
96
How Did You Become Codependent?
97
Taking Stock of Who You Are
119
Taking Inventory
124
Can You Just Be You?
132
Nonattachment and Acceptance
133
Healing Pleasures
221
Coping with Relapse
237
Standing on Your Own Leaving Codependency Behind
249
Relationships that Work
251
Empowering You
269
Where to Get Help
285
The Part of Tens
293
Ten Ways to Love Yourself
295
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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