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The Myth of Codependency

Holding Hands South Lake Union TherapyThe Myth of Codependency

“Dependency is not a holdover from childhood; it is constitutive of desire for a real other person.” – Stephen Mitchell.  (Author of, “Can Love Last: The Fate of Romance Over Time.)

Codependency is a term originally coined decades ago to describe the enabling relationships between addicts and those close to them.  It is still a valuable concept within that context but, unfortunately, codependency has become the cultural buzzword used to describe troubled relationships in all their myriad forms. Continue reading