Copendency Articles by Lynne Namka, Ed.D.
According to Wikipedia,
codependency is unhealthy love or a tendency to behave in overly passive or excessively caret
aking ways that negatively impact one's
relationships and quality of life. Co-dependents have low self-esteem and look for anything outside of
themselves to make them feel
better. Codependency may also be characterized by denial, excessive compliance, and/or control
patterns. Read the articles below for learn more about codependency.
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- The Doormat Syndrome
Doormat behavior is a system of learned coping strategies of trying to feel good about yourself. The bottom line is poor or low self-esteem. You can literally become “hooked” into feeling good by pleasing someone else, thus continue to build codependent relationships. Doormats commonly end up feeling that their self-sacrifice is not appreciated or acknowledged. They may become bitter, viewing themselves as victims or martyrs...