Codependency For Dummies

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Your trusted guide to value yourself and break the patterns ofcodependency Codependency For Dummies, 2nd Edition is themost comprehensive book on the topic to date. Written in plainEnglish and packed with sensitive, authoritative information, itdescribes the history, symptoms, causes, and relationship dynamicsof codependency. The majority of the book is devoted to healing andlays out a clear plan for recovery with exercises, practicaladvice, and daily reminders to help you know, honor, protect, andexpress yourself. New to this edition are chapters on working theTwelve Steps to recover from codependency and howtherapists/coaches/nurses are affected by codependency. Codependence is primarily a learned behavior from our family oforigin. Some cultures have it to a greater degree thanothers--some still see it as a normal way of living. Yet thecosts of codependence can include distrust, faulty expectations,passive-aggressiveness, control, self-neglect, over-focus onothers, manipulation, intimacy issues, and a slew of other harmfultraits. Codependence causes serious pain and affects the majorityof Americans--not just women and loved ones of addicts.Codependency For Dummies, 2nd Edition offersauthoritative and trusted guidance on ways to raise yourself-esteem, detach and let go, set boundaries, recognize healthyvs. dysfunctional relationships, overcome guilt and resentment, andmuch more. * Helps you break the pattern of conduct that keeps you inharmful relationships * Provides trusted guidance to create healthy boundaries, copingskills, and expectations * Offers advice for eliminating feelings of guilt, blame, andfeeling overly responsible * Explains the difference between care-giving and codependentcare-taking If you're trapped in the cycle of codependency and looking forhelp, Codependency For Dummies, 2nd Editionoffers trusted advice and a clear plan for recovery.


Darlene Lancer, JD, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in relationships and codependency. Ms. Lancer has counseled individuals and couples for 28 years and coaches internationally. She's a sought-after speaker to professionals at national conferences and in the media.


Learn to:

  • Recognize the signs of codependency
  • Stop controlling others and start caring for yourself
  • Love yourself and develop healthy relationships
  • Become more assertive and build your self-esteem

Your trusted guide to breaking the patterns of codependency

Are you trapped in the cycle of codependency? You're not alone. In this trusted and sensitive guide, you'll discover the symptoms, causes, and relationship dynamics of codependencyand how you can set yourself on a clear path to recovery. There's no time like the present to break the patterns of codependency and get your life back.

  • Discover the hallmarks of codependency and recovery get to know what codependency is, the stages of codependency and recovery, and the four basic steps to breaking the cycle and starting your recovery
  • Make a breakthrough figure out what made you codependent, heal your wounds, and work on building authentic self-esteem and self-love
  • Heal your relationship with others learn how to let go, set boundaries, accept reality, communicate effectively, handle conflict, and deal with push-back
  • Uncover strategies that support your healing find out how to move on and maintain recovery, follow your bliss, get help when you need it, and successfully work the Twelve Steps
  • Learn to love yourself discover ways to love yourself and make the most of practical daily reminders to stay on course and put yourself first

Open the book and find:

  • Where you fall on the spectrum of codependency
  • The stages of codependency and recovery
  • How codependency affects your relationships
  • Forms of denial about your own and others' behaviors or addictions
  • Places to seek help and support
  • How to build self-awareness and find your authentic self
  • Advice on speaking up and setting boundaries

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started on Overcoming Codependency 5

Chapter 1: Codependency Hurts 7

Chapter 2: Somebody Please Tell Me What Codependency Is 29

Chapter 3: Symptoms of Codependency 39

Chapter 4: Crossing De-Nile to Recovery 71

Chapter 5: So, Are You Codependent? 81

Part II: Breakthrough to Recovery Healing Yourself 89

Chapter 6: Getting Started in Recovery 91

Chapter 7: What Made You Codependent? 99

Chapter 8: Healing Your Wounds Freeing Your Self 121

Chapter 9: Welcome to the Real You 139

Chapter 10: Building Self-Esteem and Self-Love 155

Chapter 11: Finding Pleasure 177

Part III: Healing Your Relationships with Others 187

Chapter 12: Letting Go and Nonattachment 189

Chapter 13: Speaking Up 211

Chapter 14: Relating to Your Family, Friends, and Lovers 229

Chapter 15: Making Relationships Work 243

Part IV: Moving On and Maintaining Recovery 261

Chapter 16: Following Your Bliss 263

Chapter 17: Where to Get Help 277

Chapter 18: Working the Twelve Steps 285

Chapter 19: Maintaining Recovery 303

Part V: The Part of Tens 315

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Love Yourself 317

Chapter 21: Ten Daily Reminders 323

Index 329

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