How do you know if you’re in a codependent relationship? Here are 5 warning signs you might be in one and what to do if you are.
What’s a codependent relationship, and how do you know if you’re in one? It is a toxic relationship pattern where the codependent partner has an unhealthy need to be needed, and the other partner, or the enabler, exploits this need by relying on their partner too much. This dysfunctional relationship pattern is common not just in romantic partnerships, but also between parents and children, other family members, coworkers, and friends.
We often unconsciously continue these codependent behaviors until we seek the right kind of support to create healthier relationships where both partners respect and honor each other’s needs.