Codependency has many variations. Typically, it shows up through our relationships with other people. People who are codependent may have traits like low-self esteem, emotional reactivity, difficulty saying no, poor boundaries, people pleasing, a need to be liked, perfectionism, fixation on mistakes, fear of abandonment or intimacy issues. While codependents usually have good and thoughtful intentions, they can take on unhealthy roles that negatively impact their personal and relational lives. Although codependency does not qualify as a mental health diagnosis, therapy is often recommended to help a person reduce codependent behaviors and develop healthier relationships.

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