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By Charles L. Whitfield

Of all of the books at the usually misunderstood idea of co-dependence, this can be most likely the clearest, so much entire and informative. Charles Whitfield is a frontline clinician who has been helping co-dependents of their therapeutic for over two decades. He has researched the literature on co-dependence, which he summarizes during this extensively learn publication. He sees co-dependence which will extra adequately describe the painful and complicated a part of the human situation. In cautious element he describes simply what co-dependence is and what it's not, the way it comes approximately, and the way to heal its painful aftereffects.

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8. A stress-induced preoccupation with another's life, leading to maladaptive behavior (Mendenhall 1987). 9. Those self-defeating learned behaviors or character defects that result in a diminished capacity to initiate, or participate in, loving relationships (Larson 1987). 10. A set of maladaptive, compulsive behaviors learned by family members to survive in a family experiencing great emotional pain and stress . . behaviors . . passed on from generation to generation (Johnson Institute prior to 1987, quoted in Beattie 1987).

At the same time, the negative ego (the most destructive aspects of the false self) attacks the True Self, thus forcing it to stay submerged, keeping self-esteem low. The child's grieving of its losses and traumas is not supported. This resulting "psychopathology" or "lesion" has been called a schizoid compromise266, multiplicity of re-pressed egos, and a splitting off of the true self672. The outcome can be a developmental delay, arrest or failure. 1. The consequences of the continued emptiness or repeated destructive behavior keep the True Self stifled or submerged.

6. A personality disorder based on: a need to control in the face of serious adverse consequences; neglecting one's own needs; boundary distortions around intimacy and separation; enmeshment with certain dysfunctional people; and other manifestations such as denial, constricted feelings, depression and stress-related medical illness (paraphrased from Cermak 1986). 7. A disease that has many forms and expressions and that grows out of a disease process that . . I call the addictive process . .

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