Understanding Codependency

Codependency is a behavioral condition in a relationship where one person enables another person's addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement. Among the core characteristics of codependencyis an excessive reliance on other people for approval and a sense of identity(Wikipedia).

The common classic case scenario that people have used in explaining codependency is usually a person with addictive behavior.

“The alcoholic and abusive husband whose pacified by the wife who does not address the behavior that is negatively impacting her husband, herself and even their children nor leaves. Instead of standing up to the behavior, passively justifies the behavior by not doing anything at all about it.”


“The person who has a drug habit and is consistently asking for money from family members who obliges to the request knowing that giving this person money versus making them get help is supporting the drug habit that is detrimental to them.”

Codependency is not just in the context of substance abuse however.

On one end, there are other behaviors and dysfunctional patterns that a person can be enabled in.

As Wikipedia defines it as an enablement of: