Codependency may arise when someone is in a relationship with a person who has an addiction. The partner may abuse substances, or they may have an addiction to gambling or shopping. The person with codependency may take on a “caretaker” role for their partner.
What causes a person to become codependent?
Codependency is a learned behavior that usually stems from past behavioral patterns and emotional difficulties. It was once thought to be a result of living with an alcoholic parent. Experts now say codependency can result from a range of situations.
How does a codependent relationship start?
A codependent relationship occurs when each partner abdicates responsibility for themselves. Generally, one partner is the taker while the other is the caretaker, although these roles can switch depending on the issue. For example, one partner might be a caretaker financially and a taker emotionally or sexually.
What is co dependent behavior?
Co-dependency is a learned behavior that can be passed down from one generation to another. It is also known as “relationship addiction” because people with codependency often form or maintain relationships that are one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive.