Definitions for codependency

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

co•de•pend•entˌkoʊ dɪˈpɛn dənt(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to a relationship in which one person is physically or psychologically addicted, as to alcohol, and the other person is psychologically dependent on the first.

    Category: Psychology, Sociology

  2. (n.)one who is codependent or in a codependent relationship.

    Category: Psychology, Sociology

Origin of codependent:

1985–90

co`de•pend′en•cy(n.)

co`de•pend′ence(n.)

Wiktionary

  1. codependency(Noun)

    The state of being codependent; codependence

  2. codependency(Noun)

    Something that is codependent

Freebase

  1. Codependency

    Codependency is defined as a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition; and in broader terms, it refers to the dependence on the needs of, or control of, another. It also often involves placing a lower priority on one's own needs, while being excessively preoccupied with the needs of others. Codependency can occur in any type of relationship, including family, work, friendship, and also romantic, peer or community relationships. Codependency may also be characterized by denial, low self-esteem, excessive compliance, or control patterns. Narcissists are considered to be natural magnets for the codependent.

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