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7 Ways To Make Your Relationship Less Codependent & More Interdependent

7 Ways To Make Your Relationship Less Codependent & More Interdependent

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Have Weekly Check-Ins

Have Weekly Check-Ins

A weekly check-in of pure honesty (i.e. this is where I am at, this is what I feel, and this is what actually bothers me) is a great way to keep lines of communication open and cultivate an interdependent relationship.

Get Outside Help

Sometimes turning a codependent relationship into a more interdependent one isn't as easy. For some, deeper issues can be the reason behind why they feel like they can't do or be anything without their partner. 

Therapy can be a helpful tool in working through the origin of codependency issues and addressing issues of attachment.

A Codependent Partner

A Codependent Partner

If your partner is codependent, be patient with them. 

Interdependence is usually a process of breaking with previous experiences (of being let down) and expectations (of being unfulfilled) in relationships.

Be Honest About Your Fears

Be Honest About Your Fears

You must have a conversation with your partner if both of you are engaging in codependent behaviors. 

You will need a little self-awareness on your part to realize if it is a lack of trust in your partner, yourself, or a combination of both. Deeper conversations should reassure you or your partner that your relationship is going to be OK.

Healthy Communication Rules

Healthy Communication Rules

One way to make your relationship more equal and interdependent is to make sure there is a healthy communication channel between the two of you. 

Good communication rules to keep in mind include actively listening while the other is speaking, no interrupting, and listening first without making any judgements. 

Keep Working On Yourself

Keep Working On Yourself

The key to making your relationship more interdependent is to take stock of your life. Find purpose and meaning outside of your relationship. 

Not only will it make you happier and better as a person, but it may also improve intimacy and passion in your relationship.

Codependent vs Interdependent

Codependency in relationships means being overly preoccupied with your partner to the point of losing your own sense of who you are and what you need. 

Partners in an interdependent or secure relationship put the relationship first. Not their partner.

Have Regular "Friend Dates"

Have Regular "Friend Dates"

Counting on your partner to be your person for everything can put a ton of pressure on them. 

It’s healthy to have regular time with your friends without your partner. A little time apart also creates mystique and plays into that tried but true adage that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

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