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Codependency vs. Interdependency

Codependent Couples

  • There may be an imbalance of power or one partner may have taken on responsibility for the other.
  • They’re often anxious and resentful and feel guilty and responsible for their partner’s feelings and moods.
  • They can feel trapped in the relationship because they fear that they cannot function on their own.
  • They can’t tolerate disagreement and blame one another for causing their problems without taking responsibility for themselves.

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Codependency vs. Interdependency

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Codependent Couples

  • There may be an imbalance of power or one partner may have taken on responsibility for the other.
  • They’re often anxious and resentful and feel guilty and responsible for their partner’s feelings and moods.
  • They can feel trapped in the relationship because they fear that they cannot function on their own.
  • They can’t tolerate disagreement and blame one another for causing their problems without taking responsibility for themselves.

Interdependent Couples

  • Interdependency requires two people capable of autonomy.
  • They share power equally and take responsibility for their own feelings, actions, and contributions to the relationship. 
  • They can manage their thoughts and feelings on their own and don’t have to control someone else to feel okay. 
  • They can allow for each other’s differences and honor each another’s separateness. 
  • There’s support for each other’s personal goals, but both are committed to the relationship.

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  • Blaming each other
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