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What Is the Definition of Codependence?

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

Codependence is when a person has let someone else’s behavior affect him or her and is obsessed with controlling other people’s behavior.

Codependence is what happens when a child is not allowed to feel or express their genuine feelings and then grows up never learning how.

Codependence is when a person forfeits their needs either because they are too focused on others or because they simply don’t know what their needs are.

Codependence is an addiction — it is a person depending on another person because they don’t depend on themself.

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