A co-dependent relationship is a dysfunctional helping relationship where one person's support enables the other persons addiction. One partner in the relationship's thinking and behavior is organised around the other person not enabling the other to change or develop separate from one another.
Negative co-dependent relationships are where both people require the other to be a certain way. These roles become fundamental to the dynamics of the relationship. The co-dependant will typically do anything to hold onto the relationship which is a very negative state of affairs. Each partner is aware of their specific role and the things that might threaten it. Examples include:
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