Codependency is an addiction that is often difficult to recognize by those who suffer from it. Codependents typically have one difficult, painful relationships after another and cannot understand why. Though there are varying degrees of codependency, many experience emotions such as depression, hopelessness, anxiety, shame, guilt and fear.
Many codependents believe their happiness depends upon another person, a relationship, or finding the perfect spouse. They are afraid of being alone or without a relationship. Due to low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy, and poorly defined boundaries, they focus all their attention on someone they believe they can change, control or fix. Then, in denial about the reality of the desperate situations they find their selves in time and time again, they will do just about anything to make them work, denying their own needs, hopes, and desires.
Today's special guest, Darlene Lancer is an expert on relationships and codependency. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and the acclaimed author of two books, Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 STeps to Freeing the True You, as well as four other ebooks.
Today Darlene is with us to explain codependency more in depth, and to give those who suffer from it hope for recovery.
To learn more about Darlene Lancer, please visit http://www.darlenelancer.com and http://www.whatiscodependency.com