Are You Codependent?
Many people have heard the word "Codependent" but don't really understand what it means. Codependency is a word used to describe unhealthy boundaries in relationships. Most of the time these unhealthy boundaries begin in childhood, where the family engages in a pattern of chaotic, unpredictable, unstable, and possibly hostile behaviors.
Children who grow up in these environments learn that it's not safe to trust or even to talk about the problems. They may become their parents' caretakers, especially if they are in an alcoholic or abusive family. As a result they learn to survive in this environment, but the unhealthy patterns of relating to others follow them into their adult relationships.