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Codependent and Unhealthy Helping Mindtraps Personality and Relationships Made In Codependence Hell Parents of Grads, Beware of the Enabling Zone What you describe is enabling - one aspect of codependency.I refer to the differences between healthy caregiving and codependent caretaking in Codependency for Dummies. In fact, all addicts, including many single people, are codependents and also the one receiving help.
In many healthy relationships we do things to make the other person’s life easier or pleasant and they do the same for us—even though these are things we could both do for ourselves.
Popular definitions of codependence are so broad that Jesus would be classified as codependent.
The meaning (and usefulness) of the codependence concept is diluted by these broad definitions.
While it’s true that some dysfunctional helping relationships are indeed codependent, and it’s also true that codependence may arise from some of your personality traits, be cautious in your adoption of the co-dependent moniker.
Or at least don’t wave it around like a flag of fate (“I’m codependent and I can’t help myself because that’s just what I do! And keep in mind that dysfunctional helping is complex.