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I Realised This Today

I was on a website trying, as I have been for what seems like eons, to work out what is wrong with me.  My activity here today is the culmination of that work with this being my first story here.

I found an immense list of characteristics of codependent people (http://www.drirene.com/codepend1.htm) but I will list here the ones with greater interest and/or significance to me (although I could tick nearly every single one in the list):

  • Come from troubled, repressed, or dysfunctional families.
  • Deny their family was troubled, repressed or dysfunctional.
  • Have been victims of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, neglect, abandonment, or alcoholism.
  • Check on people.
  • Try to control events and people through helplessness, guilt, coercion, threats, advice-giving, manipulation, or domination.
  • Eventually fail in their efforts or provoke people's anger. 
  • Tell themselves things will be better tomorrow.
  • Feel terribly threatened by the loss of any thing or person they think proves their happiness.
  • Tolerate abuse to keep people loving them.
  • Ask for what they want and need indirectly --- sighing, for example.
  • Gauge their words carefully to achieve a desired effect.
  • Try to say what they think will please people.
  • Try to say what they think will provoke people.
  • Try to say what they hope will make people do what they want them to do.
  • Say they won't tolerate certain behaviors from other people.
  • Gradually increase their tolerance until they can tolerate and do things they said they would never do.
  • Let others hurt them.
  • Are afraid of their own anger.
  • Are frightened of other people's anger.
  • Cry a lot, get depressed, overact, get sick, do mean and nasty things to get even, act hostile, or have violent temper outbursts.
  • Have sex when they'd rather be held, nurtured, and loved.
  • Combine passive and aggressive responses.
  • Vacillate in decisions and emotions.

I find this interesting because I have always considered myself to be an extremely self-aware person.

I am strong, independent, loving and generally optimistic.

Now I am realising that many of my problems are related to this codependency and seriously passive-aggressive behaviour.  It's no wonder I've spent my entire adult life being unhappy.

Well.  At least I can start working on it now.  I wanted to go to counselling but I just can't afford it.  I'm going to a meeting of Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) next week and I will see if I think it will help me learn to correct my behaviour.

All I know is my relationships are perilously screwed and I'm on the verge of chucking myself under a bus, so something needs to be done.

I'm glad I found this website today.

TheFunHasGone TheFunHasGone 36-40, F 10 Responses Jun 30, 2009

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I can relate to this SO MUCH. I've thought I was always aware, independent etc.. but still very unhappy and relationships have always been very hard for me and my now boyfriend mentioned codependency which I never looked into because I was in denial. I've been reading into co-dependency and a lot of the "symptoms" really hit home for me and I think I've finally discovered what the issue is. I'll be working the 12 step program.

Its scary when you have had a rocky relationship for many years and always blamed the other person for most of the troubles when in fact its probably been me all along causing most of them due to my co-dependancy. I have recently become aware that I am that person. Could my husbands infedelity and lies be because of me or am I a co-dependant because of him and his ways?

i hope you guys are doing ok... thanks for your comments.

This helped me as well. i knew i was codependent but that list just explained me almost to a T.

catcat86, thanks for your comment - i'm glad it was of some help. you know i'm here if you want to talk things thorugh. xx

hi zucchini. just accepting the issues is a major step in the right direction. i am now in psychotherapy and although i've just started know that working through my past experiences and current behaviours will help me address what is wrong and stultifyed my previous attempts to progress. i decided against the aa and coda because i couldn't relate to their approaches knowing it wouldn't work for me. thanks and best wishes to you too.

This is a help for me too.:), thanks for sharing

I went to a few al anon meetings this summer for the first time. they have a list of characteristic on their website and it is free. You might want to take a look. <br />
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I myself can tick nearly every point on any list i have come across. It's so hard seeing it stacked up... but i guess it's a step in the right direction. the best wishes

thanks misstook. i'm trying, i'm trying...

i like this story a lot and it made me smile at the end.<br />
keep up your good work on yourself