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The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today's Generation | [Melody Beattie]

The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today's Generation

In Codependent No More, Melody Beattie introduced the world to the term codependency. In The New Codependency, she clears up misconceptions, identifies how codependent behavior has changed, and provides a new generation with a road map to wellness.
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Publisher's Summary

In Codependent No More, Melody Beattie introduced the world to the term codependency. Now a modern classic, this book established Beattie as a pioneer in self-help literature and endeared her to millions of people who longed for healthier relationships. Twenty-five years later, concepts such as "self-care" and "setting boundaries" have become entrenched in mainstream culture.

Now Beattie has written a follow-up volume, The New Codependency, which clears up misconceptions about codependency, identifies how codependent behavior has changed, and provides a new generation with a road map to wellness.

The question remains: What is and what isn't codependency? Beattie here reminds us that much of codependency is normal behavior. It's about crossing lines. There are times we do too much, care too much, feel too little, or overly engage. Feeling resentment after giving is not the same as heartfelt generosity. Narcissism and self-love, enabling and nurturing, and controlling and setting boundaries are not interchangeable terms.

In The New Codependency, Beattie explores these differences, effectively invoking her own inspiring story and those of others, to empower us to step out of the victim role forever. Codependency, she shows, is not an illness but rather a series of behaviors that once broken down and analyzed can be successfully combated.

Each section offers an overview of and a series of activities pertaining to a particular behavior - caretaking, controlling, manipulation, denial, repression, etc. - enabling us to personalize our own step-by-step guide to wellness. These sections, in conjunction with a series of tests allowing us to assess the level of our codependent behavior, demonstrate that while it may not seem possible now, we have the power to take care of ourselves, no matter what we are experiencing.

Punctuated with Beattie's renowned candor and intuitive wisdom, The New Codependency is an owner's manual to learnin...

©2009 Melody Beattie; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Andy Lexington, MA, USA 05-26-09
    Andy Lexington, MA, USA 05-26-09
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    "Hard to listen to"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of Codependent No More and have listened to it to help me get through some times. The speaker on that book sounds compassionate and like she understands what she's reading.

    The speaker on this book sounds like she's reading a script and her inflections throw off the spirit behind the passage she's reading.

    There may be some helpful content in this update but it's impossible to tell with the way it's being read.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Janie Little Rock, AR, USA 11-12-09
    Janie Little Rock, AR, USA 11-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Please offer with different narrator"

    I've read other books of Melody Beattie's and love them. I've listened for about an hour to this one and the information is great. However, the narrators voice is reminiscent of a controlling matriarchal character from the victorian era ---- ironic. I'm not sure I can stand her for 10 hours.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Marlon Los Angeles, CA, USA 08-21-09
    Marlon Los Angeles, CA, USA 08-21-09
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    "enlightening"

    as i was having some personal issues last summer, i decided to purchase this book to help me cope. this book addressed most of the issues i was dealing with at that time, and greatly helped me to move on. although some of the things mentioned were basically common sense, it's good to hear them in an organized manner. the narrator's voice could have been better, but it was generally acceptable, given the life lessons i got to validate through this book. highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elyse Oxford, MA, USA 11-12-12
    Elyse Oxford, MA, USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    Where does The New Codependency rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book has too many exercises for it to be totally effective as an audio book. The original "Codependency No More" was much more helpful for me. I listen to the original over and over and get something new each time. This one, I think one listen will be enough.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Baton Rouge, LA, United States 01-23-12
    Sharon Baton Rouge, LA, United States 01-23-12
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    Would you listen to The New Codependency again? Why?

    Yes, I have already listened to it again. I feel impowered and confident with how much I've grown from where I started.


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A better connection with the author. I had read the book before I ordered through you guys. When I listened to the audio I smiled and laughed in some parts, because of how similar it is to my life experiences.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Please have more of Melody Beattie's books avaliable under Audible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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