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Codependency for Dummies, 2nd Edition

Narrated by: Courtney Patterson
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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Codependency for Dummies, 2nd Edition is the most comprehensive book on the topic to date. Written in plain English and packed with sensitive, authoritative information, it describes the history, symptoms, causes, and relationship dynamics of codependency. The majority of the book is devoted to healing and lays out a clear plan for recovery with exercises, practical advice, and daily reminders to help you know, honor, protect, and express yourself. New to this edition are chapters on working the 12 Steps to recover from codependency and how therapists/coaches/nurses are affected by codependency.

Codependence is primarily a learned behavior from our family of origin. Some cultures have it to a greater degree than others-some still see it as a normal way of living. Yet the costs of codependence can include distrust, faulty expectations, passive-aggressiveness, control, self-neglect, over-focus on others, manipulation, intimacy issues, and a slew of other harmful traits. Codependence causes serious pain and affects the majority of Americans-not just women and loved ones of addicts. Codependency for Dummies, 2nd Edition offers authoritative and trusted guidance on ways to raise your self-esteem, detach and let go, set boundaries, recognize healthy vs. dysfunctional relationships, overcome guilt and resentment, and much more.

©2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

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This book feels like a massage to the codependents

Listening to this book felt like listening to my life story! It is so helpful and empowering. I loved both the material and the narration! I highly recommend it!

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  • 08-22-19

This book changed my life

The narration is a little annoying because of the way that the ‘remember’ and ‘warning’ and ‘self discovery’ headers are announced, but once you accept this bizarre irritation you can ignore the delivery and focus on the content. It is without doubt an amazingly self-empowering book.

I can say that this book has truly changed my life - it has helped me to reflect honestly on my life, behaviour and decisions and hence my role and expectations in relationships.
Since working through this book, I have developed an ability to cope with, manage and diffuse my anxiety and I feel like a massive weight has been lifted that I didn’t even realise I was carrying before! I am hopeful about the future and look forward to working on putting these values and new boundaries into practise that I have learned from the book. I would recommend you try it even if you’re not sure - there’s bound to be at least something in here that will help you to better understand yourself and to help you to build up your self esteem. This in turn will help you to be more present and authentic in relationships of all kinds.