Psychological Article: Co-Dependency Can Be Dangerous

By: Dr. Karen Turner

Co-dependency has become quite common in present day relationships. If you consider the webmasters definition of the word or refer to any expert from psychological articles, you shall find it as follows: “one needing another in a relationship which is highly addictive”. From the very early on, co-dependency has been one of the roots of many personal and professional relationships. For instance, there is co-dependency between farmers and the sellers and factory owners and workers. These types of co-dependencies have been duly accepted and considered normal and healthy. But when co-dependencies show up in personal relationships between life companions or friends, then the relationship comes under scrutiny and becomes a question of psychological “ill” health.
The reason co–dependency can become the root cause of many subsequent problems is due to the addictive nature of a co-dependent relationship. When two or more individuals are in a co–dependent relationship, the members tend to lean on each other and sometimes, this dependency crosses way over the line. According to psychological articles, it is in these situations that co–dependent relationships start to become more fragile.
For instance, Psychological articles tell us that in the situation when one of the members in the co-dependent relationship is occupied with some other work and cannot cater to the wants or desires of the other partner, the relationship starts to be strained. The other partner realizes that his wants and desires have less importance, meaning, or value for the other and thus starts to feel unwanted. Co-dependency tends to make the bonding in the relationship susceptible to rupture during this stressful situation.
Co-dependency has been seen to be the base of many different relationships in the world today. Especially those relationships in which a woman has to tolerate a lot of stress as well as difficulties, because of the woman is dependent on the male partner as she prefers not to live alone, can not afford to raise her children alone, or the culture she lives in frowns on “single” women. Thus the woman will go through a lot of trauma and sorrow due to the co–dependent relationship. Another important way in which co–dependency in the relationship can prove to be dangerous is because it can bring a high level of insecurity in the relationship. It is a normal tendency of the human mind to think about losing out on anything which is dear to it and of which they are in possession. This is why co dependent partners tend to become insecure about losing each other. Psychological articles tell us that this insecurity becomes a innate part of their relationship and makes them think and worry about various psychological fears and tensions; causing co-dependency to be a dangerous factor is a relationship.

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