Codependency: The Impact Of Our Beginnings

Dr Nicholas Jenner

Think about the following situations and the resulting behaviour :

  • A text message from your partner’s former lover sends you into a spiral of rage, insecurity and self-doubt. They reassure you but you are convinced they are cheating.
  • You want to change your job but fail to apply for a new onebecause you are convinced that you are not good enough to get it.
  • You allow people to walk all over you because you are not assertive and like to avoid conflict, resulting in regret and self loathing.
  • You are in a dysfunctional relationship but cannot find the courage to leave….fearing what might come next.

These situations are typical of the way many people live their lives. For them, this is normal. They feel that this is their lot..they don’t deserve anything better. When we look for the reasons for this, the past and especially upbringing is the first place…

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