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Read through the most famous quotes by topic #codependency

The psyche cannot tolerate a vacuum of love. In the severely abused or deprived child, pain, dis-ease, and violance rush in to fill the void. In the average person in our culture, who has been only "normally" deprived of touch, anxiety and an insatiable hunger for posessions replace the missing eros. The child lacking a sense of welcome, joyous belonging, gratuitous security, will learn to hoard the limited supply of affection. According to the law of psychic compensation, not being held leads to holding on, grasping, addiction, posessiveness. Gradually, things replace people as a source of pleasure and security. When the gift of belonging with is denied, the child learns that love means belongin to. To the degree we are arrested at this stage of development, the needy child will dominate our motivations. Other people and things (and there is fundamentally no difference) will be seen as existing solely for the purpose of "my" survival and satisfaction. "Mine" will become the most important word.

Sam Keen

#codependency #narcissism #life

There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is 'Where am I going?' and the second is 'Who will go with me?' If you ever get these questions in the wrong order you are in trouble.

Sam Keen

#clinging #codependency #dysfunctional-relationship #howard-thurman #manhood

...I'm constantly agitated, restless - I work moments like worry beads until I see your face...

John Geddes

#love #poetry #worry #worry-beads #love

You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.

A. J. Kitt

#codependency #control #recovery #relationship #recovery

She was intensely sympathetic. She was immensely charming. She was utterly unselfish. She excelled in the difficult arts of family life. She sacrificed daily. If there was a chicken, she took the leg; if there was a draught she sat in it … Above all, she was pure. She bothered me and wasted my time and so tormented me that at last I killed her.

Virginia Woolfe

#martyr-syndrome #art

When you give another person the power to define you, then you also give them the power to control you.

Leslie Vernick

#love #relationships #love

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