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It's true that many codependents are involved with narcissists; however, many narcissists are codependent. They both share similar traits of shame and low self-esteem, control, denial, dependency on external validation, intimacy issues, dysfunctional communication. In fact, a study showed that there was a significant correlation between narcissism and codependent traits. Usually the codependent and narcissist are equally dependent on one another - though it may not look that way to outsiders. It's a disease of a loss of self. Many codependents aren't involved with addicts or someone with a pathological condition, but are still have the symptoms of codependency. My definition of codependency includes both: It's someone who can't function from their innate self, but instead organizes their thinking and behavior revolves around another person, substance, or process. Darlene Lancer, LMFT Author of "Codependency for Dummies" ****whatiscodependency****
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Thank you for such an informative and well written article. I learned some things and plan on sharing it with a friend who just ended a relationship with a narcissist.
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