Diagnosing and Treating Co-Dependence: A Guide for by Timmen L. Cermak

By Timmen L. Cermak

A consultant for execs who paintings with chemical dependents, their spouses and kids. With such a lot of definitions of co-dependence ,it will be tough to inform that's so much legitimate. In diagnosing and treating co-dependence, timmen cermak not just provides transparent diagnostic standards that correspond without delay with authorised psychiatric/psychological ideas but in addition describes methods of treating co-dependence that stretch a ways past present techniques.

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By Timmen L. Cermak

A consultant for execs who paintings with chemical dependents, their spouses and kids. With such a lot of definitions of co-dependence ,it will be tough to inform that's so much legitimate. In diagnosing and treating co-dependence, timmen cermak not just provides transparent diagnostic standards that correspond without delay with authorised psychiatric/psychological ideas but in addition describes methods of treating co-dependence that stretch a ways past present techniques.

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Such "negative" evidence is cited as proof that they are not co-dependent. To the CD professional, this whole process is seen as further evidence of denial, which is a prime symptom of active co-dependence. 1. Excessive reliance on denial. The denial of co-dependence and the denial of chemical dependence are virtually indistinguishable. Each represents a selective inattention to internal and external realities. Denial lies largely outside the direct control of a person's conscious awareness. It results from a deep unwillingness to experience feelings that would ensue if those forbidden realities were acknowledgedan unwillingness so deep that the mind blocks any awareness that would lead to these dangerous emotions.

When you're happy, I'll be happy. " What healthy person would accept such power? Page 16 With their options severely limited, co-dependents usually end up with people with strong narcissistic needs to feel specialsuch as active chemical dependents. Unfortunately, chemical dependents are bad bets when it comes to taking care of someone else's self-esteem. There is no one more apt to disappoint the co-dependent than the unrecovering chemical dependent. As the disease progresses, the co-dependent's self-esteem is virtually guaranteed to end up as a bust.

According to George Vaillant, writing in Adaptation to Life, the defense mechanisms we all use to lessen the distress felt in relationships are constantly maturing. , altruism and sublimation). The failure of these defense mechanisms to develop beyond the adolescent stage is frequently seen in chemical dependents and persons with character or impulse disorders. Vaillant maintains that it is an almost universal human characteristic to overpersonalize the behavior of someone with the immature defenses of projection, rationalization, and denial.

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