Caretaking – Many co-dependents may feel responsible for others and feel compelled to help others, often neglecting their own needs in the process.
Low self-worth – Many co-dependents may have a low self-esteem and continually look to others for approval and validation to help them to feel better about themselves.
Repression – Many co-dependents have developed the habit of suppressing their genuine feelings through fear of how others may react.
Obsession – Many co-dependents have a tendency towards anxiety and worry, either worrying about their own lives or future and/or worrying about others.
Controlling – Many co-dependents feel the need to be in control in their lives as they have a fear of what may happen if they lose control.
Denial – Many co-dependents can be in denial of the reality of their situation in that they may not be able to acknowledge or recognise any dysfunction occurring within or around them.
Dependency – Many co-dependents can feel dependent on others or external situations for their feelings of happiness rather than feeling content within themselves.
Poor communication – Many co-dependents may have difficulty expressing their genuine feelings to others, often through fear of how they may react.
Weak boundaries – Many co-dependents have a high tolerance for inappropriate behaviour and find it difficult to be assertive and say no to others.
Lack of trust – Many co-dependents have difficulty trusting themselves and their feelings and trusting others.
Anger – Many co-dependents feel afraid of expressing their anger and repress their angry feelings.