The Difference between Dependency and Codependency

It’s normal and healthy to depend on others. Codependency, however, is very different than the type of dependency found in well-functioning relationships.
What is interdependency?
Humans are social beings and we’ve always lived in communities and relied on each other for our survival. So, there’s nothing wrong with needing others, relying on others, and asking for help. Healthy dependency, otherwise known as interdependency, involves a mutual give and take; both...


A People-Pleaser’s Guide to Compromise

Compromise, of course, is an important part of caring relationships. But people-pleasers are quick to abandon what they want or need in order to make others happy. We tend to sacrifice and compromise, sometimes without realizing we're giving up what's important to us. In fact,...


How to Stop Being So Controlling and Accept Uncertainty

Most people appreciate the advantages of an efficient routine and having things go according to plan. But some people get highly stressed, upset, or angry when life takes an unexpected turn – whether it’s an accident on your way to work or something as minor as your kids leaving a big mess in the kitchen.

Yes, some of us are “control freaks” who...


How to Stay Motivated When Personal Growth Is Slow

Whether you’re healing from a traumatic event, coping with yet another depressive episode, or trying to become a better parent, you know that progress rarely happens in a straight line.

Intentional growth and healing are the results of hard work – often over an extended period of time. Positive changes don’t “just happen” and time alone doesn’t heal all emotional wounds....


Why Moving on from a Codependent Relationship Is so Difficult


Have you broken up with your significant other, but can’t seem to completely let go?

Are you struggling to end an on-again-off-again relationship once and for all?

Are you trying to figure out how to move on from a codependent relationship?

It’s normal to feel conflicted about whether you should end a relationship --- whether it’s a romantic relationship, friendship, or with a...


How to Make this the Best School Year Yet

Are you gearing up to send your kids back to school? Or perhaps you're going back to school yourself -- as a teacher or student.  The start of a new school year feels like a fresh start and a natural time to get organized and create new habits to help your life run more smoothly. In this post, Dr. Caitlin Faas shares some tips to help you overcome procrastination, stay motivated, and defeat perfectionist thoughts. And even if...

Adult Children of Alcoholics

15 Signs You Have Toxic Parents

No one has a perfect relationship with their parents or in-laws.

If you’re lucky you have a positive and healthy relationship with your parents most of the time. Unfortunately, for some people – those with toxic parents – this isn’t possible. No matter how hard you try, you can’t have a mutually satisfying and respectful relationship with people who...

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