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I think her mother was emotionally abusive. her Mom had a strange

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I think her mother was emotionally abusive. her Mom had a strange relationship with her father and did not show much love. no boundaries for any privacy and involved in every detail of her life. what other type of emotional examples could encourage codepndency?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  TherapistMarryAnn replied 4 years ago.
Any type of abuse can encourage co dependency. The factors involved are personality of the person, type of dysfunction and how those two interact. There are really too many factors to consider to say for sure that someone will develop co dependency. But abuse is a consistent variable. Someone who is abused will have unmet needs and may feel "dependent" on their abuser for approval and validation. And if your wife suffered that type of abuse with her mother, that would explain her issues. And the fact that her mother was not emotionally available (creating the need for approval) and the amount of involvement her mother had with her, making her believe that her mother was the answer to everything because she was so domineering in her life. But if your children are not being treated the same way, the chances they will suffer the same issues are much less.

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