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Facing Codependence What it is, Where it Comes from, How it Sabotages Our Lives : What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives - Pia Mellody

Facing Codependence What it is, Where it Comes from, How it Sabotages Our Lives

What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives

Paperback Published: 1st June 1989
ISBN: 9780062505897
Number Of Pages: 272

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Pia Mellody creates a framework for identifying codependent thinking, emotions and behaviour and provides an effective approach to recovery. Mellody sets forth five primary adult symptoms of this crippling condition, then traces their origin to emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and sexual abuses that occur in childhood. Central to Mellody′s approach is the concept that the codependent adult′s injured inner child needs healing. Recovery from codependence, therefore, involves clearing up the toxic emotions left over from these painful childhood experiences.


This book changed my life!


This book changed my life. It explains why people act the way they do and more importantly, why I act the way I do and how to change it.

Sydney, Australia


Probably everyone should read this book


provides a model of development that is stunningly elegant and has a profound ring of truth to it. Anyone thinking of having a long term relationship or children should read this book.



Facing Codependence

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"Mellody is a true pioneer...she offers tried and effective ways to treat codependency. This is a splendid offering." -- John Bradshaw, national director of Codependency TreatmentLife Plus Institute, author of Healing the Shame That Binds You and Bradshaw On: The Family.

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: How It All Beganp. xvii
The Symptoms of Codependencep. 1
Facing Codependencep. 3
The Five Core Symptoms of Codependencep. 7
How the Symptoms Sabotage Our Livesp. 43
The Nature of a Childp. 59
A Precious Child in a Functional Familyp. 61
A Precious Child in a Dysfunctional Familyp. 74
The Emotional Damage of Abusep. 90
From Generation to Generationp. 107
The Roots of Codependencep. 115
Facing Abusep. 117
Defenses Against Recognizing Abusep. 123
Physical Abusep. 137
Sexual Abusep. 149
Emotional Abusep. 170
Intellectual Abusep. 177
Spiritual Abusep. 181
Moving Toward Recoveryp. 195
Personal Recoveryp. 197
Appendix: A Brief History of Codependence and a Look at the Psychological Literaturep. 207
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780062505897
ISBN-10: 0062505890
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st June 1989
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.29