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The Books On Codependency You Need To Read In 2019

Valuable stories and advice on how to deal with this difficult behaviour

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Codependency is a relationship in which one person enables another’s addiction, maladaptive strategies or underachievement. It’s a difficult trap to get out of, but once you realize what it is and how it works, things become easier.

We’re glad you’re here seeking to improve your own or someone else’s situation, and we have just the books that will propel you in the right direction with confidence. Don’t miss out on these invaluable books!

#1 Me And The Japanese Beauty Standards By Tomomi Tsuchio

Me And The Japanese Beauty Standards By Tomomi Tsuchio
The author talks about her insecurities. Her insecurities had her think that it was other people’s responsibilities to make her feel she was enough. Also she talked about how she overcame them in this book.

This book will help to show you that the insecurities, struggles, mistakes, and shames we face in life are expected things, that we all go through. It is not about being perfect! It is about being YOU!

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#2 The Resilient Woman by O’Gorman PhD, Patricia

The Resilient Woman by O'Gorman PhD, Patricia
Which voice will you listen to? Competing voices vie for our attention: societal messages tell us we must be nice all the time, and smile relentlessly, take care of everyone else, first, or else we are being ‘selfish’, become a care-taking machine, instead of a woman with needs, and with interests of her own.

  • Learn how women internalize ‘compulsive care-taking’ or Co-dependency, into what Dr. O’Gorman has named toxic ‘girly thoughts’, a negative self-talk that distracts us from the voice of our inner strength, our resilience.
  • Understand your which of your personal challenges are standing in your way through simple self- assessments.
  • Consciously develop your resilience by following a concrete 7 step program that will guide you in learning to make space in your life for you, forge your own best solutions to life’s obstacles, build confidence, in this way creating your own identify.

Noted Psychologist Dr. Patricia O’Gorman offers a thoughtful analysis of the causes of Co-dependency and how this is internalized into a negative self-talk she has named as toxic ‘girly thoughts’. Full of self-evaluation assessments, useful to identify your personal challenges as you begin the journey of consciously growing your resilience through a motivating 7 step program.”

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#3 From Grief to Grind by Andrea A Moore

From Grief to Grind by Andrea A Moore
In From Grief to Grind Nicole Redmond writes about the her experience with grief and codependency. She talks about how you can be codependent while in a relationship and how to identify if your being codependent.

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#4 Dissolving Co-Dependency by Dr. Paula Horan

Dissolving Co-Dependency by Dr. Paula Horan
Written by Dr. Paula Horan, an American psychologist and Reiki Master, Dissolving Co-dependency explains that we are reactive by nature. Our reactions lead to habitual behaviors and repetitive situations, because it is easier to cling to familiar territory – no matter how undesirable it may be – than it is to create change.

To dissolve co-dependency, one should first identify their core self; this is the first step to achieving independence from the co-dependent person. This book offers practical insights and meditative exercises to help the reader expand their self-awareness and set the groundwork for a new beginning.

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#5 Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody

Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody
A must read on codependency along with Facing Codependency

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#6 Healing the Shame that Binds you by John Bradshaw

Healing the Shame that Binds you by John Bradshaw
Although codependency is not mentioned in the title, this is one of the most helpful books for addressing the causes of codependent behavior.

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#7 Homecoming by John Bradshaw

Homecoming by John Bradshaw
Highly recommended along with Healing the Shame that Binds You

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#8 Family Secrets by John Bradshaw

Family Secrets by John Bradshaw
The 3rd in a sequence of very important books by Bradshaw for getting to the root of codependent patterns.

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#9 Trapped in the Mirror by Elan Golumb

Trapped in the Mirror by Elan Golumb
Amazing read with lots of great insights. Very impactful work.

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#10 Insecure in Love by Leslie Becker-Phelps PhD

Insecure in Love by Leslie Becker-Phelps PhD
Excellent book for learning about ‘attachment theory’ into this realm – which is becoming more and more relevant.

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Contributors to this article
Tomomi Tsuchio from TomomiTsuchio

Patricia A O’Gorman from PatriciaOGorman

Andrea A. Moore from The Grief Anthologist™️

Santosh Krinsky from Lotus Press

Chris Kingman from June Health

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