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Co-dependence is a technical word for what people used to refer to as “battered wife/husband syndrome” where one person in the relationship completely sacrifices their freedom and well-being to take care of the other person who takes them for granted. Such people see themselves as responsible for managing the feelings of the other person. They falsely believe they are in control of the other person’s feelings and deny the other person’s responsibility for their own problems.
There is a twelve point checklist used as a guide to determine if a person is co-dependent. Let us go through this list of items one by one and see how the public school system encourages this pathological approach to relationships. Continue reading
There are two completely different viewpoints people have about emotions: whether they are under our direct control or whether other people make us feel certain emotions. The philosophical consequences of believing one way or the other have a profound impact on how we organise and structure our relationships with friends and family. Continue reading