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8 Signs You May Have a Codependent Parent

8 Signs You May Have a Codependent Parent

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1. The Codependent Parent Has a Victim Mentality

Rather than dealing with the traumas and difficulties in their own life, the codependent parent latches onto a child and demands compensation.

2. The Codependent Parent Is Never Wrong

In a codependent parent-child relationship, the parent is always right.
 

3. The Codependent Parent Is Overly Emotional

The codependent parent has refined crying, yelling, temper tantrums, and silent treatments into an art form.

4. The Codependent Parent Never Listens

 Speaking with a codependent parent is like “talking to a brick wall.”

5. The Codependent Parent Parrots Words and Phrases

The codependent parent will find a way to appropriate the child's feelings and present them as their own, thus reversing the defensive and offensive roles in the conversation.

6. The Codependent Parent Has Mood Swings

The codependent parent will rapidly shift from one mood to another in order to avoid responsibility and guilt.

7. The Codependent Parent Must Maintain Control at All Costs

Often the codependent parent wishes to garner from their child the love and/or attention they failed to receive from their own parents.

8. The Codependent Parent Manipulates – Subtly

Examples of things codependent parents will use to subtly maintain power:
guilt trips,
the silent treatment,
passive-aggression,
withholding (of money, time, or affection),
denial of wrongdoing,
and projection, among others.

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