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Melody Beattie

How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

4.5 (364 ratings)
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Codependent No More by Melody Beattie is a self-help guide that explores how to recognize codependency and overcome it. With practical advice and real-life examples, it offers tools for building healthier relationships and finding personal fulfillment.

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    Learn the truth about codependency – and how to take responsibility for your life.

    Codependents are reactionaries. They react and they overreact, but rarely do they make their own choices. They’re driven by other people’s problems and so avoid confronting their own. 

    These reactions are most likely learned in response to stress – for instance, the constant uncertainty of living with an alcoholic. And while these stress reactions can act as a coping mechanism, they only hurt us in the long run. That’s because, just like alcoholism, codependency is a progressive condition that doesn’t get better on its own; it only gets worse. 

    In this Blink to Melody Beattie’s Codependent No More, you’ll learn some hard truths about the nature of codependency, as well as steps you can take and attitudes you can adopt to begin traveling down the path to recovery. In time, you’ll learn to better cope with your problems, trust yourself, and actually begin to feel your own feelings instead of someone else’s. 

    In this Blink, you’ll learn

    • how to detach with love; 
    • why reacting is counterproductive; and
    • how to get over the fear of feeling your feelings.
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    What is Codependent No More about?

    Codependent No More (1986) is a modern classic that sheds light on codependent relationships. It’s filled with helpful insights into codependency and outlines some basic tools that people can use to recover.

    Who should read Codependent No More?

    • People who are compulsive caretakers
    • Those attracted to dysfunctional relationships
    • Anyone affected by a loved one’s drinking or substance abuse

    About the Author

    Melody Beattie is a pioneer of self-help literature, a former recovery counselor, and a recovering alcoholic and codependent. Her other works include Beyond Codependency and The Language of Letting Go. 

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