Codependency is a circular relationship in which one person needs the other person, who in turn, needs to be needed. There is much more to this term than everyday clinginess. Codependent relationships are far more extreme than this. A person who is codependent will plan their entire life around pleasing the other person, or the enabler.
The codependent person, known as ‘the giver,’ feels worthless unless they are needed by the enabler, otherwise known as ‘the taker.’ It can come in all shapes and sizes and varying levels of severity. “Foundationally, it is due to poor concept of self and poor boundaries, including an inability to have an opinion or say no. Codependency can develop in all sorts of relationships, such as parent-child, partner-partner, spouse-spouse, and even coworker-boss.