Empaths, empathy, and codependency. Have you ever wondered why these words always seem to come up in the same conversation?
Let’s make more sense of this by defining these terms first:
Empathy is the ability to share and understand the feelings of another
An empath is someone with a nervous system who is highly-attuned to the emotions and energy of others. This is someone who can literally feel and take on the emotions and energy of others (ex. I feel for you vs. I feel what you’re feeling).
Codependency is any relationship in which two people become so invested in each other that they can’t function independently anymore. Your mood, happiness, and identity are defined by the other person.
As children, empaths and HSPs tend to tune in to their parents' energy and try to adjust their own to suit their caregivers needs.
We think that our parents/caregivers happiness and wellness depends on how well we’re behaving, or how much we please them, so we start to chameleon into whatever we think will make them happy.
We end up believing that we’re responsible for their happiness and wellbeing.
So as we grow up, we tend to bring this into our adult relationships. And we wonder why we end up in codependent relationships as empaths (it all starts with things that we learned in our childhood)?
This could be things like having poor boundaries and being natural nurturers and being prone to over-giving.
We tend to absorb the energy and emotions of others around us (this makes sense why it would feel like our mood, happiness are defined by other people).
We just want to help others, but sometimes we can end up trying to “fix” everything when it’s not our job or journey to, it’s the other person’s job to do their own individual work.
We don’t want to see other people (esp. Loved ones) in pain and we have a natural instinct to want to shoulder that pain for others.
But we have to realize that we can’t take away the pain from others. It’s not our responsibility as much as it seems and feels like it is.
If you’ve ever questioned if you might be in a codependent relationship, stay tuned for this episode because I’m going to share the 7 signs that you might be in a codependent relationship.
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