Changing on the Inside (John White)

A question on the first page grips our attention: “Can human beings really change, really turn their lives around? White says “Yes … Deep and lasting change really is possible. And I don’t mean altered behavior, but a dramatic turnaround at the core of a person’s being. A change so dramatic and decisive we could call it an inner revolution. I have seen it happen.”

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Codependence

Codependence. Another term shrouded in mystery. If someone leans towards you over a cup of coffee and quietly tells you they’re codependent you probably have no idea what to say. What is codependence? The term refers to an emotional disorder where one person perpetuates the psychological problems of someone close to them. The codependent enables their cohort to continue their maladaptive ways both by protecting them from the consequences of their bad choices and by avoiding conflict with them at almost any cost. This behavior is often directed towards an addict.

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