Consider if you have a history of abuse.
Another common situation that leads to codependency is a history of abuse. In these situations, if you have been abused, you may become codependent as a way to deal with the trauma of the situation. You may suppress emotions and needs in these abusive situations in favor of focusing on other’s needs.
- This abuse may have happened during your childhood and continued without intervention from your family. This can also happen in codependent familial relationships.
- This can be emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.