Facing Codependence. Pia Mellody, Author, Pia Mellody, Introduction by, Andrea Wells Miller, With HarperOne $ (p) ISBN The Paperback of the Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody, Andrea Wells Miller. In her first book in over ten years, internationally recognized expert on dependence and recovery, Pia Mellody, shows us how to break free from harmful .

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Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives

Her repeated statements at how much mmellody bad parenting could be construed as abuse seemed excessive and unhelpfully exaggerated. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all.

Interesting info, but Codependwnce not sure what to do with it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. In this fresh new look at codependence, Pia traces the origins of the illness back to childhood, describing a whole range of emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and sexual abuses. I ended up feeling like a victim, powerless to resolve these relationship problems.

Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody

For instance, she took that people can repress memori This book focused heavily on what codependence is and how it develops.

Clear examples of real-life situations, some of which are drawn from Mellody’s own experiences, have been enormously helpful and have contributed significantly towards the accessibility of the book and the clarity facong the ideas and messages conveyed. Having said that the points pertaining to how to stop the cycle and be a better parent to your children are things codepfndence were useful and practical and made me think lots of problems in the world could be solved if there was great access to better parenting classes – before one becomes a parent – although this might do JoJo out of a job!


Published April 29th by HarperOne first published In this book, Pia describes in detail the dynamics of a co-addicted relationship, the symptoms of each partner, and the stages of addiction from attraction and fantasy to denial and obsession.

I found the author’s bias to be rather distracting at times too- the book’s main focus was on the trauma of sexual abuse, which Mellody covered in great detail and included personal experiences on.

Nicely written by a professional in the field. Keith Miller No preview available – This book covers topics about codenpendency, addiction to drugs the recovery process, how drugs affect your relationships, self help techniques, where to go for meloody support. Jun 09, Marni Tagami rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Feb 02, Lori rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of all the books I’ve read on Co-dependency, I like Pia’s books the best; after all, she is one of the major pioneers and authors who experienced and studied this personal phenomenon in human behavior.

That said, the part that resonated with me most was how our upbringing can influence the traits that we have as adults. I would be interested coddependence out about other books on codependence from the same perspective. Mellody focuses a lot time on what causes codependence figuring that by introspection, insight, realization, and submitting oneself to a Higher Power a person can get on the road to recovery.


Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody

Jan 03, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: She provides a practical recovery process for love addicts and their partners based pai Twelve-Step work, exercises, and journaling. Buy it, read it, heal. Perhaps her accompanying workbook, Breaking Free goes into how one can begin to identify and work through codependency.

I found this book tremendously useful and informative. One is that a person suddenly has cldependence of traumatic events that never happened that they now have to live with.

Facing Codependence

Light creasing to the books cover, corners, and some pages. I hadn’t wanted to read this book but it was recommended to me so I finally read through it.

Reading this book became a This brought up some sadness in me, to think about challenges I faced growing up, but it was also empowering in some sense to bring those experiences to light, as I imagine that’s the first step in the healing process.

It is essentially a handbook of “what is normal” for people raised in severely dysfunctional families. Feb 09, Ashley rated it it was amazing. Though, the direct relation of a dysfunctional childhood to an inability to meet one’s needs as a adult is laid out fairly clearly here.