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Co-dependency Malaise

Robert Burney once coined the term "co-dependent" in the 1940s and defined it as someone who depends on another person to meet their emotional needs. Co-dependency is putting somebody else's needs before your own.

Thereby, being co-dependent is hardly the same thing as simply being dependent.  A co-dependent person may feel responsible for the happiness or well-being of others — especially if they have experienced abuse or neglect growing up. 

This term was widely used in the 1950s in the context of Alcoholics Anonymous, and Co-dependency behaviour is often found in alcoholic families.

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Sexual Orientation

What is sexual orientation?

It’s more than simply identifying yourself as a male or a female; it is a complex, multidimensional concept that varies considerably from person to person.

Gender identity is a separate matter from sexual orientation.

While heteronormativity is an ideology in the assumption that everyone is straight, being the most natural, sexual orientation, lesbian, gay, and bisexual are also possible.

There are many heteronormative expectations regarding gender expression:

  • Females are generally expected to wear makeup, males are not likely to wear dresses, etc.
  • Sexual orientation is a person’s sexual and romantic preference for a particular gender or genders.
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