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From self-sacrifice to self-love.
Sharon Martin, LCSW
A person with a martyr complex will sacrifice his or her own needs to please others, and feel trapped and victimized by other people’s demands.
Using these four strategies can help you cope with the pain of rejection.
Are you self-critical? Do you dread being alone? If so, it's time to learn how to treat yourself like a friend.
Saying "I'm fine" can be a way to avoid one's true feelings, problems, and keep from displeasing others. But it's better to acknowledge your feelings and needs.
Controlling behaviors often stem from anxiety and fear. When things feel out of control, it’s natural to want to control them in order to feel safe.
Do you have impossibly high standards for yourself? Do you beat yourself up when you make even a small mistake? Your desire to be perfect may be hurting you.
Considering other people’s feelings and treating them with kindness is something we should all strive to do. But sacrificing our wellbeing to make others happy is not.
Gaining awareness means accepting responsibility for ourselves, but not assuming responsibility for what other grown adults do.
If you want to break free from codependency, it’s important to recognize when you’re in a codependent relationship.
If you feel stuck in a cycle of unhealthy relationships, these six tips could help you end the pattern and start creating healthier, more fulfilling connections.
If you struggle with codependency or wonder if you may be codependent, learn what it is, where it comes from, and how to recover.
Sharon Martin, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in San Jose, California.