Codependency: an excessive preoccupation with the lives, feelings, and problems of others.
Yikes, isn't that called altruism in social work? My hypothesis is that social workers were groomed by families of origin to take care of others. When we realized we could get paid for doing what we do best, we applied to an MSW program. Hopefully, in the process, we also learned that helping could look vastly different in our relationship with our clients as compared to what it looked like in our families.
The antidote to codependency is self-love, self-care and self-worth. Cheers to all this good stuff in the New Year! As it turns out, taking care of ourselves is good for others too.