Codependent Diary Week 3: Victim Mentality

Codependency Is Not Love With Dr. Nicholas Jenner

This week we meet R. An elderly woman who has been married for 40 years to an emotionally distant husband in a very dysfunctional relationship. The physical side of their relationship is non-existent and things at home are complicated by the fact that their 35-year-old son still lives at home. Her husband tries to spend as little time as possible with her and R’s feelings about the situation move in cycles. Here is her story.

I do everything for these two. I cook, I clean, I look after them 24 hours a day. I even get my son up, make his bed and make breakfast for him while he is showering. This is my job and my life. I know no other way. I love it, yet I hate it because I get nothing back from them at all apart from more demands and criticism when they don’t get what they…

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