by Melody Beattie
Co-dependents are often angry, exhausted, and empty because they give so much of themselves to other people. A co-dependent person often learns that if they control their environment and the people around them that they feel some type of stability in their own lives. What the co-dependent person does not realize is that this need for control is actually controlling them. The co-dependent person often does not have insight into themselves—their own feelings and thoughts. I think the takeaway from this book for readers is that they must focus on themselves and help themselves become healthy individuals. Only when a person is healthy themselves are they able to fully give themselves to others.