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The question remains: What is and what isn't codependency? Beattie here reminds us that much of codependency is normal behavior. It's about crossing lines. There are times we do too much, care too much, feel too little, or overly engage. Feeling resentment after giving is not the same as heartfelt generosity. Narcissism and self-love, enabling and nurturing, and controlling and setting boundaries are not interchangeable terms.
In The New Codependency, Beattie explores these differences, effectively invoking her own inspiring story and those of others, to empower us to step out of the victim role forever. Codependency, she shows, is not an illness but rather a series of behaviors that once broken down and analyzed can be successfully combated.
Each section offers an overview of and a series of activities pertaining to a particular behavior - caretaking, controlling, manipulation, denial, repression, etc. - enabling us to personalize our own step-by-step guide to wellness. These sections, in conjunction with a series of tests allowing us to assess the level of our codependent behavior, demonstrate that while it may not seem possible now, we have the power to take care of ourselves, no matter what we are experiencing.
Punctuated with Beattie's renowned candor and intuitive wisdom, The New Codependency is an owner's manual to learnin...
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By Andy on 05-26-09
Hard to listen to
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of Codependent No More and have listened to it to help me get through some times. The speaker on that book sounds compassionate and like she understands what she's reading.
The speaker on this book sounds like she's reading a script and her inflections throw off the spirit behind the passage she's reading.
There may be some helpful content in this update but it's impossible to tell with the way it's being read.
32 of 33 people found this review helpful
By Janie on 11-12-09
Please offer with different narrator
I've read other books of Melody Beattie's and love them. I've listened for about an hour to this one and the information is great. However, the narrators voice is reminiscent of a controlling matriarchal character from the victorian era ---- ironic. I'm not sure I can stand her for 10 hours.
31 of 32 people found this review helpful