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Why is it so easy for codependents to deny their feelings?

What does denial look like for codependents?

How can you identify if and when you are in denial and attune to yourself?

In this episode, we will be looking at patterns of denial in codependency. Denial is not just a river in Egypt! Get it, Da Nile? We will review a list of behaviors that codependents tend to use–consciously and unconsciously–to deny their feelings, thoughts, and needs. I open up about gaining the courage to “just say ‘no’” to potential guests for the podcast and how, due to my denial, it was hard! It’s hard to be aware of how you are feeling and be able to say that in the moment–but we are working towards it. We end with ways for you to start building that awareness within yourself so you don’t have to keep denying yourself, ya dummy! It’s a must-listen!

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More deets on this week’s episode:

We start with a check-in as usual.

I then describe the 9 symptoms of denial as spelled out by Codependents Anonymous. How do you relate? Which stand out most to you:


Have difficulty identifying what they are feeling

Minimize, alter, or deny how they truly feel

Perceive themselves as completely unselfish and dedicated to the well-being of others

Lack empathy for the feelings and needs of others

Label others with their negative traits

Think they can take care of themselves without any help from others

Mask pain in various ways such as anger, humor, or isolation

Express negativity or aggression in indirect and passive ways

Do not recognize the unavailability of those people to whom they are attracted

I then share about ways I was in denial but practiced attunement during four interactions with potential guests on. the. podcast!

-Cool media therapist with too much back-and-forth correspondence

-the women’s mental health therapist who never mentioned codependency in her initial email

-the therapist who perceived me as “bored” in a recent episode interview

-the poor sound quality interview that had to be rescheduled

I still have yet to end an interview prematurely due to a poor fit, however, cancelling ahead of time due to a misalignment feels good!

For you:

How does denial show up in your own life?

Where does it come up the most: family, friends, work, partner?

What are the “costs” of remaining in denial? Do you lose money, time, miss out on opportunities or other relationships?

What would it be like to focus on self-attunement and do what you can to attune to rather than deny your feelings?

What’s one feeling you need to acknowledge this week to stop the pattern of denial in your life?

I love you. The end!






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