Is Your Boss Codependent?
Codependency is an extreme twining of a person’s sense of self with another person or group. Codependent individuals have poor boundaries and are often perfectionists. They also struggle with anxiety and a fear of abandonment. A tricky person to deal with wherever you encounter one, but if you have a codependent boss? Talk about a minefield.
Codependents struggle with low self-esteem and have a hard time maintaining (or even recognizing) healthy boundaries. They often need to establish a controlling relationship with others in order to feel personally validated, all while claiming to be taking “care” of those other people. For the codependent boss, this can mean an unhealthy degree of enmeshment with the entire staff…
By Jane Doe, LCSW
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