The codependent often feels unwanted, unlovable and a sense of rejection.
An extension of creating the perception of everything being perfect leads a codependent to negative feelings about how others feel about them. Their low self-esteem and fear of not being needed creates this sense, which leads to distrust and an unwillingness to share their feelings in an honest manner for fear of being exposed as a fraud.
As described above, codependency is characterized by a person engaged in an unhealthy, dysfunctional, one-sided, relationship where one person relies on the other for meeting nearly all of their emotional and self-esteem needs. It also describes a relationship that enables another person to maintain their irresponsible, addictive, or underachieving behavior.
Do you expend all of your energy in meeting your partner’s needs? Do you feel trapped in your relationship? Are you the one that is constantly making sacrifices in your relationship? Then you may be in a codependent relationship.