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Codependence Quiz

 

This quiz was inspired by the support group, Codependents Anonymous.

What is 'codependence'?

Some people think that this is about being overly dependent or independent in romantic relationships. This is not the case.

Ultimately, codependence is about control: too much and too little.

It’s about the way strong feelings make you do out-of-control things, or the way you hide them, even from yourself. It’s about how you try to control others (also with compliance) as a way of protecting yourself.

This is happening in your life because of a skewed perception of yourself and others, which may have come about because of early trauma.

There is a well-proven way of counteracting these patterns, stopping the destruction and bringing about change in your life, and this is what we teach.

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Codependence Quiz Instructions

  1. Read through once
  2. Read through again. Think about situations when these patterns could occur in your life
  3. Mark either 'YES' or 'NO'
  4. Read the ASSESSMENT SECTION below
  5. Mark of the DEGREE OF UNMANAGEABILITY against any 'YES'
  6. Check to see which PATTERN OF CODEPENDENCE you most likely fall into
  7. Decide what you want to do about it.

DENIAL PATTERNS OF CODEPENDENCE

YES 

NO

Degree of
Unmanageability

  • Do you have difficulty identifying feelings?

 

 

 

  • Do you minimize, alter or deny your feelings?

 

 

 

  • Do you perceive yourself as being completely unselfish, dedicated to the well-being of others?

 

 

 

LOW SELF-ESTEEM PATTERNS OF CODEPENDENCE

YES

NO

Degree of
Unmanageability

  • Do you have difficulty making decisions?

 

 

 

  • Do you judge your thoughts, words and actions harshly, as never being good enough?

 

 

 

  • Are you embarrassed to receive recognition, praise or gifts?

 

 

 

  • Are unable to ask others to meets your needs or wants?

 

 

 

  • Do you value other people’s approval for your thoughts, feelings and behaviours over self-approval?

 

 

 

COMPLIANCY PATTERNS OF CODEPENDENCE

YES

NO

Degree of
Unmanageability

  • Do you compromise your values and integrity to avoid rejection and other people’s anger?

 

 

 

  • Are you very sensitive to others' feelings and assume the same feelings?

 

 

 

  • Are you extremely loyal, remaining in harmful situations too long?

 

 

 

  • Do you place a higher value on others' opinions and feelings, and are too afraid to express differing viewpoints or feelings?

 

 

 

  • Do you put aside your own personal interests and hobbies to do what others want?

 

 

 

CONTROL PATTERNS OF CODEPENDENCE

YES

NO

Degree of
Unmanageability

  • Do you believe that most others are incapable of taking care of themselves?

 

 

 

  • Do you attempt to convince others what they should think and feel?

 

 

 

  • Do you become resentful when others refuse your offers of help?

 

 

 

  • Do you freely offer advice and guidance without being asked?

 

 

 

  • Do you lavish gifts and favors on those you care about?

 

 

 

  • Do you use sex to gain approval and acceptance?

 

 

 

  • Do you have to be needed in order to have a relationship with others?

 

 

 

Assessment

If you answered yes to most of these patterns and characteristics does this mean that you are codependent?

Well yes and no.

Well no, because as human beings we all display these patterns and characteristics from time to time.

What makes it a ‘yes’ is the degree of unmanageability these patterns and characteristics make your life and those around you uncomfortable, inauthentic, chaotic, stressed, despairing, disempowered and unmanageable.

Go back to the top of the questionnaire and for every YES, rate your answer from 1 to 7:

Number 1 being the least number of times you find yourself in this condition regardless of whatever situation and/or circumstances.

Number 7 being the most times you find yourself in this condition and become aware that the results of this behaviour are not working for you regardless of the situation and/or circumstances.

Check to see if there is any particular category you fall into.

Any number over 3 means when you know a change is necessary.

How you go about this is up to you.

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