ERNIE AND ERNESTINA: Searching
Book Two, Chapter 265: A Most Helpful Self-Help Book
The self-help book which has helped me the most — and the one I’ve been the most resistant to — is Darlene Lancer’s Codependency for Dummies.
I’m resistant to this book because its contents describe the co-dependent me so incisively that my body turns hot and I put the book down . . . but that’s also the reason why it’s so important for me to pick it up again.
In it, Darlene Lancer describes the characteristics of a person interacting with others in a healthy way.
I will be reliable, keep my word.
I will be honest and direct, not evasive.
I will be respectful, not rude or bossy.
I will be supportive, not indifferent or competitive.
I will be accepting, not judging.
I will be open, not secretive.
I will be authentic and real, not a phony or a braggart.
I will be flexible, not rigid.
I will allow, not control.
I will give, not withhold.
I will understand, not be cold and insensitive.
I will respect my boundaries and the boundaries of others.
Darlene Lancer writes clearly. She covers co-dependency thoroughly. She has helped make this dysfunctional behavior clearer to me. She has helped me to understand its origins. She has written down its symptoms.
I am on a spiritual journey, and she is another of my guiding angels.