For many people, the word “dependent” conjures up negative associations with being helpless, powerless, and out of control. Our hyper-independent culture influences many to fear and dread relying on another person. However, the dictionary definition is a neutral one. The word “dependent” is defined as relying on someone or something else for support. The definition has no inference of negativity and is consistent with the idea that every healthy loving relationship has dependency as an essential component.
Keeping a Relationship in Balance
Being dependent does not preclude being independent as well.
- There are times to have independent thoughts, opinions, and activities.