Codependency in the Workplace: A Guide for Employee Assistance and Human Resource Professionals

Codependency in the Workplace: A Guide for Employee Assistance and Human Resource Professionals

Codependency in the Workplace: A Guide for Employee Assistance and Human Resource Professionals

Codependency in the Workplace: A Guide for Employee Assistance and Human Resource Professionals

Synopsis

This book focuses attention on a common psychological element of the workplace that adversely affects how employees know themselves, each other, and their organizations. Allcorn describes the distorted system of thinking, feeling, and acting which characterizes codependency and examines the resulting control techniques which lead to a self-defeating and paradoxical life style. The origins of codependency in the family of origin are discussed and a model explains how it is learned. A new psychoanalytically informed perspective of the three faces of codependency is provided and a psychodynamic model explains codependency's psychological grid-lock. The implications of codependency for the workplace are discussed throughout the book and two chapters are devoted to how organizations can cope with codependency at work.

Excerpt

Understanding the workplace means understanding people. People who are our friends, colleagues, supervisors, or employees bring to work with them more than their skills and willingness to invest themselves in their work. They also bring with them their personalities, which may include personality disturbances that affect their performance and their ability to work with others. It is essential to open up this aspect of organizational life to closer inspection using psychology and, in the case of this book, psychoanalytically informed psychology. This book examines behavior at work from the point of view that thinking, feeling, and actions are often influenced by unconscious aspects of our lives that we are both painfully aware of and out of touch with. This book makes this examination by focusing on the now popular subject of codependency.

Almost all employees suffer from codependency to some extent. Their codependency affects them, each other, groups, and productivity. Appreciating the impact of codependency on the workplace translates into understanding what it is and how it affects people and work. Understanding codependency leads to new insights as to why people act the way they do at work and why, despite their best efforts and the efforts of others, they do not change dysfunctional patterns of thinking, feeling, and action.

Many of the most popular books on codependency are directed primarily at women who, one might conclude, are the primary sufferers from codependency. These books offer their readers case examples and reports of the compulsive, painful self-impoverishment that many codependents . . .

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