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I wish I had gotten coherent advice like Smurfette's years ago, but it's a fabulous summary. Also impressed that somebody mentioned Melodie Beatty's (sp?) book, Codependent No More in that list; there's no doubt in my mind that I was a codependent for years and only beginning to get out of it now.

Thanks for the compliment. I was shaking when I wrote that post. I stayed late at work and took a cab home, because replying simply couldn't wait. I saw myself in her and I saw myself in your post in this thread about your multiple clueless ex's. It's a small world, us codependents have to stick together. :)

Have you read Melody Beattie's book, Playing It By Heart? I highly recommend it, although it's not an "empty stomach" kind of book. Wait until you feel stable. It's a whole other side of Melody that you don't see in Codependent No More and Beyond Codependency. It's eye opening. I also read Language of Letting Go pretty much everyday. It's been a few years before I had my big, "Ah HA!" moment, and it's still startling to me how a few well crafted words can hit home and rock my whole perspective of whatever is going on in my life.

Smurfette
*one huge Beattie fan*
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