Overcoming Savior Behavior

As a therapist working with clients who express having codependent tendencies, as well as being a recovering Type A workaholic and codependent who entered treatment in 1993, I am well aware of the dynamic of “savior behavior.“ I attempted to fix, heal and kiss all the boo-boos of the people in my life to make them all better. I had a mother who modeled that for me and did it so well. While I know that kisses have medicinal properties, much like chicken soup, a.k.a. Jewish penicillin, I have come to accept that all the love in the world may not completely obliterate the scars left by traumas that some experience throughout their lives. I do have hope when I sit with clients who [...]