The Codependent Bill of Rights
I have a right to joy in this life, even when other people have problems.
I have a right to relax and have fun in nondestructive ways.
I have a right to actively pursue people, places, and situations that will help me achieve my goals.
I have a right to say no whenever I feel something is not safe or I am not ready.
I have a right not to participate in either the active or passive crazy-making behavior of parents, siblings, spouses, children, or others.
I have a right to take risks and to experiment with new strategies.
I have a right to change my mind.
I have a right to make mistakes and disappoint myself.
I have a right to leave the company of people who put me down, manipulate or hurt me, including my family.
I have the right to end conversations when I feel shamed or otherwise abused.
I have the right to all of my feelings.
I have a right to take time to change.
I have a right to a sane way of existence even if it deviates from my parents’ beliefs. I have a right to live my life as I see fit and not wait until anyone else gets well.
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